Make an Appointment

Make an appointment at the Writing Center.  

If you are unable to schedule your appointment online, for any reason, please call 202-994-3765 and speak with one of our front office assistants. If you do not get a confirmation e-mail for your appointment, please call us as well.

Appointment Policies

  • Appointments are available in 25- and 50-minute segments (shown as 30 and 60 on the WCOnline scheduling system).
  • You may schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance during the regular semester.
  • You may have up to three appointments per week, up to 50 minutes per day, during the regular semester.

Keep in mind that our schedule fills quickly, especially around the end of the semester, so we recommend making an appointment in advance. We do offer drop-in appointments, as available.

Students in online programs can also make appointments through the scheduling system and indicate a distance session. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, visit mywconline or call (202) 994-3765. Distance appointments are only available at our main, Gelman Library location.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you are unable to keep an appointment you've scheduled, please cancel that appointment through our online system or call our front desk (during regular business hours) at (202) 994-3765. At least three-hours notice is required for cancellations. For example, a 2:00PM appointment must be cancelled before 11:00AM. If you cannot give us three-hours notice, your session will be marked as a missed appointment. We appreciate the courtesy of a call even for missed appointments, as other students may be able to sign up for that session in your absence.

What if I arrive late or miss my appointment?

If you are more than 10 minutes late to a 25-minute appointment, or 15 minutes late to a 50-minute appointment, our front office assistant will mark your appointment as "missed." If another writer is waiting to see a consultant, the appointment will be given to that writer.

Because we recognize that last-minute changes can arise in your schedule, we allow up to three missed appointments per semester. After the third missed appointment, your WCOnline account will be disabled; for the remainder of the current semester, you will no longer be able to schedule appointments in advance. You are still welcome, however, to come in for drop-in appointments, as available.

Group Projects

We welcome small groups into the Center who are working on collaborative writing projects. For group-written assignments, we require that all group members be here at the appointment to discuss the whole piece, because we can’t discuss the writing of a person who isn’t present. If you have written an individual section, we can meet with you individually to discuss that portion of the project only.

Take-Home Midterms and Final Exams

The Writing Center is happy to support your work on take-home essays assigned as midterms or finals, as long as your professor permits Writing Center help. For these types of projects, we must have an email from your professor giving you (or the entire class) permission to use the Center, because we want to respect the University’s Code of Academic Integrity. Ask your professor whether you have permission to use the Center for your take-home exam and, if so, to send us an email granting that approval. The email should include your name and the course title, and should be sent to gwriter@gwu.edu. We must have this email before your appointment begins.

Confidentiality

The Writing Center honors the trust between consultant and client; confidentiality in relation to your academic work is maintained. We will not discuss the content of your appointment with your professor without your permission. Upon your request, we can provide verification of attendance to professors. That verification depends on your good-faith contribution to the collaborative session. Please request the verification during the appointment (usually at the end).

 

The above policies and procedures have been developed in collaboration with student writers, consultants, faculty, and administrators to strengthen the GW Writing Center's commitment to ethical writing practices and to provide clear expectations of the Center's mission in practice. Feel free to contact the Writing Center director at gwriter@gwu.edu if you have any questions.