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What is a Writing Consultant
First-year Writing at Ringling College: Every Ringling College student must take at least one writing class. A few students receive AP or transfer credit for this requirement, but most students in every major will find themselves in a writing class during their first semester at Ringling. For studio arts and design community students, there will be a second semester of writing in the spring semester of their first year.
Special Projects and Collaborations:
ARC Writing Consultants can help with all aspects of any writing project. In recent years, we have developed close working relationships with a number of classes and projects college-wide.
NASAC: National Student Advertising Competition: are working with this year-long studio class in the Advertising Design department to ensure the best--and most correct--possible copy for their project book.
Evidence Based Design: Third Year Interior Designers spend a year researching and writing about a specific design problem and the writing consultants help them comose, format, document and proofread. Ringling Writing classes use MLA Style Documentation (see link above), but EBDers use APA Style--and it has to be perfect!
Fulbright Grant Applicants: Ringling College students who are interested in applying for this wonderful and prestigious opportunity need to begin early and write a lot. Writing consultants will be on hand to help with all aspects of this writing from organizing what to say to making sure it is well and correctly expressed. Follow this link for the Fulbright packet guidelines.
Make An Appointment: It's a good idea to make an appointment first--for any ARC service. Writing Consultants can often accommodate drop-in writers, but you never know when a project that requires consultations--like one of the above or some other--is due the next day. If your instructor requires consultations, you definitely need a consultation if the deadline is tomorrow!
Referral Form: By using this form, Faculty and staff can help ARC workers know what students need--and assure themselves of notification when the student comes.
Every year several Ringling College students from a variety of majors work in the ARC reading and responding to other students' writing projects. We call them Writing Consultants. But whether you call them tutors, consultants or even editors, their job is to give honest, educated opinions and suggestions on everything from research papers and critical analyses to artists' statements, short stories, children's books and poetry.
The consultants begin their training with an eight-week introduction to the philosophy of writing centers, good teaching and tutoring models and some specifics of grammar, sentences, organization and audience. Only then can they begin to work with students as full consultants. Training continues every year they remain on the staff in staff meetings and other events planned to hone and develop their skills.
All of them are excellent students. Some are international and speak multiple languages. All are eager to interact with writers and their writing. And all share the writing center philosophy: "Our job is to make better writers, not just better writing."
Artists and designers will need to write everything from business letters and memos to grant proposals, critical reviews and artist's statements. With this in mind, like colleges all over the country, Ringling developed a peer writing support service. Through peer consultation, Ringling students develop better writing skills and habits, so when they graduate they can communicate in writing as well as visual forms. They will also experience the growth of knowledge and understanding that comes when people organize evaluate and record their thoughts. Some may discover or further develop a love for words and creative language. They may even want to become Writing Consultants themselves.
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