Do you have questions about getting help with writing? We have answers!
Who works in the Writing & Media Lab?
The Writing & Media Lab is staffed by Furman students
who have been nominated by their professors or who have applied and been
accepted to work in the Writing & Media Lab.
The WML Consultants each take an academic
class, IDS 259: E-merging: Learning Technologies, before becoming fully-fledged
Consultants. While enrolled in IDS 259,
the Consultants-in-Training work limited hours in the Writing & Media Lab
and learn on the job as well as in the classroom.
The WML Consultants report directly to the
Writing & Media Lab Coordinator, a full-time staff member in the Center for
Teaching & Learning.
What is a consultation?
A consultation is a meeting between you and a WML Consultant about your project, whether it’s a paper or a multimedia
assignment. Supporting your academic work is the first priority of the
Writing & Media Lab and the Consultants.
For a writing consultation, a Consultant will sit down with you and go over your writing assignment. If you haven't started your paper yet, we'll help you brainstorm and think about your next steps for getting started. If you have something written, we'll read it aloud with you and go over structure, organization, thesis, logical arguments, word choice, audience awareness, voice, citation styles... and yes, even grammar if you want!
Our goal in the Writing & Media Lab is to help you become a better writer!
Do I need an appointment for writing help?
do not require appointments. However,
even though appointments are not necessary, an appointment is the only
way to guarantee that a Consultant will be available to assist you when
you come to the Writing & Media Lab. You should always plan ahead,
and make an appointment as early as possible!
How long is a writing consultation?
consultations generally last 45 minutes. Any longer, and everyone gets
burned out. Any shorter, and we can't offer you the highest level of
What if I made an appointment and I need to
When you made your appointment, you received an email
confirming the details of your appointment.
That email contains a link where you can cancel your appointment
online. You can also call 864-294-2323
or email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel or change your appointment.
Can I call and get a consultant to help me over
we are not able to offer phone consultations. Consultants cannot spend
more than three minutes assisting you on the phone. If the Consultant believes
that you will require more assistance, or if the call extends past three
minutes, the Consultant will invite you to come down to the Writing & Media
Lab for one-on-one assistance.
Do I need to have a finished paper before coming
to the Writing & Media Lab?
writing consultations can help at any stage of the writing process. We can help you with initial brainstorming, outlining,
revising, or editing your paper. If you
have started writing, we strongly recommend that you bring a
printed copy of your paper for your writing consultation (two copies would be
My paper is due in one hour—can you help me?
This is a tough question—we can try our best to help you,
but if a consultation lasts 45 minutes and your paper is due in one hour, you
won’t have time to make any changes to your paper. The more time you have to make changes, the
better we can assist you with your writing or multimedia projects.
What is the Writing & Media Lab's stance on plagiarism?
The Writing & Media Lab supports Furman's academic integrity policy
Any instances of potential plagiarism that arise during consultations
will be addressed with advice on proper documentation and paraphrasing
skills, thus resolving the problem before it occurs.
& Media Lab Consultants are not permitted to work on papers or
projects that contain instances of willful and deliberate plagiarism.