The Coaching Process
One of the best ways to improve your writing is to receive regular constructive feedback. GWC coaches have the training and experience to help you organize your ideas, develop an outline, rework your phrasing, understand language and citation rules, overcome writer's block, and generally manage the writing process. Coaches assist with any type of assignment, from short papers to dissertations.
What coaches do:
- Discuss your writing either in person in the GWC or, if you are a DL student, over the phone
- Help you to develop your thoughts and map out a plan in the pre-writing phase
- Coach you through drafts and rewrites
- Coaches budget their time by spending 30 minutes reviewing your draft for a 30-min appointment, or 60 for 60
- Coaches review your work for organization, critical thinking, and writing mechanics
- Help you communicate clearly
- Explain how and when to cite
- Teach you how to edit and proofread your own work
- Refer you to resources specific to your needs
What coaches don't do:
- Exhaustively edit, proofread, or format papers. In reviewing your work, coaches will identify areas that need improvement or correction, but the primary emphasis is on teaching writing skills to help you become self-sufficient.
- Correct papers using Word's Track Changes, or coach through an email dialog
- Conduct general assessment tests
- Replace the guidance of professors
- Provide substantive, discipline-specific feedback on content
How to meet with a writing coach:
The most reliable way to meet with a coach is to make an appointment in WCOnline. To schedule a 30-60 minute session, click on: Sign Up with a Writing Coach. Alternatively, you can drop-in or call the GWC office at 831-656-3682. For drop-ins, bring your paper.
WCOnline requires a simple one-time registration. After you have registered, select the Coaching Sign Up calendar from the pull-down menu. Follow the instructions to make an appointment, and note if you would like to focus on organization, grammar, citations, or other issues. If possible, please email your written work and assignment instructions to your coach 24 hours in advance to allow time for review. (For a thesis chapter, please include your abstract.)
Availability can be limited. During busy periods of the quarter, coaching appointments may be limited to two per week or 60 minutes total. Thank you for your patience.
Writing coaches are available to provide assistance on classified papers. Meetings are held in either the Dudley Knox Library's Restricted Materials area or in the secure facilities in Glasgow. Email the Graduate Writing Center for guidance on making an appointment.