About the Writing Center

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 202.

You can schedule an appointment or drop in and, if possible, someone will work with you right away. Sessions are 30- or 45-minutes long. Hour-long appointments are available for grad students and international students. Students can schedule up to one appointment per day and up to two appointments per week.

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, address ESL-related concerns, outline arguments, format citations, polish transitions, refine diction, revise for clear and concrete language. 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.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SESSIONS

We offer face-to-face sessions in which you sit down with a tutor and work side by side. If you wish to have a session but cannot physically be in the Writing Center, we also offer Skype sessions.

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. 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 challenging assignment.

HOW DO I REQUEST A WRITING CONFERENCE?

You can drop in to Humanities 202 and a Writing Assistant will work with you as soon as possible. Alternatively, guarantee yourself a face-to-face or Skype session by calling us or signing up in person on the appointment sheets available on our front table. During the busiest times of the semester, or when your schedule is tight, advance appointments are a good idea.

We also have a print library with useful guidebooks, 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.

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