Proofreading Policy

See writing from a different point of view. Proofreading is important but Writing Fellows are primarily trained to help you revise (rather than edit) your paper. That means reading it over with you and focusing on ways to improve the overall argument, evidence, and structure. Once these higher-order concerns are addressed, fellows will support you in the final stage of proofreading by helping you discover patterns of error in your draft, sharing resources, and teaching you self-editing techniques.


No-Show Policy

A writer who fails to keep an appointment in the Writing Center prevents other writers from receiving the help they need. In order to limit “no shows” in the Writing Center, we have the following policy:

  • The first time in a given semester that a writer fails to cancel an appointment through WCOnline, or misses an appointment without calling or emailing the Writing Center, an email alert will be sent to him or her.
  • The second time in that same semester that the writer fails to cancel an appointment through WCOnline, or misses an appointment without calling or emailing the Writing Center, he or she will be blocked from making any additional appointments for the remainder of that semester.

If there are special circumstances you would like us to consider if this policy is applied to you, please email the Director of the Writing Center at hcarroll@carthage.edu.