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The Writing Center

Welcome to the Writing Center

The UVA Writing Center is a writing resource staffed by graduate student tutors and available to all UVA students. Tutors work one on one with students in 50-minute appointments. We can help with drafting, revision, argument structure, and other special concerns. Several of our tutors are trained specifically for ESL. Though we can offer help at every stage of the writing process, we do not offer proofreading or editing services. Unless your instructor has clearly given you permission in writing (e.g. on the syllabus or assignment), you are not allowed to bring any part of a take-away exam into the Writing Center for help. We cannot work with you on any assignment given under exam conditions, and bringing such an assignment to an appointment may be an honor code violation.

In addition to our center located in 314 Bryan Hall, the UVA Writing Center offers services other locations (see below). For more information, please contact either of the center’s administrators.

Director: Patricia Sullivan
Assistant Director: Jennifer Foy

Hours

The Writing Center will open for Fall 2014 on Monday, September 8.

  • 314 Bryan Hall: Monday-Thursday, 9:00-5:00, Friday 9:00-12:00

  • Clemons Library (starting September 22): Monday-Wednesday 7:00-9:00

  • John Paul Jones Study Hall (Athletes only): Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:00

  • Brown Library (SEAS): TBA

  • McLeod Hall 4072 (Nursing students): Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-8:00

To make an appointment, please use our online scheduling system or visit us in 314 Bryan Hall. We will begin accepting appointments shortly before September 8.

Getting Here: We are located on the third floor of Bryan Hall in room 314. Take UTS Bus lines: Central Grounds (CGS), Free Trolley (T), Northline (NL), and University Loop (UL) to either the Clark Hall or Garrett Hall stops.

PREPARING FOR YOUR WRITING CENTER APPOINTMENT

Scheduling

We use an online scheduling system where you can create an account and begin scheduling appointments.

You can schedule one 50 minute tutorial per day or two 30 minute tutorials in Clemons Library for a maximum of 50 minutes.  You may schedule up to five non-ENWR 1505 or 1506 appointments per semester.  Appointments with our ESL tutors also are limited to a maximum of five per semester.

If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please cancel as far ahead of time as possible.  Any student who misses three appointments will be blocked from using our scheduling system.

What to Bring

  • A clean printout of your paper, no longer than 8 pages.

  • A copy of any relevant assignment sheets for your essay.

  • Anything you will need to take notes.

What to Expect

During a 50-minute session a tutor will read through your paper, or selected portions of a longer paper, and evaluate your argument for structure, reasonableness, strength of evidence, complexity of discussion, sophistication of prose, clarity, and overall effectiveness.  The tutor will then discuss with you some suggestions for how to revise and improve your paper.

Sessions in Clemons Library will last 15 minutes on a walk-in basis only.