In a short period of time, my colleague has helped me immensely with my book project. She looked at what I had gathered already and suggested how she saw the direction that my project might be heading. Her intuitive questions were amazing based on many factors, including the fact that I had not gotten a copy to her of my project before our first meeting. Her very thoughtful listening and her carefully crafted questions helped me to see some of the strengths and weaknesses of my project. I would say, looking back, that our conversations were the best kind of collaboration, in that I am not sure who came up with some of the solutions we arrived at in terms of structuring text and images to be dynamic on the page and get at the heart of my academic goals. In some instances her questions helped me to see where I could re-work aspects of my project, and in some cases she made suggestions that she felt would clarify my layout of the material. I feel as though our meetings were a real give and take that led to a very fruitful and positive outcome. Together we developed a clearer direction for me to head in than I had before, and that already has been a huge help in re-working my entire project.
My consultant has generously given of her time and experience to help me sharpen my written expression as my project moves from dissertation to book…Through her comments, I have noticed trends and tendencies in my own writing, and awareness of these tendencies allows me to make my writing clearer, whether I am simply revising or crafting new material.
I am writing this to offer my gratitude to the incredible work that all members of the Writing Studio provide. As a post-doctoral fellow, my sessions sharpened my book manuscript in profound ways. Through these writing sessions, there were productive paradigmatic shifts in how I approached the material and I found my voice through my consultants suggestions. The time at the Writing Studio has been very beneficial and now it helps me as I grade papers from my undergraduate students. I now have a tool kit with which to assist my students. Finally, I highly recommend the Writing Studio to all my students, both graduate and undergraduate. As a faculty member, the Writing Studio has been such a great professional asset.