Schedule an Appointment


Make an appointment with a University Writing Center writing consultant

Click on the "Schedule an Appointment" button above (http://jmu.mywconline.com/) to access the University Writing Center's online scheduler. After you register for your UWC account, you can reserve your 45-minute appointment with any of our writing consultants by clicking on one of the open white boxes.

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UWC Appointment FAQs and Policies

Will my UWC consultant proofread, correct, check, edit, or otherwise "fix" my writing for me?

How can I get the most out of my UWC session?

How far ahead can I schedule UWC sessions? / How frequently can I schedule UWC sessions?

Can I walk in and still meet with a UWC consultant? / How can I maximize my chances for a walk-in session?

Do you offer online consulting? / Am I eligible for online consulting? / How does online consulting work?

I'm running late / I missed my appointment. What now?

We are working on a group project / I'm part of a group. Can we / I use the UWC, and how do I sign up?

Does the UWC work with faculty members, staff members, and graduate students? Does the UWC offer help with articles for publication, Honors projects, graduate theses, and dissertations?

How can I learn about the writing consultants on the UWC's online scheduler? Who was that wonderful person I worked with?

I have other questions or concerns about UWC appointments.

Will my UWC consultant proofread, correct, check, edit, or otherwise "FIX" my writing for me?

  • NO.
  • We'll work with you as you work to make your writing better. UWC consultants can help you invent, brainstorm, focus in, plan, organize, edit, cut, expand, or clarify your writing. We can help you assess your audience and respond to feedback, and we can supply a trained second set of eyes. In a broader sense, we'll collaborate with you to identify strategies, tools, questions, approaches, or resources that you can apply in your future writing projects.

How can I get the most out of my UWC appointment?

  • Early is good / last minute is bad: Give yourself time after your UWC visit to make thoughtful choices about your writing. We'll work with you at any stage in your writing process, but believe that writers benefit most from their UWC visits when they're planning or drafting, instead of racing a deadline.
  • Help us help you: Be as specific as you can when you schedule your appointment (in the UWC online scheduler's "Concerns" box) and then again in the first five minutes of your session. Where are you in your writing process? What do you hope or need to focus on during the meeting? What are your concerns?
  • Bring your texts:
    • Bring your assignment / prompt / instructions / guidelines / grade rubric / instructor feedback. It's also useful to bring or be able to access your sources.
    • Bring your work, whether it's the ideas locked in your head, a page of scribbled notes, or your most recent draft.
  • Be flexible and participate actively: There's no set activity list for an effective UWC visit, and we try to tailor sessions to your needs. You may find yourself reading out loud, outlining your key ideas, summarizing your thesis, assessing your audience, freewriting, brainstorming, revising paragraphs and sentences, discussing sources, addressing grammar concerns, or consulting handbooks and online resources. In other words, you might not always get what you expected, but if you come prepared to participate actively, you might just find you get what you need.
    • Note that from time to time consultants fill in for other consultants, observe each other, and work together during sessions.

How far ahead can I schedule UWC sessions? / How frequently can I schedule UWC sessions?

  • You may schedule your UWC sessions up to two weeks in advance through the UWC's online scheduler.
  • You may schedule one 45-minute appointment per day and up to three appointments every seven calendar days.
  • You may return to the UWC for help on the same project as many times as you need provided you make significant revisions / invest significant effort between each visit.

Can I walk in and still meet with a UWC consultant? / How can I maximize my chances for a walk-in session?

  • It's better to reserve your slot ahead of time, since the UWC does not offer designated walk-in consultants.
  • Still, if you're in the neighborhood and we have an open consultant, we'll work to fit you in.
  • You can check consultant availability and calculate your prospects for a walk-in session by clicking on the "Schedule an Appointment" button at the top of this page.
    • When you walk in, start by introducing yourself to the friendly person at the front desk.
    • If this is your first time in the UWC, use the computer across from the front desk to create your UWC account and then sign in on the paper sheet next to the computer.
    • Have a seat at the walk-in table. 

Do you offer online consulting? / Am I eligible for online consulting? / How does online consulting work?

  • Consultants listed as "face-to-face or online" in the UWC's online scheduler are available for online sessions. Just click on an open hour and switch the "meet online?" option to "Yes - Schedule Online Appointment."
  • If you have made an appointment for an online session, simply log in to the scheduler just before your appointment time. At your appointment time, click on the box where your appointment is booked. In the window that opens, click on “Join Online Consultation.”

I'm running late / I missed my appointment. What now?

  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so through the UWC's online scheduler at least an hour before your start time. If you're running just a few minutes late but hope to keep your slot, or if you belatedly recognize that you just can't make it, please call us at (540) 568-1759. Doing so will help us to hold your slot (for just a few extra minutes) or to open it up for other JMU writers.
  • If we don't hear from you ahead of time and/or if you are more than ten minutes late, you may lose your appointment to any waiting walk-ins. If we don't hear from you or see you at all, we will register your appointment as "missed."
  • We do track missed sessions. If you miss a first session, you can write to let us know why. If you miss a second session, the UWC online scheduler will automatically revoke your online scheduling privileges through the end of the semester. If you find yourself in this temporary doghouse, you can still use the Writing Center on a walk-in basis (see above).

We are working on a group project / I'm part of a group. Can we / I use the UWC, and how do I sign up?

  • The UWC welcomes full groups, parts of groups, and individuals from groups
  • In an ideal session, we help with the writing produced by students who are physically present for the session. If you wrote Section A of a group paper but not Sections B and C, we'll try to focus on Section A. However, in some group writing projects, one or two members are assigned to serve as editors for the whole paper. In these cases, we can help the editors to more effectively edit the paper as a whole.
  • Help us prepare for your group when you schedule your appointment. After you select a time that works for you and your fellow group members, write something like "I'm working on a group paper/project with four other people. I'm expecting that at least of three of us will be coming for our UWC session" in the reservation form's "Concerns" box.

Does the UWC work with faculty members, staff members, and graduate students? Does the UWC offer help with articles for publication, Honors projects, graduate theses, and dissertations?

  • YES to all!

How can I learn about the UWC consultants listed on the online scheduler? / Who was that wonderful person I worked with?

Other questions or concerns?

  • If you have questions, call (540) 568-1759 or visit the UWC on the 1st floor of the Student Success Center.

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