Writing & Communications Center

Pen and paper
Writing Center logoThe Writing and Communications Center offers free writing consultation for LCCC students.

What to Expect

Writing and Communications Center consultants will visit with students for 15-20 minutes to guide their work in any phase of the writing and/or speech-planning process, from brainstorming ideas, to outlining, to discussing revision strategies on a completed draft of a paper. Students will be encouraged to take notes throughout the session and mark their own papers with comments, reminders, corrections, etc.

What to Bring

To be fully prepared for a Writing and Communications Center visit, students should bring the following items:
  • the assignment sheet
  • pre-writing notes and/or a printed draft of the paper
  • instructor feedback and/or comments on a draft
  • any related readings (course textbook, assigned articles, style handbook, etc.)

Writing and Communications Center Philosophy

Rule No. 1: We don’t edit; we teach.

What is the difference between working with a writing center consultant and working with an editor?

Writing Center Consultants
Aim to help students improve overall competence, independence, and self-sufficiency in the subject
Aim to correct and perfect student work on individual assignments
Comment on strengths in student work and discuss opportunities for improvement without judgment
Focus on errors or weak points and judge the effectiveness of the work
Ask exploratory questions intended to guide students in reflection on higher-order concerns, such as thesis, purpose, audience, genre, and meeting assignment expectations
Focus primarily on lower-order concerns, such as spelling, grammar, and syntax

Guide students in the development and application of their own ideas
Provide ideas and direct application
Encourage students to take ownership of their work by taking notes throughout the session
Mark “line-by-line” errors on student work
Guide students in identifying and correcting lower-order concerns, such as spelling, grammar, and syntax, and introduce students to resources for further reference and development of self-sufficiency in proofreading
Correct errors without providing explanation or resources for further study
Guide students to develop revision plans
Create revision plans for students