This is the former home of WRITERS BLOCK. Refer to the

Academic Development Center for writing assistance in future.

On-line Essay Reading and Response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who can receive e-mail help?
When is e-mail writing help offered?
What can we help you with?
What can we not help you with?
What to expect once you've sent in an inquiry or draft.
What you may not expect from the reader.
Who are the on-line essay readers?

Here's how to go about submitting a paper  and what to do with it once you've got it.
N.B.: Writers Block is NOT a "night before" or "quick-fix" writing resource. It is rather a stage in an extended writing
     process. Submissions marked  "Urgent" or "ASAP" or "Deadline Tomorrow!" or the like will not be given special handling.
Submit a rough draft
Now what?

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Who can use this service?

Use of this service is restricted to Boston College students with Boston College e-mail accounts and addresses (all students have such accounts).  Inquiries originating from other e-mail services (AOL, etc.) cannot be honored.
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When is it available?

E-mail instruction is available after October 1 and February 1 of each semester until the last study day before exams in each semester.  It is not available during winter or spring break or during the summer.  It is not available during periods designated as university holidays.

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What types of writing can we help with?

All types of undergraduate essay writing (all levels) in the humanities: essays, papers, book reviews, proposals, personal statements, scholarship essays, reviews, letters, etc.   All types of graduate writing subject to time constraints:  essays; papers; proposals and application essays; thesis chapters.

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What types can we not help with?

Longer works:  long research papers and theses.  For these types of writing make an inquiry with the Academic Development Center.  Creative work: novels and short stories; creative writing exercises.

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What to expect after you've initiated contact with us?

1.  We'll send you a response before the end of the second day after you contact us.  It may be only a question or two or a fuller response.  Be prepared to enter into an exchange with a reader.
2.  Direct, open, honest advice.
3.  Suggestions to guide your thinking for revision of the submission.
4.  Questions to consider as you revise.
5.  Acknowledgement of parts of the paper that work well.
6.  Advice about general ways to improve the paper.
7.  The opportunity to enter into a dialogue with your reader.

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What you may not expect?
 

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Who are "we"?

Your peers.  The Writers Block is staffed by a dozen advanced undergraduates (who handle submissions from undergraduates) and a number of graduate students from different schools (Social Work and Arts and Sciences, for two).  And we are experienced writers trained by the ADC ( The Academic Development Center at Boston College ).  We are supported by the professional staff of the Academic Development Center.  Administration of the Writers Block is located in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program.  Inquiries about Writers Block itself should be directed to Prof. Tim Duket .

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On-line Essay Reading and Response


Copyright 1998 - The Trustees of Boston College
Copyright, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 - Prof. Tim Duket and Arts and Sciences Honors Program
In January 2004, Writers Block was transferred to the Boston College Academic Development Center.


This document may be borrowed and copied if attribution to this institution and to authors is made. Distribution for sale is of course forbidden. OWLS (on-line writing labs) at Purdue, Wisconsin, and UMichigan (Sweetwater Writing Center) were consulted in the development of Writers Block. Copyright is claimed to the name "Writers Block": specifically, the right to expect that those who use it will also claim no exclusive rights to its use.  Punctuation chosen for the name "Writers Block" is the sole responsibility of Prof. Duket.