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Writing Center Services

There are three types of writing sessions available, as well as conversation support. All of our services are free!

You can see all the schedules and make an appointment here: https://vt.mywconline.com/.

Note: If you do not wish to create an account in WC Online, you may call the Writing Center director at 540-231-9270 for help with scheduling an appointment instead.

Writing Support

Synchronous Tutoring
Face to face or online

Tutoring takes place in real-time with both the student and coach,  face-to-face in our location in Newman Library or online.  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.

Asynchronous Tutoring
Feedback within 24 hours
Asynchronous tutoring does not take place in real-time. Students share information about their project and attach their most recent draft to receive written feedback from the coach within 24 hours of the appointment start time. Coaches do not edit students’ papers, but will provide some editing suggestions, in addition to more global concerns, like focus, development, and organization. This type of session is especially useful as a follow-up to a synchronous appointment (with the same coach whenever possible).

English Conversation Support in the Writing Center
English conversation support takes place in our location in Newman Library. Schedule an appointment, and one of our language coaches will help you practice English through informal conversation.

Stop by and see us! Drop-in appointments often available!

Virginia Tech Writing Center
Second Floor, Newman Library
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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.

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.

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

Location

Newman Library, 2nd Floor
560 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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