FAQs

Who can use the Writing Center?

Writers of all levels benefit from receiving feedback on their work; therefore, the entire Vassar community is welcome to bring their ideas, writing, and design projects to the Writing Center for feedback. We are located in Thompson Library, room 122.

Ideas? Don’t I have to have something written to work with a writing consultant?

Absolutely not! Our consultants are trained to support writers at any point in the writing process, from interpreting an assignment to developing an idea and from drafting through revising. Visit the Writing Center to wrestle with complex ideas and to craft clear and cogent prose.

That sounds great! Do I need an appointment?

Yes. You can set up an account and schedule appointments at www.mywco.com/vassar

How long is a typical consultation?

A typical consultation lasts about 45 minutes.

What if I have a longer project, like a Senior Thesis?

If you’re working on a longer project we are more than happy to accommodate you during our regularly scheduled hours. You can even make back-to-back appointments for a longer consultation! Keep in mind that we can typically get through about 8-10 pages of prose per hour-long consultation.

Should I bring in a copy of my assignment?

If you have a prompt of any kind we would prefer for you to bring in a copy so that our consultants can more easily determine their role as respondents to your work.

Once I’ve finished my final draft, will you edit my paper for me?

Since we consider ourselves educators, not editors, we cannot provide a simple line-edit for you; however, we can work with you (even sentence-by-sentence) to help you identify and correct errors. We also recommend downloading Grammarly to use as your primary grammar checking software.

Who are the Writing Center consultants?

The Vassar College Writing Center employs current students who have successfully completed the College’s ‘Process, Prose, and Pedagogy’ course, and who continue to advance their reading, writing, and teaching skills at monthly staff development workshops in composition theory and practice. Consultants are your peers from across the disciplines eager to speak with you about your multimodal projects!