Preparation

The Writing Center works with students at all levels. From students who feel they struggle with writing, to advanced writers at upper levels of their education, to everyone in between, we meet writers at their point of need. We even have professors visit us and work with our consultants on project assignments for their classes. Good writers know that getting an outside critical viewpoint is invaluable for strengthening the work, and our consultants offer supportive conversations with students about their writing projects throughout their undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate experience here at GW.

We are a free service offered by the university to help you improve your writing.

Preparing for Your Appointment

You should bring any and all relevant materials to your appointment. These can include drafts, professor’s or TA’s comments, the assignment prompt, relevant course readings, and research materials. Our consultants can’t read through everything in one sitting, but it’s still useful to have these materials to reference when questions about the assignment arise.

There are benefits to coming at all stages of the writing process. Our Writing Center can help with everything from brainstorming at the beginning, to developing an argument, to structure, clarity, and grammar before you hand in the final paper.

At the beginning stages of a project, you can schedule brainstorming appointments. For these, it’s entirely possible to come in empty-handed, without any writing in place, with the goal of leaving with solid ideas and a plan of action in hand. Preparation is different at each stage of the process, and coming in early when a project is in the conceptual stage can be the best preparation of all.

If you do come to the Center with a final draft, please keep in mind that we are not a copy-editing/proofreading service. While we do help students with grammar and syntax, we ask you to engage with us in conversation so that you’ll learn to correct these writing issues on your own. Our consultants aren’t here to “fix” your paper. They are here to collaborate with you on strengthening your writing on the whole.