GRADUATE WRITING CENTER
Graduate papers may present new challenges–more length, more resources, more standards to follow, and more demands for correctness and creativity. Maybe you’re working full time, are commuting, have been out of school for a while, or are new to Valpo. Our range of consulting options and staff in THE WRITING CENTER AND GRADUATE TUTORING LAB can help you meet these challenges. We welcome you to the pleasure of working with someone on your writing projects. LOCATION: First floor of the Christopher Center Library.
What we do:
1. In-person Consultation
We provide one-on-one writing assistance for up to eight pages of content.
2. Content Evaluation
We help to ensure that your assignment meets the course requirements.
3. Grammatical Assistance
Possibly the most noticeable part of any paper. We help you get it right!
4. Citation Style Guidance
If we don't know, we can look it up!
5. Writing Skills for the Future
We are not a proofreading service but a way to improve your writing permanently.
International Student Assistance
Our staff is ready to meet the needs of international student who are great thinkers but have not yet mastered the confusing art of English writing. We are experienced English language writers, and we understand the difficulties of perfecting a second language. We will patiently examine your paper and help you turn it into a graduate level composition.
Consultants can usually respond to 8 pages in a consultation. For longer papers, plan several sessions, over a day or two. Alert the Writing Center that you plan to drop off or mail a long paper before an appointment. That way the consultant may be prepared ahead of time. For papers of 20 or more pages, consultations may be limited to analysis of the first 10 pages, a few in the middle, and the conclusion. This will allow you and the consultant to identify organizational problems and errors (punctuation, citation, usage) that may be occurring in the whole paper. As a courtesy, please give Graduate Writing Center staff a few days to review a paper of this length
Our staff–Writing Consultants and Graduate Tutoring Services
Our staff of writing consultants include graduate students from several programs and a professional director. You may sign up with any staff member. Because of their training and experience with writing, all the consultants are well qualified for most assignments.
Getting and appointment and preparing for your appointment
The graduate writing center is a service to meet the needs of our students, so don't hesitate to tell us those needs! We will do our best to meet them. If you need to contact the writing center, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEMI-ANNUAL WRITING WORKSHOP
The Semi-Annual Writing Workshop provides instruction and review of the APA and MLA writing styles and formats, along with other tips and ideas to make you an excellent writer. This workshop typically convenes in late September (Fall) and late January/early February (Winter) each year, and consists of 4-5 hrs of intense writing instruction, offered by VU faculty.
If you have questions about the program, please contact the Graduate School at 219-464-5313 or 1-800-821-7685, or by email at Graduate.School@valpo.edu.