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ANNOUNCEMENT #1

Welcome to WCONLINE, your home for scheduling appointments at West Point's William D. Mounger '48 Writing Center! 

The MWC opens for the fall on 22 Aug. Appointments available for booking now!

COVID UPDATE: 

The MWC is currently conducting in-person appointments only. Clients and consultants must observe any applicable masking, distancing, and hygiene policies according to current USMA policies. Clients and consultants should sanitize hands before and after each session; consultants should sanitize tables before each session. 

THE BASICS

The Mounger Writing Center (MWC) is on the second floor of Jefferson Hall; normal hours are Mon-Fri afternoons (1300-1600) and Sun-Th evenings (2000-2200). The MWC is closed on modified schedule days as well as holidays and holiday weekends. 

The MWC sponsors one-on-one peer consultations, group workshops, and special events for all faculty and cadets working on any writing or communications project, for any purpose. All appointments are conducted by Cadet Writing Fellows or Contracted Consultants.

In addition to assignments for coursework, the MWC also offers consultations for projects connected to personal interests or professional opportunities. Writing Fellows are trained to assist you at any stage of your process, whether clarifying an initial focus, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, integrating and documenting sources, or revising and polishing a draft. 

KEY TIPS

How can I make the most out of these sessions? Ensure your appointment-form is accurate and detailed regarding the assignment and your concerns; prepare a plan of attack, with your main concerns, prior to arriving for your appointment. You may upload your assignment if you cannot print it out, but it will not be considered until you meet with your consultant during your appointment.

How much of my writing will a Writing Fellow be able to read and respond to in a session like this? Writing Fellows do not read drafts in advance. During any given session (45 minutes), we will likely only be able to read and discuss effectively with you around 8-10 pages of double-spaced writing. If your project is longer, consider a second appointment. 

What if I have specific concerns about proofreading? We will help you identify patterns of error and awkwardness in your writing, especially ones that obscure your meaning, guide you to relevant learning resources, and selectively model different editing and proofreading options available to you. We also recommend that you continue to draw on peers for proofreading assistance and to enlist proofreading tools embedded in MS Word as well as free online resources (such as Purdue OWL and helpful extensions like those offered by Grammarly). Remember you must document "extended" proofreading according to the DAW (see section VI.O, pp. 15-16). 

What should I expect overall? It's important to remember your project is your work, and that Writing Fellows are not instructors; we're generalists, not subject-matter experts. We're not here to edit or proofread your paper, nor to grade it. Instead, we act as informed, critical readers; above all we aim to advance your learning and development. We're sounding boards for how effectively you're shaping your argument; we look to advise you about general principles of sound writing, as they bear on the specific writing project you send us. We'll address higher order concerns of substance and organization as well as 'later order' concerns, such as patterns of error or awkwardness in style or mechanics. Bottom line: we focus on guiding a conversation with you that will enable you to improve your own work.

KEY POLICIES  

See our website for both Cadet FAQ and Faculty FAQ.

Cadets may not schedule any appointments on the same day their assignment is due.

Cadets may schedule a maximum of two appointments total for any given (discrete) project.

No client (neither cadets nor faculty) may schedule more than one appointment per day, two per week. 

Cadets must cite all MWC sessions in their submitted work according to DAW guidelines (Appendix A).

Email MWC@westpoint.edu with any questions.

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