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İSTANBUL ŞEHİR UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER

The Writing Center is a place where graduate level Sehir students can get help with their writing. The Writing Center is a part of Sehir’s Graduate School and English Preparatory Program (SEPP). It is a place where one-on-one teaching and learning occur, as graduate students work closely with a professional consultant at every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing except for exams.
 
The Center is located in room 445 and is open five days a week, from 9:00 until 17:00 Monday – Thursday and 9:00 – 12:00 on Friday.  The last appointment is taken one hour before the Center closes.
 
Sessions in the Writing Center are generally 30 minutes long and are arranged by appointment in advance.  There are walk-in appointments possible but only at certain times posted on the Writing Center door.
 
Making an Appointment
 
All Writing Center sessions are generally 30 minutes long. Try to schedule your appointment in advance of the due date for your paper so that you will have ample time to revise after the session.
Scheduling an appointment can be done either via e-mail or via phone call.
 
E-mail address:  writingcenter@sehir.edu.tr
Phone (extension):  444 40 34 (ext. 9270)
Appointments can be one-time or recurring.
 
How to Prepare for Your Session
 
  • If you can, e-mail the draft 24 hours in advance of your appointment to writingcenter@sehir.edu.tr or davidalbachten@sehir.edu.tr.
  • If you are working on a draft, bring two copies of it, one for you and one for the consultant.
  • If your writing concern is related to a particular assignment, bring the assignment.
  • If you want to discuss feedback you have received from a teacher, bring a copy of the comments.
  • If you have notes, previous writing, a particular text, and/or research materials related to your draft, bring those items to the session.
  • Prior to the session, re-read your draft and your assignment to determine what particular question, concern, or issue you would like to take up during the session.
 
What You Can Expect
 
  • We’ll ask for your input at the start of every session. This gives you a chance to help set the agenda for the session.
  • During your session, you will think, write, and talk about the writing that is on the page and the writing that isn’t yet there. We will prompt you to think actively, to compose new writing, and to discuss your thoughts about your paper and your writing process.
  • We will treat you with respect and respond fully to your concerns. At the same time, because we are just as interested in your long-term development as we are in your paper, we may ask you to try out a new strategy.
  • Our aim is two-fold: to help you with your concerns about the paper at hand and to suggest to you something new about the craft of writing, both of which you can take with you.
 
Our Bottom Line
 
  • We are writing consultants, not proofreaders, editors, ghostwriters, or graders of your paper.
  • You should not expect us to read through your paper and fix it. We will not correct your paper for you. We will make suggestions about style as we come to understand your meaning. In cases where we think sentence structure needs review, we will address specific rules with you.
  • We will not tell you what your idea is or how to read a particular piece of evidence. We will prompt you to rethink and complicate your idea, and we will help you to develop ways to clarify, deepen, and refine your readings of evidence.
  • We will not assess the validity of a grade you have received.
Our Attendance and Cancellation Policies
 
  • Because the Writing Center is often busy we have strict attendance and cancellation policies.
  • If you need to cancel the night before your appointment, you can modify or delete it prior to 11:59 pm by e-mailing or calling the Center.
  • If you need to cancel on the day of your appointment, you must e-mail or call the Writing Center.
  • If you miss more than one scheduled appointment but forget to cancel it, you will not be allowed to visit the Writing Center again during the semester.
  • If you are more than ten minutes late for your appointment, you will lose your session to a student on the waiting list.