For Students

The Champlain Writing Center provides free, one-with-one consultations about writing for any member of the Champlain community. The CWC can help you develop ideas, create a coherent thesis, assist in deciphering an assignment or organizing your paper into a logical, coherent whole. In short, if you would like to talk to a knowledgeable peer about your writing projects, get extra feedback or simply make a good paper excellent, the writing center is the place to go. For answers to common questions you might have, keep reading.

Setting Up an Appointment

To make an appointment, call 383-6672. Consultations usually take 25 minutes, but for longer projects it could take up to 50. We also have a series of semester-long appointments available. In other words, if you'd like to come to the Writing Center and work with the same consultant at the same time every week, we can accommodate that as well.

The other way to schedule an appointment is to just drop by and see us. If we are not working with another writer, we'll be happy to sit down and start working with you. Generally speaking, setting up an appointment works best, especially at busy times in the semester around midterms and finals. However, you are always free to just drop by.

Common Questions

Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: Call the Writing Center at 802-383-6672 or just come by Miller Information Commons Room 218

Q: What do I need to bring with me to my consultation?
A: Any drafts of the project you've been working on and the assignment guide your professor has provided for you. If you're coming in to brainstorm, that's perfect. Just bring yourself and your assignment.

Q: What can the Writing Center help me with?
A: Any writing project you're completing both academic and non-academic. If you have a paper due in a course and don't know where to start, we can help. If you have a short story you're trying to get published and want a careful, sympathetic reader, we can help. If you're writing a graduate school application and want to know about the codes and conventions of this work, we can help.

Specifically, we can work with you on:

  • Research Papers
  • Essays
  • Case Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Capstone Projects
  • Personal Statements
  • Storyboards
  • Business Plans

 Q: Is the Writing Center only for courses in the Core?
A: No, it does not matter what course you are working on. We can help with them all.

Q: Is there anything the Writing Center won't do when it comes to writing?
A: We can't edit your papers or go line by line through the document for proofreading purposes. We can certainly talk about grammar and other sentence-level issues, but our goal is to help you understand grammar and sentence structure better so that next time you're able to uncover these errors yourself. In other words, don't expect to leave the writing center consultation with a grammatically perfect paper.

We also can't promise an improved grade. The CWC is a non-evaluative place. This means that we don't get into conversations or speculate about the likely grade of any given projects. We're confident that what we do talk about will make you a better writer in the long run so feel assured of that.

Q: I don't really understand what my professor wants me to do with the revision I'm doing. Can you help?
A: Yes, we can help you interpret your professor's feedback and organize a plan to help get you started on your revisions. What we do during consultations is confidential.

Q: The only copy of my paper exists electronically? Can I access it from the Writing Center?
A: Sure. You can either bring your laptop into the CWC or access it from one of our computers.

Q: I'm a Game Design major and I'm thinking about creating a story board for my most recent idea. Can I go to the Writing Center and how would they help me?
A: At the CWC, we believe that every piece of writing tells a story. When a chemist writes, she is telling the story of how an observable process happens. When a creative writer composes a short story, he tells a story through conventional means like characters, plot, etc. Creating the right kind of story is one of the cornerstones of good writing and we can help you develop that story no matter what form it takes.