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Appointment Types

Writing Center Tutors work with writers—individually or in groups—on different types of projects across multiple disciplines and media. Throughout all our work—in Face-to-Face appointments, Online Realtime appointments, Written Feedback appointments, Conversation Partner appointments, Screencast Feedback appointments, and writing groups—we emphasize collaboration, writing, and revision.

We help writers develop awareness of their own process(es) as they navigate different exigencies. The Writing Center serves as DePaul’s official source of student support for ePortfolios.


Face-to-Face Appointments

Whatever your project and wherever you are in the process, you can come visit us at the Lincoln Park Campus or the Loop for face to face help.

How a Face-to-Face Appointment Works

  • Bring any materials you need to the appointment, including your draft, the prompt, and any sources you’re using.
  • A 30-minute appointment can generally cover 4 double-spaced pages.
  • Your tutor will work with you to determine what you will spend time working on during the appointment, so before you arrive, try to prepare questions for your Writing Center Tutor or some goals for the tutorial.
  • Expect to try our core practice of reading aloud: you or the tutor will usually read your draft out loud. Many writers—including us tutors!—find that this strategy is useful, particularly when looking for errors to revise and readability for an audience.
  • You may also work on prewriting, brainstorming, working under pressure, improving grammar, and other aspects of writing, even if you do not have a draft or a particular assignment.

Conversation Partner Appointments

Want to improve your spoken English? If you're an English language learner and would like to practice speaking English, our tutors are available to work with you as Conversation Partners. Conversation Partners can meet with you face-to-face in both our Loop and Lincoln Park offices.

You can schedule a Conversation Partner appointment in WCOnline by selecting it from the appointment type menu. You can also request a Conversation Partner in person or over the phone with our receptionists.

How a Conversation Partner Appointment Works

  • You’re in charge of the direction of the appointment, so before you meet, try to prepare questions for your Writing Center Tutor or some goals for the tutorial.
  • You can bring any material you may want to have a conversation about, including something you recently read or an assignment you were given in class. You can even bring a translation dictionary if you think it will help you and your tutor communicate.
  • You and your Writing Center Tutor can discuss grammar, idioms, and other language-related questions you may have.
  • Your Writing Center Tutor isn't going to evaluate your English speaking skills. Our tutors are genuinely interested in helping you practice conversations in English so you can become more comfortable with everyday use of the language.
Conversation Partner Appointments

Online Realtime Appointments

Online appointments allow you to meet with a tutor remotely in real time and get the same quality feedback as though you were sitting face to face.

How an Online Realtime Appointment Works

  • Online realtime appointments must be at least 1 hour long. These appointments have an 8-page maximum, 1.5-hour appointments a 12-page maximum, and 2-hour appointments a 16-page maximum (all double-spaced).
  • You'll meet your Writing Center Tutor online in a chatroom and/or via Webcam within WCOnline, our scheduling platform.
  • You and your tutor can review the paper together and make changes to it in real-time in a collaborative rich-text editor. You can upload the paper or simply copy and paste the text into the editor.
  • You’re in charge of the direction of the appointment, so before you meet online, try to prepare questions for your Writing Center Tutor or some goals for the tutorial.
  • You may also work on prewriting, brainstorming, working under pressure, improving grammar, and other aspects of writing, even if you do not have a draft or a particular assignment.
Online Realtime Appointments

Written Feedback Appointments

In a Written Feedback Appointment, you can receive feedback on your work no matter where you are or when you're free. You submit your project electronically and our tutors review it and email it back to you. Your tutor will write a summary comment and leave comments in the margins that you can review at your own pace.

When you make your appointment, you can attach any applicable materials to the appointment, including your writing prompt, draft, and any sources, such as an article you're citing, to help your tutor better help you.

How a Written Feedback Appointment Works

  • Access WCOnline to submit your paper. We can only work with projects in .DOC and .DOCX format.
  • A Written Feedback appointment must have a minimum time of 60 minutes (1 hour).
  • We're able to work on 8 double-spaced pages of writing per hour, 12 pages per 1.5 hours, and 16 pages per 2 hours.
  • If you want your tutor to look at a specific part of your paper (e.g. pages 7-16 in a 20-page essay), you'll need to indicate the page range when you make your appointment.
  • When you set up your appointment, make sure to give your tutor as much information about the assignment as possible, including the kind of help you're interested in.
Written Feedback Appointments

Screencast Feedback Appointments

In a Screencast Feedback Appointment, you can receive audiovisual feedback on your work no matter where you are or when you're free. You submit your project electronically and our tutors review it and email you a link to your video feedback.

When you make your appointment, you can attach any applicable materials to the appointment, including your writing prompt, draft, and any sources, such as an article you're citing, to help your tutor better help you.

Screencast Feedback can be particularly helpful for input about multimodal or design-based projects, such as ePortfolios, presentation slides, websites, and resumes. Tutors can give you their reactions and recommendations as viewers of your content in terms of visual and textual rhetoric.

How A Screencast Feedback Appointment Works

  • Access WCOnline to submit your project as a file or a link. If you submit a document, it cannot be over 1MB in size and must be in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .odt, .pdf, .rtf, .txt, .xls, or .xlsx.
  • A Screencast Feedback appointment must have a minimum time of 60 minutes (1 hour).
  • We're able to work on 8 double-spaced pages of writing per hour, 12 pages per 1.5 hours, and 16 pages per 2 hours.
  • If you want your tutor to look at a specific part of your project (e.g., pages 7-16 in a 20-page essay or the “About” and “Services” sections on a webpage), you'll need to indicate that when you make your appointment.
  • When you set up your appointment, make sure to give your tutor as much information about the assignment or context as possible, including the kind of help you're interested in.
Writing Group Appointments

Writing Group Appointments

Writing Groups are an UCWbL service in which a Writing Center Tutor facilitates a review and discussion of works in progress for a group of 3 or more writers. These 90-minute meetings are scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis, and they are designed to provide support and feedback for specific fields of writing. Each session usually combines discussion and feedback, although the focus is determined by the writers' needs, and the meeting's agenda is developed collaboratively by the facilitator and writers.

Writers seek or join Writing Groups for a variety of reasons:

  • Accountability—Writing Groups give writers a deadline and motivation to write
  • Feedback—Writing Groups provide reassurance, suggestions, and recommendations for revision
  • Guidance—Writing Groups can help writers become familiar with new genres, reader's needs, and reader's expectations
  • Brainstorming—Writing Groups help writers generate and develop ideas
  • Networking—Writing Groups provide a community for people with like-minded interests
  • Inspiration—Writing Groups help people who are looking for different perspectives and new ideas

How Writing Groups Appointments Work

The UCWbL will provide a space and a facilitator for your group, and Writing Groups can be scheduled to meet at the Loop or Lincoln Park Campus, depending on the group.

To learn more about starting and maintaining a Writing Group, please contact us at wcenter@depaul.edu.

Writing Groups by Request

Want to be a part of a Writing Group, but don't see a time or place listed for your writing area? Or maybe you want to form your own group with friends or with classmates? We can help! You can form your own Writing Group at the time and campus you want and we will offer a tutor and a location to help facilitate the group. Contact us today!

Writing Group Appointments