Writing

Writing Conferences

How can I get a writing conference? 

Students can use our physical location on TCC campus, or use Zoom for an online conference.

If you have never used Zoom before, please view the following links:

What can I expect during a writing conference?

  • A Writing Conference is an individualized session where a learning specialist or tutor assists you in your academic writing process.
  • In this collaborative setting, the main focus is to identify specific areas that could benefit from edits and revisions. At times, you might find that you could benefit from other services that we offer in the Learning Commons. Your learning specialist or tutor will advise you on the options that are available to you.
  • The goal and objective of a session is for you to become a better communicator who can convey his/her ideas, thoughts, and concepts to a diverse audience, not only in an academic setting, but also when you enter the workforce as a professional. 
  • Be prepared to focus on the process instead of the product. Keep in mind, that each session will focus on a particular task of the essay. This is best achieved by working with a tutor for up to 30 minutes, and applying what you have learned during the session on your own before signing in again.
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What type of writing conferences are offered?

  • Organizational: brainstorming and content development
  • Technical: essay writing skills, grammar/mechanics
  • Source documentation: MLA, APA, Turabian
  • Personal statements for college admission
  • Science Lab Reports
  • Resume

Will a writing specialist or tutor proofread my paper?

Our writing specialists and tutors will offer guidance, valuable feedback, and resources to you in a collaborative and non-judgmental way. We help you become editors of your own writing, but we cannot proofread or write your paper for you.

How can I get my paper reviewed when the Learning Commons is closed?

Use SMARTHINKING.

 

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Resources

Citation Resources

Planning and Drafting

Writing Strategies

  • Writing Prompts
  • Prevent wordiness
  • What is a Thesis?
  • Rogerian Argument

Types of Assignments

Writing for Specific Fields

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • History
  • Literature
  • Art
  • Science Lab reports
  • Resumes
  • Group Writing
  • Personal Statements

Grammar and Mechanics

  • Punctuation

Check out other University's Writing Resources

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Khan Academy 

This free website also has courses in math, physics, U.S. history, grammar, economics and biology. High school sophomores and juniors can also find free SAT practice questions and tests.

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Purdue Owl  

This comprehensive website, associated with Purdue University, offers free resources including writing and teaching writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and job search and professional writing.

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Writers Web from the University of Richmond

The Writer's Web is an on-line handbook created and maintained by Richmond University's Writing Center and WAC program staff. Topics included on this page are: how to get started writing, writing first drafts, focusing and connecting ideas, analysis and argument, editing a draft, peer editing strategies, punctuation, sentence structure and mechanics, editing for clarity and style, documentation, using sources effectively, and writing on-line. 

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UW-Madison Writer’s Handbook

This Handbook is created by the University of Wisconsin and offers concise instruction on writing both academically and creatively, on editing for style, on documentation styles, and on writing for varied disciplines (including science).

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The Elements of Style

Strunk & White's usage and style guide

International Writing Center Association  

International Writing Centers Association


This site is a great writing resource that encompasses various aspects of the Writing Center such as relevant on-line articles, tutor stories, e-mail discussion groups and many other resources for both writers and Writing Center members