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Consultations
Online and in-person appointments are available to help you improve your writing!
Consultation Formats
Video Chat Consultations - writer and consultant meet face to face via the online platform.
  • Writers are encouraged to submit their document at least 24 hours prior to the consultation, if the submission is 10 pages or longer. However, uploads during the consultation will still be accepted. This does mean, however, that your consultant might not have enough time to read the submission prior to the session.
  • Consultants will wait for up to 10 minutes past the scheduled start time. If the writer does not log on to the call within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time, the consultant will mark the consultation as missed.
Online Drop-off Consultations - writer submits the written work ahead of time. (Writer and Consultant do not meet in person.)
  • Consultants review and provide written feedback on the uploaded document during the scheduled time. 
  • Consultants will upload the written feedback no more than 30 minutes after the end of the scheduled time.
  • Consultants will wait no more than 10 minutes after the consultation start time to receive the attachment. If not received in that time, the consultant will mark the consultation as missed. 
Face-to-Face Consultations - writer and consultant meet in the same physical space at the same time. 
  • Writers are encouraged to submit their document at least 24 hours prior to the appointment, if the submission is 10 pages or longer. However, uploads during the consultation will still be accepted. This does mean, however, that your consultant might not have enough time to read the submission prior to the session.
  • Consultants will wait for up to 10 minutes past the scheduled start time. If the writer does not show up within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time, the consultant will mark the appointment as missed.
Consultation Lengths

One-hour Consultation - Use for submissions equal to or less than 10 pages, double-spaced, 12-pt font. 

Two-Hour Consultation - Use for submissions greater than 10 pages but less than 20 pages, double-spaced, 12-pt font. 

Consultation Limits

Writers are limited to 2 hours per consultation and 2 consultations per week

Consultation Content

Writers are asked to state specific aspects of writing on which they would like the consultant to focus. If this is not done, the consultant will do their best to provide meaningful feedback.

Where possible, writers are asked to include a rubric or assignment description with their submission. This will help consultants provide feedback targeted to the expectations of the assignment.

Examples of what a consultation might cover:

Higher Order Concerns (HOCs)
  • Getting Started/Prewriting
  • Brainstorming content and/or structure
  • Creation or fine-tuning of thesis statements or research questions
  • Introductions & Conclusions
  • Integration of arguments and evidence
  • Organization
Later Order Concerns (LOCs)
  • Basic elements of language
  • Grammatical constructions
  • Punctuation 
 

 

Consultation Policies
  • After 2 missed consultations, a writer will not be able to schedule another consultation without speaking to the Director. 
  • Please submit documents clear of comments from others, unless requesting clarifications on such comments. 
  • Use Lehigh accounts for all communications and interactions with the Graduate Writers' Studio. 
  • Writers may submit more than one document per consultation, provided the total number of pages meets the above-outlined length parameters. 
  • After attaching a document to a consultation, return to the appointment to ensure the document actually attached. 
Registering for the Scheduler and Scheduling a Consultation