I spent a lot of time at AOP (Academic Orientation Program) this week, trying to pitch The Writing Center and its wonderful services to swarms of panicked freshman and their even more panicked parents. I talked to a lot of people who were interested in our services, but I was pretty confused by how frequently people didn’t want to hear my pitch, all saying some variation of, “Oh, I don’t need to know about you guys. I’m a good writer.”
I was shocked to hear this once, but I had person after person, including some parents, who seemed to think that the world is divided into “bad” writers, who use The Writing Center, and “good” writers, who never need any sort of help ever. Not only is this truly, patently false (after all, even the most successful novelists have editors, don’t they?), it just struck me as very sad. It would be terrifying to live in a world that is so high-stakes that the act of asking for help suddenly made me “bad” at something.
The truth is, everyone needs help. “Good” writers need help, not so “good” writers need help (I am uncomfortable saying that anyone who comes to The Writing Center is a “bad” writer, because just thinking about your writing and trying to improve is “good” enough for me. Coming to The Writing Center means you’re putting in effort, so that makes you “good” in my book). I see a lot of clients in the center who I would say are pretty great writers. In fact, a coworker of mine who is getting her PhD in writing recently signed up for an appointment with me. I have been a client at The Writing Center myself. Frequently.
The Writing Center is for everyone, because literally no one is perfect. The Writing Center is a great place to go if you are feeling unsure, if you have questions, or even if you just want to talk to someone about your ideas. I don’t want anyone to feel like coming to The Writing Center means they’re a “bad” writer, because it doesn’t. It just means that they’re a writer. And all writers can use someone to talk to once in a while.
So, whoever you are, come on by. We’d love to help.