The Writing Center provides one-on-one consultations during the Spring 2021 semester in-person and online via Zoom video meetings. For information and instruction about online Zoom consultations, visit our online consultation page. We’ll gladly help with whatever concerns or questions you have, no matter what stage your project is in.
Students are allowed one appointment per day up to three days a week. Our call hours for questions or scheduling are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please use our main phone line, (804) 828-4851, during these hours. For questions or concerns outside of those hours, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, but be aware we are unable to schedule appointments through email.
We schedule our appointments in hour-long blocks, but your actual appointment time will be 45 minutes. We made this change to ensure we have time to disinfect our space between consultations and still see all students on time. Our hours of operation are:
Come ready. Bring an online copy of guidelines or materials related to your project, along with any questions and concerns. You don’t have to bring a complete draft. Making an appointment just to clarify an assignment or generate ideas is fine and even encouraged. Be sure to download any documents that you want to share in the meeting beforehand!
Come early. If you come too close to your assignment’s due date, you might not have time to make all the revisions you’d like. Plus, this leaves time for you to come back for additional feedback at later stages.
Come ready to talk. You’ll accomplish the most when the session is a dialogue rather than a lecture. We won’t just edit your paper for you; we’ll work out ways to make it awesome together.
Even when we are social distancing and wearing masks, you can still expect the same VCU Writing Center experience. Consultations will be one-on-one and focused on your specific concerns and goals. Using all the tools at our disposal, your consultant will collaborate with you to make you a more confident writer.
During your session, you might brainstorm to find a strong topic driven by your interests and passions. Or you might create an outline, sorting through your ideas to figure out how they fit together. Maybe you’ll want to read through your first draft and talk about transitions, organization or tone. Or you might work together to polish your final draft.
We are happy to schedule appointments for any stage of your writing process. You don’t have to have anything written to use our services. You can have a consultation just to brainstorm ideas and find your best starting points.
Following social distancing and health guidelines, the VCU Writing Center will not be taking drop-in appointments at this time. We prefer that you schedule appointments remotely, either online through Navigate or by phone (see directions below).
During this time, we prefer students schedule appointments remotely online or over the phone. To make an appointment online, please visit Navigate, our self-scheduling appointment system. Be sure to select the accurate service [Online UGrad, Online ELP, or In-Person Grad Consultation] when self-scheduling.
You must include your VCU email address in the Appointment Details in order for your appointment to be scheduled.
You may also call the Writing Center front desk at (804) 828-4851 to speak to a shift leader who can help you set up an appointment.
Working on a long-term project or need more than one appointment?
For some additional tips on how to make the most of your appointment, select a header below:
We ask that you do not send any documents ahead of time. Your consultant will not be able to read any drafts of your work prior to the time of your appointment.
After you schedule your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions about how to use Zoom, as well as how appointments will work.
Be sure to read the email carefully before your appointment to avoid any issues or miscommunications.
At the time of your appointment, you will now complete self check-in online:
At the time of your appointment, you will need to notify the Shift Leader that you’ve completed your self check-in.
You and your consultant will address your goals for the appointment, and get to work! This will involve you reading any drafts you have prepared out loud. If you are using Google docs, you and your consultant will work in “Suggesting” mode (See Google Docs Tips below).
At the end of your appointment, you will now complete self check-out online:
Please honor the 45 minute consultation end mark. These times are set to allow consultants enough time to prepare for upcoming meetings and to allow you to move smoothly to your next event.
Creating a Google Doc
Sharing a Google Doc
Using suggesting mode