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Your First Writing Assignment: Where to Start

As writers, it is often difficult to think of how to start. Whether it be an essay or everyone’s favorite, a literacy narrative, there are many ways to get going.

When I am faced with beginning a new writing project I find I have to also start thinking about who my audience is and what will appeal to them on top of what I am trying to say. Who your audience is, and what would appeal to them, can be one of the hardest questions writers have to answer. Luckily, for most of the First Year Writing projects, your audience has been predetermined as your classmates and professor. Unluckily, if this is your first time writing an essay that does not conform to the 5 paragraph format, knowing how to appeal to your classmates and professor can still be very difficult.

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Quick Guide: How to Schedule an Appointment

This Quick Guide will show you, step-by-step, how to schedule an appointment at the Writing Center. One-to-one appointments are the meat of the Writing Center (unless you’re a vegetarian. Then they’re the tofu of the Writing Center). In an appointment, a consultant will help you to improve and strengthen as a writer. Just follow this Quick Guide and you’ll be one step closer to becoming a writing wizard.

1. Go to http://writing.msu.edu/ (oh, hey! You’re here).

2. Click on the happy orange “Schedule an Appointment” icon in the top right side of the home page.

3. Register for the Writing Center scheduling system. Make sure that you fill in all of the required fields (because they are required). I recommend using your MSU email.

Register
4. Log in using the email and password that you just set up. Be sure to read the announcements along the right side of the screen. Sometimes they’re useful.

5. Select the location where you would like to make an appointment in the top center of the screen. Bessey Hall is our primary location, but during the fall and spring semesters we have satellites open in many of the different ‘hoods around campus.

Location
6. Choose an open appointment slot (white boxes) from the calendar that fits into your schedule with the friendly/hip/cool/smarty-pants consultant of your choosing.

Appointment
7. Fill out the appointment form. Make sure that your name is selected from the drop-down menu. Fill out all of the required fields which let us know what you want to work on so we can prepare to help you become a composition champion. Appointments can be up to two hours long in our Main Center, and 30 minutes to an hour in our satellites.

8. When you return to the calendar, your appointment will be highlighted in yellow.

9. You will receive an email confirming your appointment. If you have to edit or delete your appointment, please do so through the Writing Center website.

10. Make sure to show up  on time or else you risk forfeiting your appointment.

All done! You just made your first Writing Center appointment! Go take a victory lap and pat yourself on the back, because you’re a winner!