Writing

Writing Consultations at Allegheny:
Become a Stronger Writer

Students at Allegheny are required to write at every stage of their career and in a variety of disciplines. From your FS seminars to your Junior Seminar and Senior Project, you will be challenged to produce original writing that is clear, engaging, and polished. The Learning Commons offers free writing consultations for any Allegheny student who would like to work on his or her writing with a specially trained peer consultant. Peer consultants represent a wide variety of majors and are trained to work with writing from any discipline. Expository writing, lab reports, personal statements, and creative pieces are just a few of the many types of writing with which our consultants are trained to assist you.

Two types of consultations are available at the Learning Commons:

Drop-In Consultations:

Our drop-in consultation hours are  from 3-5pm and 7-11pm Sunday through Thursday. You may stop by the Learning Commons at any time to meet with a consultant on a first-come, first-served basis, or you may schedule an appointment at your convenience using our online scheduling service.

During drop-in consultations, consultants will guide you through a facilitated process of revision and brainstorming. Regardless of the stage you are at in the writing process–brainstorming, drafting, revision, polishing–the consultant can help you determine and practice the writing strategies that will help you achieve your individual goals for that paper. For more specific details about what you can expect during your writing consultation, click here.

You should plan to bring your draft and/or any notes/pre-writing you’ve done, a copy of the assignment, and a pen or pencil.

Matched Consultations:

If you would like to focus on improving your writing for an entire semester, matched consultants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Matches meet weekly to help student writers strengthen writing they are producing over the course of the semester and to address any general areas in which a writer would like to improve. A match is a semester-long commitment, and works best for students serious about meeting regularly with a consultant to work intensively on their writing.

Matched consultations are no longer available for Fall 2014. Please check back to sign up for a match in Spring 2014.  Thank you.