Writing Services offers all Carleton students free one-on-one writing consultations. These sessions help students learn how to write for their unique disciplines of study. Students can meet with a writing consultant during drop-in hours on the 4th Floor of MacOdrum Library.

Hours for Winter 2020:

Mondays: 10 am to 12 pm, 1 pm – 4 pm

Tuesdays: 10 am to 4 pm

Wednesdays: 10 am to 4 pm

Thursdays: 10 am to 4 pm

Fridays:  10 am to 4 pm

All on-campus consultations are drop-in and are a maximum of 50 minutes in length. Please bring a copy of the assignment sheet and course outline (if applicable), as well as any notes, outlines, or drafts you have done so far. Consultations begin with setting and planning to achieve your goals. We’ll review your assignment requirements and discuss concerns you may have about your writing. Please note: we do not edit/proofread assignments.

Writing Consultants Can Help You

  • Discover what you want to say and how to say it
  • Develop your ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Develop your critical thinking skills
  • Structure and organize your writing
  • Write better introductions and conclusions
  • Develop an argument
  • Understand the difference between description and analysis
  • Cite your sources appropriately throughout your paper
  • Connect with research assistance and resources for citations
  • Give you tips on how you can proofread/edit your paper (please note: we do not proofread/edit for you)

By responding to your writing as a critical reader, our goal is to help you learn how to write for a variety of academic purposes and support you in the process of completing your written assignments. Working with written assignments that are required as part of your course work at Carleton University, a writing consultant will help you examine your overall writing process and introduce you to helpful tools and strategies to write for academic purposes at various stages of the writing process. Meeting with a writing consultant also gives you access to a “live” reader of your work before you actually hand in a written assignment. This can be helpful to ensure that your ideas are coming across clearly and are easy for your reader to follow. Talking about your writing with a consultant can also help clarify your ideas for yourself. We will not do your writing for you, but we will help you to discover principles for effective writing and hone writing strategies that work for you.