WHAT WE DO
The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one, student-centered conferencing on writing in all academic disciplines as well business and career writing. We also provide writing support for faculty. We’re located in Humanities 223.
You can schedule either a 30-minute or hour-long conference.
We offer three kinds of writing conferences:
- In person conference: You can schedule an appointment ahead through email (Post-WC@liu.edu), phone (516-299-2732) or drop in (HM 223) and, if possible, someone will work with you right away.
- Video conference: If you can’t make it to campus, email or call to set up an appointment over Google Hangouts.
- Email conference: If you’d like someone to look over a paper and provide a response to a specific question (for example: “Is are my APA citations correct?” or “Is my thesis statement clear?”) you can submit your paper through this form or copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://forms.gle/ekm1qqdHW7q2Y7pC9
WHAT HAPPENS IN A WRITING CONFERENCE?
You bring in an assignment, a draft, or a more finished piece of writing. Then, with a Writing Assistant, you establish what you’ll work on during the session; next, the two of you sit down and work collaboratively. You might do any of the following (and more): brainstorm, strengthen focus, formulate a thesis, outline arguments, format citations, polish transitions, refine diction, revise for clear and concrete language, address questions you might have as a multilingual writer. If you wish, you can work on questions of mechanics or usage. Over time, you’ll strengthen your ability to revise, proofread, and edit your own work.
WHAT IF I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS BUT DO NOT WANT A FULL CONFERENCE?
Conferences sometimes end early, so if you want to go over your work but cannot or do not wish to stay the full time, simply inform a Writing Assistant upon signing up. If you have a quick and specific question, you can call us at (516) 299-2732 or stop in to ask an available Assistant during regular hours.
WHO ARE THE WRITING ASSISTANTS?
Writing Assistants are graduate students and upper-level undergraduates currently enrolled at LIU Post in a variety of majors. They have been trained to help you develop the thinking and writing strategies that work best for you. They are people who enjoy writing and who understand that writing works differently for everyone. Writing Assistants will help you consider a variety of important questions, including the audience for and purpose of your text and how to engineer your writing with audience and purpose in mind. They will offer you the specific feedback you request.
DO I NEED A DRAFT FOR A WRITING CONFERENCE?
No. Although some people do come with drafts, some come with just an assignment, an outline, or a map of ideas. Some people come with questions about where to begin. Come when it makes sense for you. In fact, you might come in several times for a long or challenging assignment.
HOW DO I REQUEST A WRITING CONFERENCE?
You can drop in to Humanities 223 and a Writing Assistant will work with you as soon as possible. Alternatively, guarantee yourself a conference by calling us (516-299-2732), emailing us (Post-WC@liu.edu) or signing up in person at our self-serve kiosk. During the busiest times of the semester, or when your schedule is tight, advance appointments are a good idea.
We also have helpful handouts tailored to the most common writing questions, computers for your research and writing needs, and an active Writing Center Blog to help you become part of the LIU Post writing community.
For more information, email us at Post-WC@liu.edu.
Director: Mary Pigliacelli, Mary.Pigliacelli@liu.edu