Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions
Who can use the Fairfield University Writing Center?
Any graduate or undergraduate student from any major or department across campus is welcome to visit the Writing Center.
How do I know whether a visit would help me?
All writers, at any stage in their writing, can benefit from feedback and careful response to their projects. The tutors in the Writing Center can work with you on any aspect of your writing project, from brainstorming and idea development to revising and editing.
Do I have to be working on a paper for a class to visit the Writing Center?
Definitely not. The tutors can work with you on writing that you are doing just for fun (they love that!) as well as on resumes, cover letters, applications for jobs and internships. If you want (or need) to write it, they'll read it!
Who are the tutors?
The tutors are undergraduate students who have successfully completed a semester-long, three-credit course focused on responding to writing. In addition, the tutors continue to develop their range of response strategies through regular staff meetings and through attendance and participation at professional conferences. They represent a range of majors and minors. Our tutors also benefit from the guidance of our two graduate assistants who will provide guidance regarding the specific needs of our graduate community.
What will happen when I meet with a tutor?
In the beginning, the tutor will want some information about you, about what you're working on, and about what your goals are for your writing. The session is based on what you tell us you'd like to work on, so you should expect to be an active participant in the work that gets done. The tutor will not simply take over your paper and rewrite it or edit it for you. Instead, she or he will help you to strengthen, clarify, and revise your own ideas.
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
Bring anything you would normally have if you were working on this paper in your room or in the library: a copy of the assignment; a copy of the syllabus; books, articles, or other source material. Bring along any writing that you've done: ideas, notes, a hard copy of your essay or a draft on disk.
Do I have to have an appointment to visit the Writing Center?
Not necessarily. You can take a chance and simply drop by. If a tutor has no scheduled appointments, then you're in luck! Appointments are scheduled on the hour, however, so try to come by as early in the hour as you can.
How often may I visit the Writing Center?
We are pleased when writers find the Writing Center helpful. Because the number of tutors available is limited, we ask that you schedule no more than one session a day, and no more than two a week.
This sounds like fun! I think I'd like to be a tutor. How do I do that?
All tutors are selected from the EN/W 290 course entitled Writing and Responding. The course is offered once a year, usually in the spring. Students from that course begin tutoring in the fall. It is a paid position.
To be signed in to the course, you need to talk with Prof. Shaw, by phone, ext. 2795 or e-mail. He'll be happy to talk to you more about tutoring in the Writing Center!