THE WRITING CENTRE

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“Let your writing reflect your genius.”

GENERAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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APPOINTMENTS WITH SPECIALIST COACHES

USEFUL RESOURCES

NOTE CAREFULLY:

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Writing coaches DO:

  1. promote The Writing Centre as a non-threatening space where writers at all levels of proficiency feel comfortable to approach a writing coach and, with his or her guidance, find their own solutions to writing challenges
  2. identify each individual’s writing needs
  3. assess each individual’s requirements, past writing history, general composing habits, approaches to learning, attitudes to writing, and with this background information, determine with the student how they are to proceed
  4. provide clients with individualised, collaborative assistance at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to revision
  5. give students feedback on an assignment’s overall structure, focus, format, organisation, clarity, thesis statement, topic sentences, etc.
  6. suggest writing strategies
  7. emphasise that writing is a process which involves practice, risk-taking and (sometimes extensive) revision
  8. welcome experimentation, trial runs of ideas, trying, trying and trying again.

Writing coaches DO NOT:

  1. correct, edit or proofread credit or practice assignments for students
  2. tell students what to write
  3. rewrite students’ work
  4. suggest a grade for students’ work
  5. teach material from missed classes
  6. accept drop-off assignments to be proofread
  7. offer guidance to any student whose paper is due
  8. address all aspects of writing in one session
  9. engage in excessive collaboration.

STAFFING

The Writing Centre is staffed by two groups of coaches: Technical Coaches and Specialist Coaches. Our Technical Coaches help by guiding your use of our writing programmes in the Lab while our Specialist Coaches conduct one-on-one intense sessions. All coaches have had extensive training and experience in their areas, technical facilitation and management, and teaching academic writing and conducting formative and summative evaluation of written assignments.

 

LOCATION OF THE WRITING CENTRE

South Block, 3rd Floor, Faculty of Humanities & Education

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On the East side of the Quadrangle that's bound on the North by the Alma Jordan Library, the South Block of the Faculty of Humanities and Education is marked by our clock and glass front. Via the stairs or the elevator, the third floor of this building ends on the south side, with the South Block (same direction as the highway). On the third floor of the South Block, the first door on the left is labelled "Writing Centre".

 

CONTACT

Janique Dennis
Instructor II
Coordinator, The Writing Centre
Room 12
Telephone: 662-2002, Ext. 82522
E-mail: thewritingcentre@sta.uwi.edu

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