Need help becoming a better writer?
The ERC’s Writing Assistance Program offers BU students, faculty, staff, and alumni an opportunity to develop their writing skills. ERC Writing Fellows focus on all aspects of the writing process and believe that everyone can become a better writer. The Writing Fellows can help you with all stages of the writing process: time management and organization, brainstorming, confusion over the readings or prompts, outlining, thesis formation, building an effective argument, drafting, integrating evidence and quotations, revising style and voice, identifying patterns of error at the sentence level, formatting citations, and learning techniques for editing and self-proofreading.
20 minutes (max)
Not scheduled in advance
For limited review
- Specific concerns, such as: introduction, subject-verb agreement, or topic sentences
- Getting specific feedback, but not enough time for a holistic review
Booked in advance
For holistic review
- Students who are working on any stage of a written assignment: brainstorming, drafting, or revising
- Concerns about clarity, argument or organization
SPRING 2021 WRITING ASSISTANCE DROP-IN HOURS via ZOOM:
MONDAY-FRIDAY 12pm-1pm WEDNESDAY 5pm-7pm
Click the DROP-IN ZOOM link during above times to meet with a Writing Fellow
loading slideshow... Individuals should come prepared to each writing assistance appointment with their written work, ideas, or questions and goals to work on with a Writing Fellow. The appointment is a judgement free zone where you can ask any and all questions. You will lead the appointment with the guidance of a Writing Fellow. Together, you will talk about your writing and what you’re trying to accomplish. ERC Writing Fellows are graduate students with a strong background in effective writing who offer writing advice and troubleshooting strategies for your projects. There are so many resources at BU like tutoring, writing help, and more!
What to Expect
Writing Assistance is the perfect opportunity to develop your writing skills and become a more confident writer.
What does a Writing Assistance appointment look like?
It’s okay if you haven’t written anything yet, or what you have is not as polished as you’d like. The Writing Fellow can help you with all stages of the writing process: time management and organization, brainstorming, confusion over the reading or prompts, outlining, thesis formulation, building an effective argument, drafting, presenting and integrating evidence/quotations, revising, style and voice, patterns of error at the sentence level, citations/avoiding plagiarism, and techniques for editing and self-proofreading.
What should I not expect of my Writing Fellow?
What should I bring?
How can I get the most out of my appointment?
Keep an open mind: Students sometimes misdiagnose their own writing. Writing Fellows may direct your attention to new aspects of your work or provide constructive feedback. Be willing to view your work with fresh eyes and engage with your Writing Fellow about their feedback.
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General Questions and ERC Policy
How can I get in touch with my Writing Fellow?
Can Writing Fellows help with any course, school, or type of writing?
Why don't Writing Fellows proofread or edit mistakes?
The goal of Writing Assistance is not to fix your paper; it is to help you become a better writer. Thus, Writing Fellows will offer advice about revision and strategies for self-proofing so that writers learn what sorts of problems to look for in future papers and discover strategies to correct or avoid them.
What are the limits on appointment use?
What are the policies related to academic dishonesty?
What if I need help with a take home exam?
Can Writing Fellows help with resumes, cover letter, or application essays?
How do I set up a Writing Assistance appointment?
How do I know I set up an appointment accurately?
You will also know you have scheduled your appointment correctly if you refresh your home screen in TutorTrac and see Upcoming Appointments.
How many appointments can I schedule?
I’m an alumna/alumnus. I want to use Writing Assistance, but I can’t log in. What do I do?
If you graduated prior to 2011, please use the Writing Assistance Special Request Form to request a TutorTrac login. You will receive an email when your account is set up.
What do I do if I can’t log into TutorTrac (ERC's scheduling system) to make an appointment?
What if I can’t find an appointment that works for me?
I am working on a group writing project, can we schedule a group appointment?
Six students is the maximum.
No double sessions.
Every person in your group who has contributed to the writing must attend the appointment.
Writing Fellows will not work on the material of writers who are not present under any circumstances.
All members of the group are expected to participate in the meeting.
As always, Writing Fellows will not provide proofreading.
What if I need to cancel by appointment?
To cancel an appointment, send an email to email@example.com at least 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled appointment. Include the word “cancel” in the subject heading and tell us your name and the date and time of your appointment. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, we appreciate the notification, but you will still be marked as Missed. As long as you cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start of the scheduled Writing Assistance appointment, you will not be marked as Missed.
What is a missed appointment?
Missed means that you did not attend an appointment as scheduled. It is the policy of the ERC that once you have two Missed appointments, you will be unable to make or attend any future appointments until you have come to the office and spoken with one of the ERC’s professional staff about your attendance. If you feel you have received a Missed notification in error, please see the next question.
What if I got a missed appointment email, but I was there or cancelled far in advance?
What happens when I get two missed appoinments on record?
Additional Writing Centers
Explore all of your options with our Academic Resource Guide:
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Individuals should come prepared to each writing assistance appointment with their written work, ideas, or questions and goals to work on with a Writing Fellow. The appointment is a judgement free zone where you can ask any and all questions. You will lead the appointment with the guidance of a Writing Fellow. Together, you will talk about your writing and what you’re trying to accomplish. ERC Writing Fellows are graduate students with a strong background in effective writing who offer writing advice and troubleshooting strategies for your projects.
There are so many resources at BU like tutoring, writing help, and more!