Virginia Commonwealth University

Make it real.

Our Philosophy

Writing is not a solo activity.

As a writer, you are influenced by all kinds of things during the writing process. Your initial idea can be transformed by anything from class discussion, to the news, to an overheard snippet of a stranger’s conversation. We view writing as a collection of influences that gradually morph into an argument. So why not make this collaboration more intentional?

Conversation strengthens all parts of the writing process.

Collaborative dialogue with our consultants can become the catalyst to sparking richer more complex ways of thinking. Our consultants ask open-ended questions and invite you to talk about your ideas and your writing assignments. This dialogue helps you clarify ideas and understand how best to present them on paper.

Every writer can benefit from consultation.

The biggest misperception about writing centers is that they are places where weak writers go for help. The truth is that writing centers exist for writers at all levels of skill. All writers need readers for their work and, fundamentally, that is what our writing center provides – trained, invested, and experienced readers who can provide honest feedback, ask and answer questions, and prod thinking along.

Writing evolves through multiple stages.

From a tentative idea to a full fledged essay, writing can be a long term investment. Savvy writers go through cycles of writing and revision, taking their original ideas deeper and filling in holes as they go. We offer trained reader feedback at any stage of this process.

Consultations can happen at any (or all!) of these stages.

You will benefit the most if you plan multiple visits to the center: for brainstorming and planning, for developing and organizing, and then for revising, editing and proofreading. Waiting too late limits the time you’ll have to implement all your exciting new ideas. Plus, we love to see your project develop and strengthen over time.