What we do for students
We offer individual consultations for student writers on their work-in-progress, workshops, and quiet space to get your writing done.
We believe that all writers benefit from talking to someone about their writing. Our highly trained staff can help with generating ideas, organizing your draft, revising based on instructor feedback, refining sentences and editing for clarity, editing a visual design, properly formatting citations, or providing other feedback you need. Tutors don’t do your writing or editing for you; tutors work alongside you to help you write the best paper you can. We’re here to coach you, and we hope you will be able to use what you learn with us in your future writing.
In-person tutoring takes place in HUM 11. Appointments are 30 or 60 minutes. You may have one appointment per day. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Online Tutoring and Support
In addition to in-person support, the Writing Center also provides online tutoring and support options.
eTutoring allows you to upload a copy of an assignment and receive feedback from a tutor to help you revise. Just like our in-person services, eTutoring is not an editing service, so tutors will not correct your paper. Instead, they will provide questions and suggestions to help you make changes to your own writing.
For eTutoring, you will upload a copy of your draft AND your assignment sheet by the start of your appointment. By 9 p.m. that day you will receive an email with feedback from the tutor. You can access this feedback anytime after it is returned by viewing your appointment on WCOnline.
You also have the option to have a virtual meeting with a tutor to discuss your writing. For an effective Zoom session, make sure you upload your draft and assignment prompt before your appointment, have a reliable internet connection, are located somewhere quiet, and have a device with a microphone and camera.
Students may have up to three online appointments per week.
Make an appointment by clicking the link below, or by clicking on the Writing Center Icon on the MyYCP portal.
What we do for faculty
We offer support for faculty by conducting in-class presentations and workshops, supporting writing activities like peer review in classes, providing embedded Writing Fellows (for a whole semester, or just for special projects) for courses, and offering a prompt review service, as well as many other services to help you support your students and your own scholarly writing.
Want to make sure your students know about the Writing Center? Have a writing topic you would like a Writing Center staff member to cover with your students? Have a peer review session coming up that would benefit from writing tutor support? Request a Writing Center presentation or workshop using the link below.
Would you like to get a student's perspective on a new or revised assignment you are planning to give? Consider using our Assignment Prompt Review service in which a Writing Tutor will review an assignment sheet and complete a review worksheet answering questions about how they understand the purpose and requirements of the assignment and any questions or confusion they have. Request an Assignment Prompt Review using the link below.
Like other writing centers around the world, the YCP Writing Center contributes to scholarship about how writing is taught and learned. We think it’s important to base our practices on serious scholarly research, so we can provide support for writers that we are confident will be effective.
Our research is conducted by both our director and our peer tutors, and is shared at our regional conference, hosted by MAWCA (The Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association), and at national conferences sponsored by CCCC (The Conference on College Composition and Communication), NCPTW (The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing) and IWCA (The International Writing Center Association).
- Become part of a local network of undergraduate students from varying institutions, including experienced and new undergraduate researchers guided by mentor faculty members.
- Conference one-on-one with writing researchers in the fields of composition, rhetoric, or writing center studies to discuss research ideas, goals, and methodologies.
- Engage in workshops to assess the quality of research, design a research question, and learn and practice qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- Utilize independent workshop time to construct or develop a research study.
- Compile authentic feedback and recommendations from writing researchers and students.