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Harbert Writing Center

Using the Writing Center

For Students:

What to expect: We will say hello and sign you in. Then, a trained consultant will ask questions about your assignment, discuss the status of your assignment, your writing style, as well as other visits you’ve had with the HWC. Your consultant will work with you to establish areas where your writing can improve.

Be prepared to: spend 45 minutes on your assignment and be encouraged to make a follow-up appointment to discuss feedback you receive on your writing. Consultants and students will work as a team to help as much as possible with the writing process, but we cannot guarantee a good grade. We are a resource to you, but your professor reserves the right to grade your assignments

Bring: an electronic or hard copy of your assignment sheet and the writing you have completed.  We will provide the rest, including an email to your professor that notes your attendance and the topics you covered in the session.

For Professors:

We can assist faculty and staff with writing instruction strategies and designing writing projects. Consultants can visit your classes at any point in the semester to explain how to use the HWC or conduct a writing workshop in a specific content area, or provide a demonstration for using writing resources. We can also arrange for small group meetings in the center to accommodate collaborative assignments. Our director can meet one-on-one with professors to discuss effective writing assignments, in-class writing exercises, or support for student-writers in a given content area. To arrange any of these sessions, contact Dr. Cynthia Mwenja at or 205-665-6423.