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At the Writing Center, students work with trained undergraduate and graduate student tutors who can converse with writers about any writing task. Some of the kinds of writing that a Writing Center tutor can help with are:
The Writing Center is for anyone who wants become a better writer. The Writing Center is open to students across the university—from all disciplines and from every skill level. At the Writing Center, we know that all students will benefit from sessions with a Writing Center tutor. The Writing Center also offers several services for faculty.
The Writing Center offers in-person sessions in the Writing Center in AUD 650 and online sessions through our Blackboard page. Tutoring sessions are free and appointments can be made by phone 312-341-2206 or by email email@example.com. For immediate appointments, students can drop by the Writing Center to see if a tutor is available.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
Without a doubt, getting started is the most difficult thing about writing. Note-taking and outlining are definitely important to the writing process, but sitting down and writing that all important first draft is where the real heavy lifting comes in. Often times, I find that what keeps me from getting started is the anxiety that I don’t know what I’m going to say or even how I feel about the topic, but then I remind myself that it’s because I’m uncertain about a topic that I want to write about it.
In most Composition and English classes, teachers often focus on what final drafts should look like without taking the time to talk about the process of getting to those final drafts. No one gets it right the first time. No one. Not your fellow students, not your teachers, not even the writers we’ve all had to read in high school and college survey classes. However, if you don’t at least try for a decent first draft, then there can’t be a brilliant final draft.
First drafts may be laborious, but it’s where the most exploration and insight comes from. It’s your chance to take risks, make mistakes, and make discoveries. First drafts give you a more vivid sense of how you’ll need to organize your essay and the scope of your argument (Is my thesis too broad? Not broad enough?) than an outline; a new argument might open up to you or you might find a gap in your argument that requires more you to do more research or think about your topic different. By the end of it, you’ll be more sure of your thesis or you might throw away the old one and have a new, better, stronger thesis!
The reason we write isn’t just to bring insight to our readers, but also to make our own discoveries and answer our own questions. First drafts are where those discoveries and answers begin. So, while getting started is the most difficult part of the writing process for me, it’s also the most rewarding.