The mission of ADA’s writing center, The Write Space is to support ADA students, faculty, and staff in all stages of the writing process. Our goal is to facilitate the growth of individual writers, and to foster a strong university-wide writing community. The Write Space staff fulfills this mission by providing one-on-one consultations, workshops on specific writing topics and sponsoring other writing-related activities. Our team also realizes its special responsibility in help multi-lingual writers understand the differences between the writing styles and conventions of their different languages, without passing judgment.
The Write Space staff promotes learning and critical thinking by helping writers focus on issues of meaning and involving them in reflection on their own work. By building collaborative peer relations with student writers, we help them gain confidence, articulate ideas, acquire strategies, and learn the skills necessary to engage effectively in their writing process.
In addition, we believe that grammatically correct sentences are an important element in academic writing. However, we also believe that many writers focus too much on avoiding surface errors, forgetting that strong argument and organization are vital in the creation of a compelling and effective essay.
- Write Space consultants conduct cordial and helpful one-to-one consultations on class assignments and work-related writing such as cover letters.
- We assist students in addressing specific writing issues.
- We guide students in the analysis and discussion of writing.
- We create an environment in which students feel comfortable asking for and receiving assistance.
• We respond to teachers’ needs for support in the teaching of writing across the curriculum by offering in-class workshops on specific writing projects.
• We also work with faculty members on the construction of writing assignments that will give students the support required to do their best work.
- In addition, we offer editorial support for faculty in their own professional writing.
• As time allows, we offer editorial support for ADA administrative staff on official ADA communications, such as promotional material.
The Write Space staff will:
- remember that a tutorial is collaboration, an opportunity for a consultant and a student to work together to achieve a common goal.
- help students at every stage of the writing process: understanding the assignment, brainstorming for ideas, constructing a thesis, outlining, drafting, revising, and polishing.
- encourage students to recognize that they are writing for a public and academic audience, that they must follow the style and conventions of the academic discipline and class for which the work is being prepared.
The Write Space staff will NOT:
- write essays or parts of essays for students.
- provide a “proofreading” service.
- speculate on grades or suggest that a piece of work ought to earn a high or low grade.
- offer writing consultations outside of regular working hours.
- consult on writing done for “take-home” examinations.
- consult on writing for standardized tests such as the TOEFL or IELTS.