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1-to-1 Writing Consultations

1-to-1 Writing Consultations (WC) are designed to meet the writing needs of students, faculty, and scholars (non-VUMC) whose first language is not English.

Due to the varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the university’s students, faculty, and scholars, their abilities and needs in accomplishing course writing requirements may vary significantly from those of native English-speaking students. The instructors and writing consultants at the ELC are well acquainted with typical writing styles of non-native speakers of English. Consultations are between participants and consultants in order to determine the individual’s most pressing needs. WC sessions provide constructive feedback to help writers develop strategies for successful writing in the academic context.

How Do I Sign-Up?

Writing consultations are scheduled in advance directly with the 1-to-1 Writing Consultations Coordinator.

Click HERE to sign up.

Please note: writing consultations are offered only during Fall and Spring semesters (closed during Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break).

WC Appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance whenever possible.

Before You Arrive...

Students who plan to participate in these sessions are REQUIRED to:

  • STEP 1: Bring a specific writing assignment or project with them, along with specific questions/concerns, and
  • STEP 2: Be aware of required or the preferred writers' style manual, if applicable (APA, MLA, and bring a copy if possible).
  • STEP 3: Read 1-to-1 Writing Consultation Policies
  • Step 4: If you are unsure if you need your professor's permission before receiving assistance with a paper or writing project, please consult him/her before making a WC appointment.

1-to-1 Writing Consultation sessions focus on language rather than content. If you find yourself having trouble organizing and presenting your ideas in writing, contact the Writing Studio to schedule a 1-to-1 consultation there. Seeking assistance at the Writing Studio does not prevent you from also making a 1-to-1 Writing Consultation appointment at the ELC, where we are happy to work with you on language-related problems in writing, such as grammar, punctuation, word choice, and word order. However, please remember: the WC is not an editing service. For a WC session, the student must be present in person.


For more information about 1-to-1 Writing Consultations, contact:

Jim Cracraft, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277