Writing Center FAQs

What is a visit to the Writing Center like?

When you visit the Writing Center, you will meet one-on-one with a friendly mentor who will help you strengthen your writing skills. (Click here, enter your blackboard password, and select "Who We Are" to view mentor biographies.) The mentor will ask you about your assignment and your goals for the time at the Writing Center. Depending on what your goals are, he or she will most likely read through part of the paper with you and discuss areas of strength and areas that could be improved. If your goal is to brainstorm or outline your paper, he or she will ask questions that will help you think through and organize your ideas. However, your mentor will not offer ideas or correct your paper for you, since that would not help you improve as a writer.

What will I gain from a visit to the Writing Center?

After visiting the Writing Center, many students report that they have gained confidence in their writing, understood what was expected of them in academic papers better, come up with new ideas, and/or learned more about writing with correct grammar.

Do I have to pay for this service?

No, the Writing Center is a free service.

Should I wait until my paper is finished to visit the Writing Center?

No, you do not have to have finished your paper to visit the Writing Center. In fact, it is often more helpful to come in the middle of your writing process because it is easier to make changes or corrections when you don’t consider your paper to be finished. Also, if you come before your paper is completed, you will be more likely to have enough time to make any needed revisions.

What should I bring with me?

The two most important resources you can bring are questions about your paper/writing and goals for your time with us. We also ask that you bring a copy of your assignment and a printed-out copy of whatever you have already written, whether that be brainstorming or a final copy of your paper. (If you bring only your computer, we will ask you to print out a copy of your writing at the Computer Lab. This makes it easier for us to give comments and for you to remember our comments.)

Does the Writing Center offer a proofreading service?

We don’t offer proofreading (correcting the paper for all grammatical and formatting errors) at the Writing Center because our goal is to teach you how to become a more proficient writer. We may point out patterns of grammatical or formatting errors and show you how to correct them, but we do not guarantee that you will leave with a perfect paper. Instead, you will leave with more tools for writing skillfully and effectively.
If you would like to have your paper proofread, you can find a list of proofreaders through this link or at the Public Services Desk of Roberts Library (or by sending an email to WritingCenter@swbts.edu.) The proofreaders on the list do charge for this service.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, to serve as many students as possible in a timely fashion, we do have an appointment system. To sign up for an appointment, you can go to www.swbts.mywconline.com. The first time you go to the site, you will be asked to create an account. This is a simple process of answering a few questions and creating a password. After that, you can sign in to view our schedule and make an appointment.

Where is the Writing Center located?

The Writing Center in Fort Worth is located in several rooms on the 2nd floor of Roberts Library near the AVLC department: Room 246, Room 248, and two rooms in the Carrels. When you come for an appointment, you can go to the Reference Desk on the first floor to receive your room number and directions to the room.
The Writing Center at Havard is located in the library.
If you are a student at an extension center other than Havard, see “Can I receive Writing Center services by email?” below.

What are the Writing Center hours?

The Writing Center in Fort Worth is open Monday through Saturday during the fall and spring semesters, and for limited times during the summer. Click here to view the schedule for the current semester.
The Writing Center at Havard is open Monday and Tuesday, and by appointment with Stefana Laing. Click here to contact Stefana.

Can I receive help with my paper by email?

Yes, online services by email are available to all students. You can access the schedule for online appointments on our website at www.swbts.mywconline.com. Just click on the drop-down box titled "Choose Your Schedule" and select "Online Appointments Schedule." If all of the online appointments for the week are full and you are an off-campus student, click here to learn about other options for receiving Writing Center help by email.

Can I receive help with EndNote at the Writing Center?

To resolve issues with EndNote, you can visit the Computer Lab on the 2nd floor of Roberts Library. The Writing Center focuses on writing-related concerns rather than technology-related concerns.

Do you have a question we didn’t answer?

Contact us at WritingCenter@swbts.edu.

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