Our Philosophy & Services
Please note that all Writing Lab conferences are currently offered online only.
Need Help with your Writing?
Writing in almost all professions-in the business world, in publishing, in scientific laboratories, in the halls of Congress, etc.-is not the lonely activity that it often is on a university campus. Good writers everywhere ask colleagues, supervisors, and test audiences to read early drafts of their writing. Writing Labs (Centers) on university campuses serve the natural function of first (second, third . . .) readers.
The Writing Lab’s Goal
Our goal is to produce better writers, not necessarily better individual pieces of writing.
We, of course, believe that if we do the first part, the writers will do the second. Consequently, we do not promise students (and teachers) perfect papers at the conclusion of each conference, but we can promise that we will help hard-working students learn how to improve their own writing.
The Writing Lab’s Role in the Writing Process
Our role is to serve as a test audience and as writing coaches.
Our faculty and peer consultants are skilled judges of writing. We can help writers determine if their writing (essays, letters, personal statements, etc.) fulfills their intentions. If it does not, the consultant serves much the same function as a director in theater or a coach in athletics, devising and describing possible solutions. Like a director or a coach, a writing consultant does not perform the activity but advises writers about how to perform certain writing tasks for themselves. At the editing stage, for instance, we will not proofread, but we will help writers learn how to proofread for and correct their own errors.
Services We Offer
Consultants teach techniques of writing an essay with a sound thesis, thorough support, and clear organization. They will review any kind of written communication: compositions, research papers, journal articles, lab reports, and job and graduate school applications.
The Writing Lab library contains rhetoric textbooks, guides for writing research papers, grammar handbooks, grammar exercises, and pamphlets. Many of the books you may borrow; the pamphlets and exercises are free handouts.
Using one of the Lab’s two Macintosh and two windows terminals, consultants can show students research techniques to ensure they find reputable electronic and print sources for their papers. All the terminals are connected to the Internet and the campus network. We also encourage students to use our computers to write and revise their papers, but we request that they first discuss their manuscript with a Lab consultant.
The Writing Lab’s Clientele
Any UIndy writer (undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff) at whatever stage of writing, be it searching for a topic, developing a thesis and support, organizing, or editing for correctness, may make use of our services.
As coaches of writing, we work with writers at their level. As they develop confidence, we challenge and encourage them to further refine their skills. Thus, we welcome experienced and competent writers who want to make their writing still better, and we welcome writers who feel they are struggling. (What writer has not felt the struggle at some time or another?)
Writing Lab Conferences
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