The Writing Center provides Cornish students with free personalized writing support. Writers can visit us for a conference on essays for courses, resumes and cover letters, artist statements, or anything else that includes writing. And there’s no need to have a draft for an in-person conference because we can help you brainstorm! Conferences can help you during any and all stages of your writing process.
In our individualized half-hour conferences, writers can expect our consultants to be active readers. We focus on your goals and concerns, providing practical feedback by asking questions and helping you think through solutions to your writing challenges.
Drop-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact us or stop by our office to reserve a 30-minute or 1-hour conference time.
In-Person Conferences: What to Expect
Consultants begin by asking about your project and what brings you to the Writing Center for support. It’s always helpful to bring any notes or drafts you have, as well as a copy of the assignment if you are writing for a course.
NEW! Online Conferences
We now invite Cornish writers to submit drafts online! Online consultants are happy to respond to a variety of writing such as essays, research papers, artist statements, resumes, and employment or scholarship applications.
To submit a draft online, click here. After logging into compass, you’ll be taken directly to the submission form.
Online Conferences: What to Expect
After submitting your draft, a Writing Consultant will respond via email with an embedded link to a video response. We prioritize the main question or concern you share with us in the submission form, so it’s useful to spend a moment articulating what you want feedback on. When developing their response, our consultants first focus on the overall clarity of your draft before attending to issues of grammar and punctuation.
How long does it take to receive my video response?
Generally, you will receive our response within 24 hours of submitting your draft during open hours. At this time, drafts submitted on the weekends will be attended to on Monday. Please be aware that written responses, holidays, or drafts submitted during peak times such as finals week may result in longer turn-around times. If this is the case, you will be notified via email.
Just Come Write With Us!
Writers are welcome to use our computer lab to write and complete coursework anytime we are open. Bring your coffee and headphones and pull up a chair – we’ll leave you alone to work quietly, or we’re happy to check in with you and help along the way. We have lots of resources that can help you while you write, including: books on writing, citation, and grammar; suggested websites for citation or grammar assistance; a black-and-white printer; and a friendly consultant who is always happy to answer questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the consultants?
Our Writing Center consultants are composed of Cornish students and the Writing Center Coordinator.
Peer consultants are interested and inquisitive writers, learners, and artists who are enthusiastic about working with others on their writing. They receive on-going training in writing pedagogy, theories about learning, and methods of consulting. The Writing Center Coordinator’s specialty is rhetoric/composition and writing pedagogy. She is also a faculty member in the Humanities and Social Sciences, where she teaches courses in the study and practice of writing.:
Can students bring their papers for proofreading?
We are happy to help you edit and proofread your writing. However, our purpose as a writer’s resource is neither to do things for you nor to tell you what to write. Instead of proofing for you, we help you recognize your typical grammatical errors and will show you options for correcting them. .
Resources for esl & international students
The center provides language assistance for International and ESL students, including help with expanding vocabulary, understanding assignments, conveying ideas, understanding sentence structure, and working with verb tenses and articles.
Vocabulary Building Resources
Resources for Faculty
Amanda invites faculty to talk about how the Writing Center can support in-class writing instruction and our students’ development as writers. If you are interested in how the Writing Center can enhance your teaching or support you as include writing in your courses, email Amanda.
Writing Center opens for Spring semester on Tuesday, Jan 21.
Spring 2014 Hours
- Monday 11 – 2 p.m., 3:30 – 6 p.m.
- Tuesday – Thursday 11 – 6 p.m.
- Wednesday 11:30 – 6 p.m.
- Friday 11 – 3 p.m.
*Tuesday/Thursday 4:30 - 6 p.m. open hours are held in the Cornish Library