Students, tutors, and teachers focusing on writing form the Writing Center community and create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in which writers work with other writers. Visitors to the center are encouraged to discuss their writing and writing in general.
The Center helps its clients become better writers, and to this end, our goals are these:
- Helping clients enhance their writing skills
- Helping clients move from writer-based to reader-based prose
- Helping clients see the value of creating multiple drafts
- Helping clients see strengths and problems in their writing
- Helping clients learn to proofread their writing
- Empowering clients to own their writing
- Nurturing creative ideas
The Center’s staff assists its clients at any stage of the writing process. The Center welcomes students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and also offers resources for those writing in English as a second language.
What Our Clients Can Expect From a Consultation (What We Do)
We generally begin by asking the writer to identify issues of concern. This is consistent with our intention to put the writer in the center seat.
We will, however, comment on higher order concerns (thesis, supporting discussion and evidence, coherence and logic) if we see these as problems, as these are usually the most important areas of concern for instructors and other readers. If we don't understand your argument or if we think you need more explanation, we will tell you so. If the organization is not clear, we will also tell you this.
If your paper is a source-based one, such as a research paper, we will look to see whether the sources seem to be cited appropriately and correctly, though we will rely upon you to identify particular problems or concern. If we have concerns that there are problems with plagiarism or errors in citing sources, we may ask you to address these problems first and then return with the assignment for a follow-up consultation.
We address grammatical errors last (unless you ask us to address them first), usually by pointing out a consistent problem or two and providing a model for correcting the problem. It is not unusual for us to direct students to one of the many online resources that can help a writer overcome the problem (exercises and the like). We might also direct the paper's writer to our own lists of resources that we have found to be helpful (many of which are posted at the bottom of the Student Links page). Some of the tutors have other favorites to which they may direct the writer.
Our Limitations (What We Do Not Do)
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all walk-ins. We cannot guarantee that we will have an appointment available when you need or want one. We encourage students to make appointments, especially during the midterm and the last weeks of the semester when we are most busy.
We are not proofreaders or editors; our mission is a teaching one (to help our clients become confident and independent writers). It is not our place as tutors to go through an assignment and correct all of the errors as an editing service might. We do not rewrite faulty passages. If we see a consistent grammatical or mechanics error, we will demonstrate methods for correcting it, and we will point to a resource or strategy you can use for correcting it on other occasions.
With respect to citing sources correctly, we will direct you to what sources we know of (usually the Purdue OWL and those resources our library and other university libraries have posted online), but we will not go through the essay and correct the citation errors for you. We will help you locate the answer to any question about citations to the best of our ability so that you can correct errors yourself.
We cannot guarantee that your work (essay, letter, paper, etc.) fits the instructions given to you. If your text does not seem to fit the rubric or assignment sheet you have provided, we will suggest you contact the instructor for clarification. There may be instructions that you have not shared with us, or instructions may have been given that you were not present for or did not hear, or the teacher may have preferences that we had no knowledge of. Occasionally, an assignment is new to us, too.
We do not offer an opinion as to grades or as to how the teacher might evaluate the work you show us. We encourage you to visit your instructor with these kinds of questions.
We do not offer a guarantee that every piece of advice we offer will result in a higher grade. Our experience suggests that students see the benefits of working with us over time.
We do not claim to always have "the right answer." Writing is often about choices, and we do our best to make our clients aware of their choices. Occasionally, an assignment that is new to you is new to us, too. If you have questions about any of the advice we have given you, we encourage you to consult with the instructor.
If you are interested in learning more about the UL Lafayette Writing Center and its services, please stop by to visit us in Griffin 107 or call the Center at 482-5224.
Location & Hours
The Writing Center is located in HL Griffin Hall, Room 107.
Fall and Spring Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (subject to change)
Summer Hours: Call the Center at 482-5224 for summer hours.
Library Satellite Station : Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Fall and Spring semesters only)(Closed during university holidays, breaks, or exam periods.)
Jude Marr, Assistant Director