WRITING LAB

Need help with English writing?

We will help you take your ideas and turn them into exciting, professional work you can be proud of.

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What we do

We can help you with any kind of writing

Obviously we can help you with assignments for school — from short homework tasks all the way up to theses and dissertations. But we are also happy to help you with employment and graduate school applications, CVs, or any other personal and public writing.

You may meet with us to discuss an oral presentation, multimedia project, email, blog, or work of fiction. We work on all aspects of the writing process, from brainstorming through drafting, revising, and final editing.

We will advise you on your writing strategy and grammar

We will show you strategies, practices and habits to make you a better writer and reader of your own work. Of course we can advise you on grammatical, mechanical, and stylistic concerns, but we do so with a focus on practices which will help you become a better writer in the long run, not on short-term, specific "fixes."

Consultations

Are the Writing Lab consultations for me?

We can help students, teachers, and employees

We can work with all members of the Masaryk University community.

No matter where you are in the writing process

We can help you at any stage of the writing process - brainstorming, proposing, researching, writing, editing, presenting or publishing.

Come by yourself or with your co-workers

You can have an individual consultaitons, but you can also join a Writer’s Group or create new group with your colleagues.

When can I come?

Schedule an individual consultation

In Autumn 2020 all consultations will be done online, using the video call application of your choice (we prefer Zoom or Teams, but we are also happy to use any other common app). 

Here are the times we are available for consultations: 

Tuesdays 12:00 - 14:00

Wednesdays 15:00 - 17:00

Thursdays 10:00 - 13:00, and 14:00 - 17:00

Please click on the link and fill out the form. We will contact you shortly!

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Weekly Writers’ Hours

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, we will not have in-person office hours in Autumn 2020. 

Please make an appointment for an online consultation if you'd like to meet with us. 


Writer groups

If you are working on a longer research or writing project, you can join a Writer’s Group to get regular support and feedback. We facilitate groups of about 4-5 students (you can either come to us with already-chosen groups, or contact us individually, and we will help you form a group). The group will meet regularly to give each other support and advice. A Writing Lab consultant will chair the group to ensure focused, constructive feedback, and to suggest further resources.

If you are interested in forming or joining a writer’s group, contact us at writinglabmasaryk@gmail.com.

What to expect and how to prepare

What to expect

Your consultant will probably begin by asking you some questions about your writing goals, your writing history, and your writing process. They will probably ask about the assignment or project you're working on, and they will ask you to help set an agenda for the session. You'll have about 45 minutes to work together.

Each session will look different depending on your goals, but if you bring a work in progress, you and your consultant will read sections of your paper together out loud or silently. You might also try out new strategies, develop an outline or generate ideas, or consult resources.

After your consultation is over, we will ask you to offer us some feedback in a short exit questionnaire. Your answers will help us get better at giving you what you need.

You’ll leave each session, we hope, with some clear practical steps forward, and with new perspectives on your work.

How to prepare for a consultation

You will get more out of your consultation if you spend a bit of time thinking about what you need and want from your time with us. Before you come to the Writing Lab, we suggest you re-read your current draft and/or the instructions from your teacher, and consider what you most want to address with the consultant.

Consider your writing goals
What would you like to accomplish? What specific challenges are you experiencing? What questions do you have? If you have a longer paper, which section are you most interested in discussing?

Consider your writing history
What kinds of comments have you received from professors, readers, colleagues, peer reviewers, or others on previous writing? What challenges do you face in writing? What strengths do you have as a writer?

Consider your writing process
Where are you in the process of this particular piece of writing: first draft? Almost finished? When revising, what kinds of feedback and conversation do you find productive? What are your writing habits?

Please bring any relevant materials to the consultation:drafts of your paper (hard copy or clearly visible on a laptop), assignment prompts, your notes, research texts or source material, and of course your ideas and questions. Please don’t bring copies of your work or texts only on a phone - it will be too small and difficult to read.

Contact

Where to find us

Our physical home is Komenského nám. 2 (Building K2), Room 408. 

You can find writing links and daily musings on our Facebook page.

And you can watch previous Writing Gab webinars and more on our YouTube channel

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