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The Writing Center

Welcome! The Writing Center at Fairfield University is a place where...

  • Writers write.
  • Writers talk about writing.
  • Tutors respond to your writing.

Tutors in the Writing Center will work with you on any type of writing:

  • Essays
  • Research papers
  • Lab reports
  • Case studies
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Creative writing
  • Personal statements for graduate school
  • Oral presentations

... and more!

Meet The Staff

Director
Dr. Beth Boquet
Professor of English

Coordinator
Colin Hosten

Hours and Location

The Writing Center is open for online tutoring in Fall 2020. All tutoring sessions will be virtual.
Hours for Fall 2020:
Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday Noon - 4 p.m.

In order to make your online appointment more successful:

  1. You now have the option to upload your project file when making your appointment.  We recommend uploading documents in .docx format.
  2. You might also consider converting your project to/composing your project in Google Docs/Sheets/Slides as appropriate. You will then be able to share your project by copying a link into the online tutorial session chat box.

In order to join your online appointment:

  1. Five minutes before your appointment, log into WCOnline, selecting the Online Fall 2020 calendar.
  2. Click on your scheduled appointment.
  3. Click the "Start or Join Online consultation" link on the appointment window.
  4. You may be prompted to allow WCOnline to access your camera and microphone.  If so, please allow access in order to conduct your video conference with your tutor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any undergraduate or graduate student from any major or department across campus is welcome to visit the Writing Center.

All writers, at any stage in their writing, can benefit from feedback and careful response to their projects. The tutors in the Writing Center can work with you on any aspect of your writing project, from brainstorming and idea development to revising and editing.

Definitely not. The tutors can work with you on writing that you are doing just for fun (they love that!) as well as on resumes, cover letters, and applications for jobs and internships. If you want (or need) to write it, they'll read it!

The tutors are undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students have successfully completed a semester-long, three credit course focused on responding to writing. In addition, the tutors continue to develop response strategies through regular staff meetings and through attendance and participation at professional conferences. They represent a range of majors and minors. Graduate tutors are available to the graduate student community for appointments and will occasionally take undergraduate overflow. They also provide guidance to the undergraduate tutors.

In the beginning, the tutor will want some information about you, about what you're working on, and about what your goals are for your writing. The session is based on what you tell us you'd like to work on, so you should expect to be an active participant in the work that gets done. The tutor will not simply take over your paper and rewrite it or edit it for you. Instead, she or he will help you to strengthen, clarify, and revise your own ideas.

Bring anything you would normally have if you were working on this paper in your room or in the library: a copy of the assignment; a copy of the syllabus; books, articles, or other source material. Bring along any writing that you've done: ideas, notes, a printed or electronic copy of your essay.

Not necessarily. You can take a chance and simply drop by. If a tutor has no scheduled appointments, then you're in luck! Appointments are scheduled on the hour, however, so try to come by as early in the hour as you can.

We are pleased when writers find the Writing Center helpful. Because the number of tutors available is limited, we ask that you schedule no more than one session a day.

All tutors are selected from the ENGL 290 course entitled Writing and Responding. The course is offered once a year, usually in the spring. Students from that course begin tutoring in the fall. It is a paid position.

To be signed in to the course, you need to talk with Prof. Boquet, by phone, ext. 2248 or e-mail. She'll be happy to talk to you more about tutoring in the Writing Center!

Contact Us

For assistance, please send an e-mail message to writingcenter@fairfield.edu.

Hours for Fall 2020: Monday through Thursday 9 AM- 9 PM, Friday 9 AM -5 PM, and Sunday noon-9 PM. 

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