Policies for Writers:
- Writers may have up to two appointments a week (the week begins on Monday) and are limited to one appointment a day.
- If you are 10 or more minutes late for your appointment, we may mark it as “missed” and give that time to another writer.
- If you miss 2 appointments in a semester, you will be blocked from making appointments for the rest of the semester. You may cancel an appointment up to 4 hours before your session.
- All appointments must be made under your own name and email account. You may use only one email account. Users with more than one account, who make an appointment under another person’s account, or who allow another person to make an appointment under their account may be blocked for the rest of the semester.
- The writing you bring must be your own (collaborative or co-authored work is fine). Users who bring other writers’ work may be asked to leave the session or their account may be blocked for the rest of the semester.
- If you have made an appointment for a group project, please indicate that on the appointment form. We require that at least half of a group’s members are present for the appointment.
- If you would like to hire an editor, see the English Department’s list of Editors for Hire. These editors typically work for hourly/per project rate, which should be negotiated with the individual. You can also find information about the ESL Program’s tutor and editor list through the Department of Linguistics.
Policies for Instructors:
Requiring students to visit the Writers Workshop
We ask that you avoid making a Writers Workshop visit a class requirement, because we cannot accommodate required use of the Workshop with our current staffing resources. Rather than requiring your students to make an appointment with the Workshop, we encourage you to contact us so that we can provide a tailored in-class presentation to your students. We find that we can accomplish a lot in these large-group formats, and that students are more likely to visit the Workshop after gaining insight into how they can benefit from the one-to-one sessions.
You might consider providing extra credit for students who visit the Writers Workshop to receive feedback or attend one of our workshops. If you decide to offer a full class extra credit for coming to the Workshop—especially if you teach a high-enrollment course—we ask that you call or email to let us know your students will be coming. To document proof of attendance for writing consultations, your students can request that we copy you on their post-session report form or they can take a picture of their drop-in form. To document proof of attendance at a presentation, your students can take a picture of our powerpoint and/or pick up a handout. While we can provide proof of attendance, with students’ permission, we will protect students’ privacy and authorial agency and will not monitor students who have used our services.
If you’d like to provide your students with information about our services, feel free to use our syllabus statement.