Myths and Facts about the Writing Center
Myth: The Writing Center is for “bad writers”.
Fact: Writing is a social act. As such, all writers at all levels benefit from getting honest feedback from a peer. There are no bad writers, just people for whom the process of writing and thinking has not yet been clarified.
Myth: The Writing Center will edit my paper for me.
Fact: The Writing Center is not a Fix-It-Shop. While we will NOT edit your paper for you, we will help you learn how to edit your papers on your own.
Myth: The Writing Center consultant will write the paper with me.
Fact: Consultants are facilitators of student thinking—they won't tell you what to write. Instead, they will help you clarify—through a process of dialogue and questioning—what you are trying to say and develop it more fully.
Myth: I can’t go to the Writing Center, because I don’t have a draft.
Fact: You can come to the Writing Center at any stage of the writing process. In fact, visits early on in the writing process focused around understanding the assignment and brainstorming ideas are some of our most productive sessions.
Myth: I can’t go to the Writing Center, because I’ve already written most of my paper.
Fact: You can come to the Writing Center at any stage of the writing process. Visits late in the writing process can help you focus on clarity and detail of ideas in the draft, as well as organization and other revision.
Myth: I can’t go to the Writing Center, because I need an appointment.
Fact: Appointments aren't necessary, but at busy times of the year they can ensure you a spot at a time most convenient to you. Drop by the Writing Center or call us at x4051 (215-572-4051 from off campus).
Myth: I don’t need to bring anything with me to the Writing Center.
Fact: For the best possible session, you should bring the assignment, all drafts you've done thus far (including brainstorming/prewriting), and something to write with.