Schedule notice

All hours and call times on this page are for the fall and spring semesters. Please refer to the Writing Center home page for winter and summer office information.

The Writing Center provides one-on-one consultations during the semester, both in-person and online via Zoom video meetings. For information and instruction about online Zoom consultations, visit our online consultation page. We’ll gladly help with whatever concerns or questions you have, no matter what stage your project is in.

Students active in Navigate are allowed one (1) appointment per day up to three (3) days a week. Our call hours for questions or scheduling are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Please use our main phone line, (804) 828-4851, during these hours. For questions or concerns outside of those hours, please reach out to, but be aware we are unable to schedule appointments through email.

Appointment times

We schedule our appointments in hour-long blocks, but your actual appointment time will be 45 minutes. We made this change to ensure we have time to disinfect our space between consultations and still see all students on time.

How to prepare

Come ready. Bring an online copy of guidelines or materials related to your project, along with any questions and concerns. You don’t have to bring a complete draft. Making an appointment just to clarify an assignment or generate ideas is fine and even encouraged. Be sure to download any documents that you want to share in the meeting beforehand!

Come early. If you come too close to your assignment’s due date, you might not have time to make all the revisions you’d like. Plus, this leaves time for you to come back for additional feedback at later stages.

Come ready to talk. You’ll accomplish the most when the session is a dialogue rather than a lecture. We won’t just edit your paper for you; we’ll work out ways to make it awesome together.

What to expect

Though we have some updated procedures and protocols, you can still expect the same VCU Writing Center experience. Consultations will be one-on-one and focused on your specific concerns and goals. Using all the tools at our disposal, your consultant will collaborate with you to make you a more confident writer.

During your session, you might brainstorm to find a strong topic driven by your interests and passions. Or you might create an outline, sorting through your ideas to figure out how they fit together. Maybe you’ll want to read through your first draft and talk about transitions, organization or tone. Or you might work together to polish your final draft.

We are happy to schedule appointments for any stage of your writing process. You don’t have to have anything written to use our services. You can have a consultation just to brainstorm ideas and find your best starting points.

  • Consultations will be 45 minutes long.
  • Running a little late? After 20 minutes, your appointment will be marked as a no-show and you will need to reschedule.
  • Be sure to call the Writing Center front desk at (804) 828-4851 if you need help or to reschedule your appointment.

At this time, the VCU Writing Center will be offering a limited amount of drop-in availability. These appointments are available only during our in-person hours and cannot be booked in advance. Due to this, we prefer that you schedule your appointments in Navigate or by phone to ensure that you are seen at an ideal date and time for your schedule. If you are unable to plan for an appointment ahead of time, you are welcome to stop by the Writing Center at room 4203 on the 4th floor of 1000 Floyd Avenue to attempt to signup for a drop-in appointment.

Please be advised, there may be long waits for drop-in appointments or no drop-in availability at all depending on the demands and circumstances of the Writing Center schedule. You must be physically present at the VCU Writing Center in order to be seen (please ignore the option to self check-in online via Navigate, that is a technical error because you have to check-in with our front desk worker in order to get your name on the drop-in list).

How to schedule

During this time, we prefer students schedule appointments remotely online or over the phone. To make an appointment online, please visit Navigate, our self-scheduling appointment system. Please note that Navigate has updated its clickthrough patterns for scheduling. For more information, please use our online guide for step-by-step instructions.

Be sure to select the accurate service that correlates to your preferred modality and class standing when self-scheduling.

  • In-person for an on campus session in our physical location
  • Online for a virtual session via Zoom
  • UGrad if you are an undergraduate student
  • Grad if you are a graduate student
  • ELP if you are in the English Language Program
  • Post-doc if you are in the VCU Postdoctoral Fellow Program

You must include your VCU email address in the Appointment Details in order for your appointment to be scheduled.

You may also call the Writing Center front desk at (804) 828-4851 to speak to a shift leader who can help you set up an appointment.

Working on a long-term project or need more than one appointment?

  • You can schedule one (1) appointment per day. Sometimes our scheduling service, Navigate, will allow students to book more than one appointment per day. However, this is a program error, and the later appointment in the day will be automatically canceled.
  • You can schedule up to three (3) appointments per week.
  • You can schedule appointments as far in advance as you want, up through the end of the semester. 

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Like many offices on campus, the VCU Writing Center uses Navigate for all scheduling needs. In order to make an appointment for our services, you must be an active user in Navigate. A variety of factors play into your status in Navigate, so please contact our Coordinator, Jess Rogers (, if you have any difficulties scheduling an appointment and need to discuss Navigate access questions. Please note that recently graduated alumni may utilize Writing Center services for the duration of their Navigate access.

The VCU Writing Center relies on the functionality of Navigate to maintain and conduct appointments. In times of weather emergencies or technical difficulties, you may be contacted to reschedule your appointment.