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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the UNO Writing Center?
2. Where is the Writing Center located?
3. When is the Writing Center open?
4. Who can visit the UNO Writing Center?
5. Why should I use the Writing Center?
6. How can I make an appointment?
7. Can I just stop by for help?
8. How many appointments may I make?
9. Who are the writing consultants?
10. When should I meet with a writing consultant?
11. How does an individual consultation work?
12. Do I need to bring a printed copy of my writing?
13. Can I print a draft of my writing at the Writing Center?
14. Why won't a consultant edit my paper for me?
15. Will the Writing Center help with collaboratively written papers?

 

1. What is the UNO Writing Center?
The Writing Center is a place where you can meet with a trained writing consultant to talk about any writing project you are working on. We work with writers on course papers, proposals, applications, resumes, cover letters, scholarly articles, and independent or creative works. Your consultant will answer questions, provide feedback, and coach you through any stage of your writing process from brainstorming to final editing.

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2. Where is the Writing Center located?
We have three locations. Our Main Location is on the first floor of Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 150. The South Campus Satellite is located in Mammel Hall, Room 131. At Criss Library, you can find our Library Satellite on the main floor (2nd floor) just past the circulation desk.

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3. When is the Writing Center open?
On our homepage, you can find our hours of operation for all three of our locations: Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 150; Mammel Hall, Room 131; and Criss Library.

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4. Who can visit the UNO Writing Center?
UNO students, faculty, and staff from any department on campus are welcome to use the Writing Center free of charge. Writers at any skill level or any stage of the writing process can use the center to work on writing in any discipline or subject matter.

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5. Why should I use the Writing Center?
Talking to another writer about your writing can be valuable at any stage of the writing process whether you are starting to gather ideas or nearly finished with a final draft. The center’s writing consultants can help you in any of the following areas:
• Deciding on a topic
• Generating ideas
• Focusing, organizing, or expanding your ideas
• Improving your grammar and your writing style
• Handling technical details of documentation and format
• Overcoming writer’s block
• Understanding different forms of writing
• Becoming a more confident, comfortable writer

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6. How can I make an appointment?
Go to our Make an Appointment page to schedule a visit at any of our locations. If this will be your first appointment, you will first need to register using your UNO email address. Once registered, you can view all three of our schedules and select a time and location that works best for you. If you have trouble registering or scheduling your appointment, you can call (402-554-2946) or drop by our main location at ASH 150 during our regular hours of operation.

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7. Can I just stop by for help?
Writers are welcome to drop by any of our locations, but walk-in consultations are subject to availability of consultants. Please note that as the semester progresses, our consultants’ schedules fill up and walk-in consultations become harder to accommodate. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment to ensure that you can get the help you want.

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8. How many appointments may I make?
Our scheduling software will allow you to schedule up to one hour per day and two hours per week in any combination of half-hour- or hour-long appointments. Using our scheduling system, you may schedule appointments well in advance – up to the end of the current semester.

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9. Who are the writing consultants?
The writing consultants are undergraduates, graduate teaching assistants, and instructors in the English Department. They undergo extensive training to work with students’ writing in various academic disciplines. To learn more about our writing consultants, including their areas of expertise in writing, see About Us.

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10. When should I meet with a writing consultant?
Ideally you should plan to meet with a consultant well before your assignment is due so that you will have time to incorporate changes you discuss with your writing consultant. Using our scheduling system, you may schedule appointments well in advance – up to the end of the current semester.

However, talking to another writer about your writing can be valuable at any stage of the writing process whether you are starting to gather ideas or nearly finished with a final draft.

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11. How does an individual consultation work?
Typically, clients meet one-on-one with a trained consultant who will:
• Discuss your assignment or project requirements
• Identify your goals for the session
• Read the paper aloud with you
• Share feedback and ask you to share your thoughts
• Help you set goals for the next step

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12. Do I need to bring a printed copy of my writing?
We do not require you to bring a printed copy of your writing, but many writers and consultants find working in hard copy to be most productive. If you prefer, you can use your own laptop, tablet, or other digital device to access your writing. The Writing Center also has a limited supply of laptops on which you can access your work online or through a thumb drive.

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13. Can I print a draft of my writing at the Writing Center?
Printing is not available at the Writing Center; however, UNO’s Information Services website offers a list of printing locations across campus.

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14. Why won't a consultant edit my paper for me?
Our goal is to make you a self-sufficient editor of your own writing, and doing the work for you will not achieve that goal. Instead, we will help you identify errors in your writing and help you learn ways to correct or avoid them.

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15. Will the Writing Center help with collaboratively written papers?
Writing Center consultants are happy to work with students on group projects. We will work with you on sections of the paper that you crafted. If you want feedback on the whole paper, the whole group must attend and participate in the consultation.

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