Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the UWC's most frequently asked questions. If you need more information, you may contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why should I go to the University Writing Commons?
Writers improve most through constructive feedback combined with an opportunity to discuss their ideas with someone else. That's what the Writing Commons is here for! We work with all forms of writing—including research, design and presentation—and with all majors, disciplines and fields of study. Writing Assistants will work with you to tailor feedback to the specific prompts and assignments you bring to the Commons. You will leave with feedback you can be apply directly to the paper or project you are working on, as well as feedback you can apply to future writing. Anyone, at any stage of the writing process, should make an appointment at the Writing Commons. Back to Top
I have been referred to the University Writing Commons, am I in trouble? How do I get started?
If you have been referred to the UWC, know that you are a very lucky Student! You are joining the other 3,000+ NAU Students who have used the UWC. Please start by making an appointment online at nau.edu/iwriting/uwc/
. We partner with student-writers during the writing process, to provide feedback on your ideas and drafts, by suggesting new skills and techniques to improve your writing.
Collaborating with you means identifying disciplinary expectations. Together we can rhetorically
situate your writing tasks and provide tailored feedback on topics like organization, document design and structure, synthesis, and incorporation of research. The more that you come to the UWC, the more confident you will feel about your writing assignments. We often aim to have each student leave with an idea of what to do next. Please visit our home page
for more information about the UWC. We look forward to working with you!
What is English 100? How much homework does it entail?
English 100 is a 1-credit course designed to assist students with writing related to their course work. Students enrolled in English 100 meet once a week for a half-hour with a Writing Assistant. During an English 100 appointment, students work with Writing Assistants to outline papers, find information, organize ideas, write topic sentences and transitions, discuss feedback, and design plans to improve grammar and punctuation. Students who would like to improve their writing, but do not have much writing in their courses, will still benefit from taking English 100. These students will need to be a little more self-directed. Instead of bringing writing from other courses, these students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of English 100 writing activities to work on during their appointment.
English 100 requires a half-hour of writing outside of the appointment each week. This writing—or homework—is usually related to the projects and papers the student is already working on in other classes. This writing may involve revising an assignment based on feedback from the Writing Assistant, or it may involve doing an activity on grammar and punctuation, brainstorming, outlining, research, or organization. Back to Top
My professor wants me to have my paper edited before I submit it. Can you do that?
It is best not to wait until the last minute to come to the Writing Commons. We are more than just an editing service, and our feedback typically focuses on more important concepts than grammar and punctuation. Writing Assistants will give you some sentence-level, final editing suggestions, however most of their feedback will be focused on the document or project as a whole. In other words, yes—bring your paper to us—but please leave enough time before the deadline to allow for feedback that goes below the surface and really improves the writing as a whole. Back to Top
Can I email my paper to you instead of making an in-person appointment?
Writing improves the most when feedback is collaborative and exchanged in person. For this reason, the Writing Commons only offers in-person appointments. Back to Top
Yes, make an appointment, but please come knowing that you will receive suggestions that go beyond sentence-level grammar mistakes. You can expect our Writing Assistants to point out two or three grammar themes for you to work on, and then focus the rest of their feedback on larger concepts such as organization, synthesis and the incorporation of research. Back to Top
Where are you located?
Health and Learning Center, 3rd Floor, Green Scene Cafe: Monday-Thursday 9am-Noon
University Union, 1st Floor, Inclusion and Multicultural Services, (Room 105): Monday-Thursday 9am-Noon
Cline Library, 2nd Floor, Writing Commons, (Room 240): Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm; Friday: 9am-1pm
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