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Undergraduate Programs

How to Start a Drop-in Conference

The Writing Center is closed until Fall 2021. We look forward to seeing you online in September!

  1. Click here to see which WAs are on duty. Be ready to share writing you’re working on, the prompt, etc. and talk with your WA in real time. The Writing Center still does not offer asynchronous conferencing; you cannot send us your paper and we’ll send it back later with feedback.
  2. Send an email or MS Teams chat message to the drop-in WA(s) that says “I am ready for a conference.”
  3. Once you and the WA connect, you can decide to continue the conference on Microsoft Team, Zoom, Google Meets, or whatever way works for you—even looking at the same document you emailed while talking on the phone.
  4. Click here to sign in once you’ve started your drop-in.
  5. Need help? Try our “How to Initiate a Drop-in Conference” video on our Handouts and Workshop Videos page.
  6. Looking for a WA who’s knowledgeable about a certain subject? View our WAs’ subject specialties. 

WAs can serve as “sympathetic first readers” for graduate students, working on higher order concerns such as interpreting prompts, paper organization and development, or checking citation format. WAs may direct graduate students back to their professors if asked content-based questions they don’t feel qualified to answer or to Melissa Pavlik for grammar/ESL concerns.