The CommCenter, located in Huntley 118, has been serving Williams School students since 2004. Consultants who staff the CommCenter are professionals with extensive experience in writing, editing, and teaching college writing.
Help is available to individuals or groups at any stage of the creative process. Writers of all ability levels can benefit from meeting with the CommCenter consultants. At the CommCenter, you can discuss your work and receive non-judgmental feedback. The consultants help you say what you need to say as well as you can, show you strategies for better revising and self-editing, and refer you to appropriate sources for help on matters that aren't solved during the appointment. The best part.... it's free!
The CommCenter is not a proofreading or editing service. The consultants do not supply wording or content, guarantee better grades, or serve as a "last minute fix-it shop". All help given conforms to the W&L honor code.
During a typical session at the CommCenter, students will arrive with enough copies of their draft for everyone involved in the meeting. Consultants and students will read and discuss the draft. Sessions vary depending on the needs of the student and the nature of the project and may cover any or all of the following areas:
- Logical flow
- Thesis and purpose
- Support for and development of ideas
- Articulation of ideas
- Documentation and citation
- Audience awareness
- Effectiveness of presentation
- Grammar and mechanics
CommCenter consultants can also help students before they have a draft in progress.
The CommCenter consultants send an emailed, non-evaluative report to the instructor about each consultation, summarizing what was discussed during the session.