Contact the Writing Center

Director: Theresa Nicolay
Location: Golisano Gateway, Top Floor
Phone: (585) 385-8151
Email: tnicolay@sjfc.edu

ENGL 103/104: Writing Workshop

Student group in writing center

About the Writing Workshop

What is the Writing Workshop?

The Writing Workshop (English 103 in the fall, English 104 in the spring) is a 1-credit course designed to help you meet or exceed Fisher's writing goals for first-year students. The Workshop is designed to help writers who need extra structure and/or writing feedback in order to succeed in English 101 or their writing intensive Learning Communities. For the Workshop, students complete ten tutorials in the Writing Center. Students bring work from their current classes; no additional work is assigned.

The Writing Workshop has many advantages. It gives students lots of consultation with experienced writers outside of class. It puts writers in closer contact with their instructors and allows them to set and achieve goals. Most importantly, it provides writers with a structure that offers them the additional instruction and support they need to succeed in English 101 or their Learning Community.

Who can take the Workshop?

All first-year students are eligible for the Workshop. Enrollment in English 103 is voluntary. Enrollment takes place during the early weeks of the fall semester.

Some students will be required to take English 104: The Writing Workshop in the spring semester if they receive a grade below a C in English 101 (or below a C in either of their learning community classes for a writing-intensive learning community). If you are so notified in the spring, you do not have the option of refusing to take the Workshop; this assignment is mandatory.

How do I sign up for the Workshop?

To enroll, see Dr. Nicolay, the Writing Center Director, to complete an Add form. You will be adding a 1-credit course, English 103 (or 104 in the spring), with its own CRN.

How do I get started?

To make an appointment, go to https://tutortrac.sjfc.edu. The average visit lasts about 30 minutes.

Writers don't necessarily need to be working on a draft to profit from a visit to the Writing Center. However, students must be prepared to work during each consultation (i.e., readings should have been completed prior to the consultation; assignments and guidelines should be on hand). Consultants can help writers with brainstorming, revising, polishing, and other issues, including developing an effective writing process.

What if I can't make it to an appointment?

If you are unable to keep an appointment, you can cancel the appointment online through TutorTrac. If you have difficulty cancelling an appointment, call the Writing Center. The Writing Center notifies your instructor when you fail to show up for an appointment. If you fail to show up for a scheduled Writing Center appointment or repeatedly cancel appointments will no longer be allowed to sign up in advance for appointments. Multiple no-shows may cause you to fail the Workshop.

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