About Sessions/What to Expect

The Writing Center is here to help you become a better writer. While that means our sessions are usually focused on helping you with a particular text, our goal is to teach skills that will strengthen your writing abilities beyond a single assignment. In our one-on-one sessions, we assist you with any kind of writing at any stage. From research essays to lab reports, resumes, or even creative writing, we help with: ​​

  • Generating, organizing, and developing ideas​
  • Analysis, synthesis, and argument​
  • Summary, paraphrase, and documentation​
  • Understanding error patterns​
  • Research strategies and source usage​
  • Establishing effective proofreading skills​

Schedule an appointment using WCOnline


​Remember to bring all relevant materials and documents to ensure a productive session. This may include the assignment description, syllabi, class notes, instructor comments, and your piece of writing (if you’ve started).

​Your consultant will begin by asking you some basic questions to learn more about you, your concerns, and the writing you're doing. If you've brought a draft, your consultant will then spend about 5 minutes reading some of it.

From there, you and your consultant will set an agenda for your time together that includes whatever you're worried about and what the consultant sees as potential areas for growth. 

All work during sessions is collaborative, so your consultant will ask you to talk and write and guide the time together. Consultants are happy to provide direct feedback about your drafts, but they won't go line by line and point out/fix every possible issue.

The consultant's goal is to empower you, as a thinker/writer/communicator, and help you grow. Any text or draft you bring will probably also improve as a result, but that's a secondary goal. 

​In addition to our one-on-one sessions, students can sign up for group sessions when working on a group project. If only one group member attends, however, consultants will only assist with "global concerns" that relate to the entire project—for example, organization, transitions, stylistic consistency, and citations. More "local" or sentence-level concerns will require individual appointments for each group member. Questions or concerns about this policy should be discussed with the Director or Assistant Director. 

Students who need proof of their visits can request a Confirmation of Visit Form (also known as a "COV"). Below are some guidelines and policies regarding these forms: 

  • Please notify the consultant at the beginning of the session that you need a form. Checking the box in WCOnline during the appointment-making process doesn't auto-generate a form; you'll still need to explicitly request one.
  • You must be an active partcipant and collaborator for at least 30 minutes. Consultants have the Director's full support to refuse a form. If you arrive late to/leave early from your appointment for any reason -- technological/travel issues, classes, work, etc. -- we may not be able to provide a form. 
  • We do not provide forms for the Undergraduate Drop Box or the Graduate Drop Box because we have no way of knowing whether the feedback was considered or any learning/revision occurred as a result. If you need proof of "visit," please submit the explanatory letter and/or document with comments. 
  • For synchronous online sessions, consultants will attach your form to your appointment. If it doesn't arrive via email after your session, please login to WCOnline, open your appointment, and scroll to the bottom to find the attached file. 

Please direct questions or concerns to Drew Bixby, Assistant Director, at Drew.Bixby@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-7352.