In Fall 2020, the UVa Writing Center will operate online in both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous modes. If you are a returning user who is ready to schedule a consultation, go to our scheduling website. If you are looking for online writing resources and handouts, check out our website. And if you are new to the Writing Center, read on for answers to frequently-asked questions.
Who Can Use the Online Writing Center @ UVa? The resource is available for use by all current UVa students, regardless of year, school, or major.
What Kind of Support Can Online Consultants Provide?
- Consultants can advise on all stages of the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revision, argument structure, editing, and other concerns.
- Consultants can help with any kind of writing: essays for classes, conference papers, dissertations/theses, cover letters for applications, personal statements, resumes, etc.
- Please note: consultants cannot proofread or edit for you. They also cannot help students with take-home exams unless the instructor has given explicit permission.
How Do I Schedule a Consultation? You will need an account in our scheduling system. Once you have an account, you can log in, choose a day and time, and schedule an appointment. Students can register for one 25-minute appointment or two back-to-back 25 minute appointments per day. You can upload a copy of your work at this time, or come back later to upload your work before your appointment, or wait to share your work during the appointment itself. One day before your appointment, you will receive an email reminder.
How Do I Connect with My Consultant? You will need a device that can connect to the Internet (computer, laptop, notepad--a phone is not recommended) and a reliable high-speed Internet connection. When it is time for your appointment, log in to https://virginia.mywconline.com, double-click on your appointment, and click "Start or Join Online Consultation." A screen will pop up that provides further instructions, and your tutor will be waiting to chat with you.
What If We Have Technical Problems? In case of glitches within the system or factors beyond the student's or consultant's control, the consultant and the student can choose an alternative way to “meet” online: Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, phone conversation, etc.
What Happens in an Online Consultation? The online system allows you and the consultant to use video, audio, and text chat to converse about your work; it also allows you to upload/paste in a copy of your work to a whiteboard that each of you can view, add to, write on, edit, and revise in real-time. A consultation is a collaborative experience in which you work on your paper with the consultant’s guidance. Together you will read through your writing and discuss ways to develop your ideas and strengthen your work. You may make changes to your writing during the session or take notes for later. At the end, your tutor will write up a brief summary of their main suggestions and email that to you via the online system. When the session ends, any chat transcript and whiteboard text will be saved, and you will be able to return to the appointment to view those documents later.
What Is Asynchronous Response? Asynchronous Response is an option where writers can upload their work, along with a detailed list of concerns and the guidelines/rubric for the assignment, and a consultant will respond within 48 hours with comments sent back to the writer in an email attachment. Students must schedule their consultations at least 48 hours in advance of when they need the feedback. To schedule an Asynchronous Response, choose the "Asynchronous Response Fall 2020" schedule.
Interested in becoming a Writing Consultant? We hire undergraduates after they have taken one of two classes: ENWR 2520 (Tutoring Across Cultures) or ENGL 3940 (Tutoring Peer Writers). These courses provide the pedagogical and theoretical background that students need before they can begin tutoring.
Questions? Contact Claire Chantell.