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Writing Center

The Writing Center provides Cornish students with free personalized writing support through individualized half-hour conferences. Writers visit the Writing Center to chat with consultants about any kind of writing.

Spring 2022 in the Writing Center

The Cornish Writing Center will be operating remotely in Spring 2022, offering online consultations (synchronous) and screencast feedback (asynchronous).

You may schedule your online consultation (Zoom) by clicking on the link below. Same-day appointments are welcome.

You may submit your writing for screencast feedback seven days a week. Expect a response within 48 hours.

See our Canvas page for details and resources.

Send questions to Interim Writing Center Director, Christine Sumption.

 


Peer Consultants

Writing Center peer consultants are Cornish students who serve as readers, sounding boards, and advisors for fellow artists and writers. Consultants prepare for this work by taking a semester-long class dedicated to theories about writing and learning while developing strategies for supporting all writers at any stage of the writing process.

Writing Center Hours

For health and safety reasons, the Writing Center Lounge will be closed during the Spring 2022 semester.

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule Your Appointment

Information + Details

Our Writing Center consultants are Cornish students, mentored by the Writing Center Director, Amanda Hill. Peer consultants are inquisitive writers and artists who are thrilled to talk with fellow artists about their writing. Writing Center consultants take a semester-long class dedicated to theories about writing and learning while developing strategies for supporting all writers with many kinds of writing questions.

WHAT TO HAVE READY FOR A LIVE CONSULTATION

You can chat with us about all kinds of writing such as:

  • class essays
  • creative writing
  • presentations
  • resumes and cover letters
  • artist statements
  • anything else you’re composing

And there’s no need to have a draft for a live conference because our consultants love to help you brainstorm! We are here to help during any and all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to editing. During a conference, writers can expect our consultants to be active readers. We focus on your goals and concerns and provide practical feedback by asking questions and helping you think through the possibilities in your writing.

LIVE CONSULTATIONS + WHAT TO EXPECT

Live consultations are available in-person or remotely using  Zoom. We begin by talking about your project, your questions, and what you’d like to achieve together. It’s always helpful when you bring any notes or drafts you’ve written, as well as having the assignment handy if the project is for a class.

Reserve a time by using our online scheduling to reserve your time. Same day appointments are usually available and we may even be able to meet with you within the next hour.

SUBMIT YOUR WRITING ONLINE FOR VIDEO FEEDBACK

We invite our busy Cornish writers to submit drafts online; a consultant will prepare a screencast video response that you can watch and use at your convenience. In video feedback, consultants respond to a variety of writing concerns, such as:

  • How can I achieve better organization in my paper?
  • Does the tone of my cover letter sound professional? How could I make it more polished?
  • Does the conflict between these two characters come across in my short story? What could I do with the dialogue to emphasize that?
  • And many more!

We will respond to your writing within 48 hours, and we usually get back to you within one day.

Writing Center Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

WRITING CENTER MISSION STATEMENT 

We believe that writing is a means to think through and communicate about our art, and an art-form unto itself. By using collaborative, question-based, and writer-centered approaches, we support students of all backgrounds and abilities as they develop into more effective, confident writers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Through our consultations and services, we aim for writers to achieve the following outcomes, differentiated by frequency.
We aim for new users of the Writing Center to:

  • Know what the Writing Center offers and when to seek our resources
  • Know that writing is a process & there’s no wrong way to go about it
  • Develop new writing strategies
  • Feel comfortable talking about their writing

We aim for seasoned users of the Writing Center to:

  • Exercise agency in discussing and revising their own writing
  • Build awareness of their own strengths & weaknesses as writers
  • Recognize that writing choices depend upon audience
  • Feel confident writing in different contexts

Alumni are Welcome!

Cornish alumni are welcome to continue to use Writing Center services after graduation. They may visit face-to-face by scheduling an appointment or submit online using their Cornish email. We just ask that alumni users respect the volume of current student consultations we conduct by doing two things:

  1. Be thoughtful about the frequency with which they seek feedback, especially during mid-term and finals week.
  2. Be aware that during busy times of the semester we may need to prioritize currently enrolled students. In practice, this may mean it takes us a few days to get back to you with video feedback, rather than 24 hours, or we need to find an alternative time to meet with you. We’ll let you know if that’s the case.

 

 

 

Follow us on Facebook  and Instagram for announcements about writing workshops and other word-themed special events.

 

 

Humanities + Sciences
Amanda Hill Headshot

Amanda Hill

Professor of Rhetoric and Composition | Writing Center Director

Visit
the Writing Center Lounge

UPDATE:For health and safety reasons, the Writer Center Lounge will be closed for the Spring 2022 semester.

The Writing Center staff enjoys welcoming students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our space. We’re located in MCC 212, conveniently next door to the library.

When visiting Cornish, come by and we’ll make you a cup of tea or coffee and show you around. Not only can writers address all of their research and writing needs in one corridor, our space is carefully outfitted with a cozy lounge with sofa and chairs. We have the usual amenities you’d look for in a writing space, including tables for group or individual work, and nine PC computer workstations.

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