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MARCH 30, 2020

Remote Writing Center Sessions

  • A new schedule labelled, “Spring 2020 Remote Consulting” is now available.

  • Sessions can be reserved using the online scheduling site. Reservations can made up to three days in advance and changes, such as updated drafts or cancelations, will be accepted up to three hours before your scheduled session starts. Your appointment confirmation email will contain detailed directions for preparing for your session.

  • When you reserve your session, you will upload your Word document or share a link to your Google Doc and describe the specific feedback and advice you’re seeking in the reservation comment field. Documents should be less than seven pages (<1750 words).

    NOTE: If you wish to use the session for planning rather than looking at a document, or you have a document that is longer than the page limit, please let us know in the “Additional Comments or Requests” box on your reservation. We’ll be in touch to make arrangements.

  • The following types of sessions are available:

    1. Written Feedback Only: You’ll upload your document when you make the reservation. Your writing consultant will add feedback and advice to your document using margin comments and upload it by the end of the session time you have reserved. You will be notified via email when the consultant uploads comments. If you would like to discuss the feedback you’ve received, you will have the option to schedule additional sessions with the consultant.
    2. Phone-Based Feedback: You’ll upload your document and/or a description of the project you’re working on when you make the reservation. At the start time of your reservation, your writing consultant will call you using the phone number in your WCOnline account profile. (Phone-based sessions are especially encouraged for writers who are in the planning stages of their document and for those who would like to have a conversation about their document.)
    3. Zoom-based feedback (Please only select this option if you’re already familiar with Zoom basics): You’ll upload your document and/or a description of the project you’re working on when you make the reservation. You will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting that starts at the beginning of your reservation time. Consultants may use audio, video, and screen-sharing functionalities depending on what is most appropriate for your needs. (Zoom-based sessions are especially encouraged for writers who are in the planning stages of their document and for those who would like to discuss feedback in follow-up sessions.)

NOTE for Phone and Zoom-based sessions: our schedule is set to local time in Boulder, Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).  If you are in a different time zone, please make sure to account for this in your plans, i.e. if you reserve a 3:00 pm appointment and are in Chicago, the appointment will take place at 4:00 pm in your time zone.

Writing Center office staff will monitor email and voicemail to facilitate sessions and troubleshoot technical issues. If you have any questions, please contact us wrtghelp@colorado.edu or 303-735-6906.

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The CU-Boulder Writing Center offers writers from all academic disciplines and skill levels the opportunity to work one-on-one with professionally trained writing consultants. We help writers at all stages of the writing process from brainstorming through revision. Writing Center sessions strive to address writers' stated needs while attending to relevant disciplinary, rhetorical, grammatical, and stylistic concerns. Consultants provide feedback and advice that promote writers' abilities to communicate successfully and think critically in response to complex, evolving expectations of readers in academia, the workplace, and society.

  • Save time by learning more effective writing techniques
  • Eliminate writer’s block and procrastination
  • Improve your argumentative impact, organization, and clarity
  • Strengthen your revision and self-editing skills
  • Learn proper citation to avoid unintentional plagiarism

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