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The Writing Center

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The FGCU Writing Center assists graduate students from a variety of disciplines. Moving beyond the basic foundations of academic writing, our qualified consultants can also identify issues of style, tone, and formatting and offer strategies for individual improvement. Thirty-minute sessions are available on a walk-in basis. The Writing Center also houses a variety of print resources and reference materials available for all FGCU students to use while in the Center.
 
Distance Sessions
Many graduate courses at FGCU take place outside of the Writing Center’s hours of operation. Though we recommend that you visit the Writing Center to work in person with one of our consultants, we realize that this may not work with your schedule. We are happy to accommodate graduate students who are taking evening and distance courses through our distance learning sessions.
 
Please be aware that our distance sessions are similar to an in-person session and are time restricted. The writing consultant will spend approximately 30 minutes providing comments and feedback electronically. This time frame allows for a review of approximately 4-6 double-spaced pages. The consultant does not edit your paper, but rather identifies issues and provides helpful comments and links with suggestions on how to improve.
 
If you are a graduate student and would like to take advantage of our distance services, email Carol Bledsoe (cbledsoe@fgcu.edu) from your Eagle email account with your assignment attached as a Word document. The body of the email should indicate the course number and title, instructor, assignment due date, assignment instructions, and one area in which you are requesting assistance (prewriting, thesis statement, development, documentation, or mechanics). 
 
Thesis Assistance
If you need assistance with your thesis or dissertation project, you are welcome to visit the Writing Center. We ask that you determine what specifically you would like to work on before signing up for a session. Each session is approximately 30 minutes, so generally with projects of this length, you may not be able to work on your entire project. However, many students have found that completing one session is an effective way to identify issues that appear throughout the paper and determine if they need to hire someone to assist them with editing their project. As per our policies, if you would like to complete more than one session with a writing consultant, you will need to sign up for another session after your first is complete and wait if there are others waiting for a session.
 
Employment at the FGCU Writing Center
The FGCU Writing Center is often looking for qualified graduate students to work as writing consultants. This part-time position provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience by helping contribute to the success of FGCU’s student community. This opportunity is not restricted to English majors. We welcome applications from a variety of disciplines. To apply, send your resume, contact information for three references, and two writing samples to Writing Center Director, Carol Bledsoe (cbledsoe@fgcu.edu).