At the Cortland Writing Center, we believe writing is a process of invention, drafting, and revision that happens in sometimes linear, sometimes circular ways. We recognize that each individual approaches this process differently, and we value those differences and strive to work with them--helping writers develop their own abilities in ways that help them succeed. We also believe that, while every writer is an individual, writing does not take place in isolation; we value the benefits that conversation, feedback, and collaboration can have for the writing process.
Whether brainstorming for an essay, negotiating new and different rhetorical situations and genre expectations, or just looking for a new perspective about a piece of writing, our writing consultants are happy to talk with any writer about any writing at any stage of the process. Ultimately, our goal at the Writing Center is to provide a supportive, comfortable, and safe environment where, through thoughtful response and facilitation, we help writers develop as they develop their writing.
With these beliefs guiding our work at the Writing Center, we are happy to help writers with any facet of the writing process, including (but not limited to):
Each writing consultation is different based on the needs of the student, but there are a few things that might be helpful to know before your first appointment. Our writing consultations usually last about half an hour. Your writing consultant will sit down with you and together you’ll look over the assignment you’re working on (if you have a prompt for the assignment, be sure to bring it with you). They’ll ask you to explain what you’re looking for help with specifically and then turn to whatever writing you have with you and the session will proceed from there. It is important to keep in mind that our consultants are graduate students and writing instructors who will provide thoughtful, critical responses to your work, but they won’t do the work for you. In other words, our writing consultants are not here to proofread your work, but they will help you become a more mature, more confident writer.