In order to limit the exposure of COVID-19 and protect our students and consultants, the Writing Center will be working with students only through digital methods. You can find more information on how to receive assistance on our online assistance page.
Improve Your Writing & Public Speaking
You’ll find a variety of assistance through the Writing Center. We have consultants available to help you with your writing assignments, and with public speaking for academic-related events! Our experts can help you develop and support your thesis, understand the rhetorical situation, organize ideas, cite sources, improve clarity, revise, and incorporate peer and instructor comments. When you consult with the Writing Center, bring any information you have about your assignment: the assignment sheet, due dates, the course syllabus, your textbook, notes, research, and/or any drafts or outlines. A rough agenda of items to cover during your appointment and any questions you have can also help you get the most out of your writing consultation.
How to get help
To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, we are working with students online, but you can still talk in real time to your consultant! Virtual consultations are 45 minutes long and scheduled through TutorTrac. If you need help scheduling or want to see if there are same-day appointments available, call or stop in to ask the first-floor library service desk. If you need to cancel an appointment, you may do so on TutorTrac up to 12 hours before the appointment. If it’s less than 12 hours until your appointment, please call us to cancel.
If you have a busy schedule and can't find an appointment time that works for you, we have the online consultation service. Submit your request through our online form and in two or three business days we'll send it back with our comments and suggestions.
No matter which kind of consultation you use, we’ll email a summary at the end of your appointment that you can give to your instructor if this is a required visit, or you can use to continue revisions after your appointment has ended. If you lose the email or accidentally delete it, you can also check your visit history on TutorTrac.
You can also use our instant message system. At the bottom of each page on our website is a chat box that you can use to ask quick questions. When a consultant isn't on duty, your question is sent to us as an email so we can respond when we're open.
The Writing Center closes for the fall semester on December 12, 2020.
Our Spring semester hours will be:
January 19, 2021 – May 1, 2021
- Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
- Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Helmke Library First Floor
Director, Writing Center and Library Service Desk
Helmke Library 106
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Because we have a limited number of staff but serve all courses held at Purdue Fort Wayne, we must enforce several policies:
- You may schedule one appointment per day, per class. (If you schedule more than one appointment per day for the same class, the first appointment of the day will be kept and the following appointments will be canceled.)
- You may schedule up to three appointments per six-day period, per class.
- Please do not overlap submissions to the online consultation service and face-to-face appointments for the same assignment.
- Please plan to have no more than 10 pages of text consulted on in a single appointment. (If the paper is more than 10 pages long, please provide a 10-page range of text to focus on during the appointment.)
- Graduate students must meet with graduate student consultants or undergraduate student consultants that have been approved for graduate work.
- We do not provide transcription or dictation services.
- We do not provide proofreading or editing services.