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We are committed to keeping our staff and clients safe, so all of our services will be online until the threat of the coronavirus is gone.

Online Writing Center Services

Almost everybody agrees that writing is an important skill. But how does one get better at it? Through our individual writing consultations and multilingual services, we offer undergraduate and graduate students a range of resources for developing their communication skills.  All of our services are free and online only. There are two types of writing sessions available, as well as conversation support.  You can see all the schedules and make an appointment here: https://vt.mywconline.com/.

Live Online Tutoring (Synchronous Online Tutoring)
The most popular service we offer are live online tutoring appointments.  Live online tutoring takes place in real-time with both the student and coach.  Students can make an appointment to work with a coach on anything writing related— from brainstorming topic ideas, to issues of development, organization, or editing. Students may also request a weekly appointment to help with long-range projects by asking their coach at the end of a session to reserve their appointment slot for the following weeks.

24 hrs. Later Feedback (Asynchronous Online Tutoring)
Unlike live online tutoring, 24 hrs. later feedback, or asynchronous tutoring, does not take place in real-time. Students reserve slots on the 24 hrs. Later Feedback schedule and attach the most recent draft of their paper, along with the instructor's assignment sheet or prompt, and receive written feedback from the tutor within 24 hours of the appointment start time. The tutor will review the writing assignment for 45 minutes and make observations, pose questions, and suggest strategies for improvement. Tutors will not be editing papers, but will provide some editing suggestions.  It is recommended that you submit short amounts of a project to the same coach all semester, so the coach can provide feedback and help you become a stronger writer as you work through your manuscript.

English Conversation Support
English conversation support takes place in real-time. Schedule an appointment, and one of our language coaches will help you practice English through informal conversation.

Appointment Confirmation
Coaches are able to send confirmation emails to instructors if requested by the student. We request that instructors never make writing center appointments mandatory for all of their students (in part because we just cannot handle the volume), but we do love it when instructors encourage students to visit us. 

For more information about the Writing Center, please contact the director, Jennifer Lawrence, at jlwrnc@vt.edu.

The Virginia Tech Writing Center aims to support all writers within our community and foster an environment in which students' learning differences are respected and addressed. We employ a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate writing coaches working in multiple disciplines across campus. We strive to uphold VT's global land-grant values of discovery, learning, and outreach. In doing so, we are committed to:

  • Supporting students in all stages of the writing process.
  • Encouraging and facilitating collaboration among students.
  • Celebrating language diversity and growth.
  • Promoting interdisciplinary understandings of thinking and writing.
  • Engaging in research-supported pedagogy and best practices.

We believe this view of writing, literacy, and research allows us to support our diverse VT community and challenges us to continually grow and shape our programs accordingly.

Like many university writing centers across the nation, the VT Writing Center was created in the early 1970s to support all students with their writing. Over the past decade, our Writing Center has experienced exponential growth under the direction of the current director, Jennifer Lawrence, and Dr. Diana George, who served as the director from January 2005 until retiring in June 2016. Notably, in the spring of 2012, the Writing Center moved from Shanks Hall to its current home, the 2nd floor of Newman Library. The Writing Center continues to play a central role in support of VT's mission by offering a place of interdisciplinary growth and cross-cultural collaboration, with a specialized focus in the art of written communication.

Writing Center Coach positions (undergraduate):
Would you like to develop your communication skills by working as a writing center coach in our campus writing center?

If so, you must first apply to take the tutor training course, English 3744H: Writing Center Theory and Practice.

You do not have to be an English major, or even in the humanities. In fact, the students from STEM disciplines find it to be a particularly distinctive addition to their resumes.

Check the current timetable to see when the course is held, although some of the class times are dropped in order to allow for internship hours in the Writing Center. After completing the course, you may apply for a coaching position (which pays $10.00/hour).

Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/NcyF0zTiyLvOSD182

Work study positions:
The Writing Center employs a few office assistants through the Federal Work Study Program. To apply for an office assistant position, you must have been awarded and accepted Federal Work Study on your financial aid notification (through the FASA), available on Hokie SPA. Pay is $8.00/hour.

Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/JMgnm2LBI1qfGWfz2

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