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Writing Improvement Program

Writing Improvement Program

WIP: Policies and procedures

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies offers the Writing Improvement Program (WIP), a limited writing tutorial service within the department in conjunction with the Writing Center on campus. In addition to tutoring, tutors provide writing workshops throughout the year.

The primary purpose of this service is to raise students' writing skills to a graduate or professional level as early in their program as possible. Tutorial services are designed to teach students to write independently at improved levels before beginning their theses.  (Note: This is not an editing service.) The service is provided free of charge to students who have been identified and referred by a faculty member as needing assistance in writing, in areas such as APA style, grammar, sentence structure, word choice, and expression/organization of ideas. However, students need not be referred to seek help.

Referral process: When an instructor identifies a student as needing assistance, he/she will give the student names to the departmental tutor, who will keep a list of students in need including the date that they were identified. In order to address the intended purpose of this service, priority is given to students when they are first identified by an instructor or advisor. Note: failure to seek WIP help, once referred, may result in a Student Focus Form

Departmental Writing Tutor:

Where, when, and how: Tutoring takes place in the DMTC department offices or nearby during office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. Appointments may be made with the tutor in person, on the phone, 312-369-7697, or via email: bbrownholtz@colum.edu.

Tutorial guidelines: When possible, students should give the tutor a copy of papers to be worked on before their meeting time in order to maximize 1:1 discussion time. Students are encouraged to seek tutorial help as early as possible, to ensure sufficient time to develop that paper. Sessions will last no longer than 90 minutes. The departmental tutor will take no additional remuneration for this work with students.

Bio: Bethany Brownholtz earned an MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and a BA in English and Art from West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Honors College. At West Chester, she graduated summa cum laude and received the Walker Hamilton Award, given to the student with the highest GPA of all graduating English majors. She has worked in college and high school writing centers, has written and edited publications and grant proposals, and has tutored English, reading, writing, ACT prep, and SAT prep. 

DCAT Liaison to the Writing Center

Students are also encouraged to seek help at the CCC Writing Center, located at 618 S Michigan Avenue, 1st floor. The Writing Center has a DMT student who serves as a tutor and liason to the DMT department. The Writing Center Laison for the 2014-2015 academic year will be Katie Bellamy who accepts appointments through her loop email: katie.bellamy@loop.colum.edu. 

WIP Referral and Feedback Form