Even when we meet virtually, 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 virtual tools at our disposal, your consultant will collaborate with you to make you feel like a more confident writer.
We are happy to schedule online appointments for any stage of your writing process. You don’t have to have anything written to use this service. You can have an online 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 ask that you schedule appointments remotely, either online through Navigate or by phone (see directions below).
During this time, we can only schedule appointments online or over the phone.
To make an appointment online, please visit Navigate. Be sure to select the accurate online service [Online UGrad, Online ELP, or Online Grad Consultation] when self-scheduling.
You must include your VCU email address in the Appointment Details in order for your appointment to be scheduled. This will allow your consultant to email you the Zoom link at the time of your appointment.
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.
We need at least two hours’ advance notice for online appointments. This allows your consultant to send your Zoom appointment link at the time of your appointment. You must have a stable internet connection, working webcam, and microphone to participate. Sign up for a Zoom account if you don’t already have one.
Working on a long-term project, or need a few appointments in a row? Our scheduling policy for online appointments is the same as for in-person:
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.
Also, you do not need to turn on your camera if you do not feel comfortable. Lastly, you don’t need to have a draft! Brainstorming sessions are some of our favorite and most productive consultations.
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.
At the time of your appointment, you will now self check in online:
At the time of your appointment, your consultant will email you the Zoom link to begin the consultation.
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 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 online event.
Do not disturb
Set your screen name as your first and last name. We encourage you to include your pronouns and preferred name. Click the “...” at the top right of your video. Select “Rename.”
Creating a Google Doc
Sharing a Google Doc
Using suggesting mode
In our online sessions, we aim to preserve the conversational nature of traditional writing consultations. Zoom makes an online consultation as much like an in-person appointment as possible. Online consultations may take a little longer and be a bit slower paced if there are any technical difficulties.
Since this is still a face-to-face, real-time exchange, both the consultant and the writer will participate. So expect to hold up your end of the conversation.
The Writing Center does not offer online editing and proofreading services. Online consultations are, however, great for further developing your ideas and discussing organization.