Writer’s Center FAQs for Faculty & Staff

We appreciate any and all support from our faculty and staff across campus to encourage students to utilize the Writer’s Center. We strongly believe it is an invaluable resource for our shared goal to facilitate student success at CCCC. Thank you!

For Your Syllabus

Including information about the Writer’s Center on your syllabi may increase student participation since students are sometimes unaware of the type of writing support that Coastal provides. We provide a specific text that includes our hours, location, and an explanation of our general services, which can be copied and pasted directly into your syllabi. We appreciate accurate representation of our services and policies.

Syllabus Statement: The Writer’s Center is located on the second floor of the LRC to the left of the staircase. Tutors will work with you in a 30-minute, one-on-one session to provide assistance with different writing aspects such as style, organization, content, voice, and documentation. In addition to your draft and/or any pre-writing notes, please bring your assignment sheet to your session. The hours of operation are Monday – Thursday from 9am – 3pm and Friday from 9am – 12pm. The Writer’s Center takes both appointments and walk-ins. To make an appointment, please click the link “Make an Appointment” on the Writer’s Center homepage, which can be accessed through the Writer’s Center icon in your MyCCCC Portal or through Coastal Carolina Community College’s website at www.coastalcarolina.edu/student-resources/writerscenter/.  You may also call the Writer’s Center at 910-938-6354.

Online tutoring syllabus statement:

The Writer’s Center is a free resource available to CCCC students for help with any aspect of the writing process. It is located on the second floor of the LRC on Coastal’s campus. However, if you are unable to visit the Writer’s Center in person, online tutoring is available for students enrolled in this course*. Students may submit drafts to the Writer’s Center by selecting “Yes—Schedule Online Appointment” beside the “Meet Online?” option on the Writer’s Center appointment form, and a tutor will review the draft and provide in-line feedback using the comment function in Microsoft Word. Please make sure you attach your draft and the assignment sheet as .doc or .docx format so tutors can review them electronically. For additional appointment information, please visit the Writer’s Center website at https://www.coastalcarolina.edu/student-resources/writers-center/

* Online tutoring is not available for face-to-face classes on Coastal’s main campus. “

What can I tell my students to expect from their WC sessions?

The student will sit down with a tutor for no more than 30 minutes to have a conversation about her/his writing. The student will be asked for a copy of the assignment sheet and what s/he would like to work on during the session. Depending on how far along the student is in the writing process, either the student or the tutor will read the paper aloud and then discuss strengths and weaknesses in the writing. Tutors are not editors and will focus on grammar and punctuation only if that is what the student needs, but the goal will be to encourage students to see their own grammatical errors and, instead, tutors will focus on larger content and structural issues that are more likely to impede successful communication of ideas.

Can/should I require my students to visit the Writer’s Center at some point in the semester?

We strongly discourage instructors from requiring students and/or entire classes to visit the center. Individuals who are required to come in often bring a negative attitude to the session and will see it as punishment. When classes are required to come, the majority of the students will wait until the last day or two to make appointments or walk in, and the WC is not staffed to handle this influx of students.

However, we suggest including information about the WC on your syllabus, recommending the WC to your students as a self-elected aid, and perhaps incentivizing a visit to the WC at some point in the semester.

Additionally, a Writer’s Center coordinator can visit your class to introduce your students to our services, philosophies, and staff. Classroom visits should take no more than 15 minutes of your class time. Contact us to schedule a visit; we ask that all classroom visits be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.

Will I get feedback from the WC about my students’ visits?

Yes. You will receive an email from the Writer’s Center that your student has visited us, which will include a brief description of what was covered in the session. These emails will be sent in bulk on Friday afternoons at the end of our weekly operating hours. Please respond to these emails for our data tracking purposes.

What can I do to make my students’ sessions most productive?

  • It’s very useful for the Writer’s Center to have copies of class assignments on file in case the student forgets to bring the assignment sheet to the consultation. This will ensure that the tutor understands the assignment well enough to make sure the student is following it appropriately. You can upload your assignment to the Writer’s Center Sharepoint folder labeled “Assignment Sheets” in Office 365. Please name your file as follows: Instructor-Assignment-Class
  • We would love for you to encourage your students to visit the Writer’s Center, but requiring them to come often results in unproductive sessions since student engagement is forced and minimal. We encourage you to work incentives into the structure of your course.
  • Please make sure you indicate on research assignments which documentation format you prefer students to use or clear guidelines for a customized format. We will consult the most current edition of any style guide unless otherwise specified on the assignment or syllabus. While consultants are more experienced with MLA and APA documentation styles, they can help with any documentation style that is assigned.

My student visited the WC for a project, yet the paper was still mediocre. What happened?

Our consultations with students are 30 minutes long since research has proven that this is the maximum amount of time you can be optimally productive without a break. Because our sessions are short, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to cover a student’s entire paper. We will begin with the larger issues dealing with content and structure and work our way down to lower-level issues such as grammar and punctuation. We offer suggestions to writers and leave it up to them to make their own writing choices, and we can’t guarantee that writers will take all of our suggestions. Additionally, students come to us at many different stages of their writing process, some very early on. While we urge students to return to us for further assistance, they will not always do so.

Can I bring my own writing to the WC for feedback?

Yes! We invite faculty/staff to make appointments with us. We are pleased to offer our resources and provide feedback as desired for personal or professional writing. We also love to help brainstorm writing activities and/or strategize assignment designs for your courses. Come see us!