Online consultations

Our online consultation service is a great way to have a conversation about your writing or research project if you can’t make it to the Writing Center.

We’re happy to schedule online consultations for any stage of your writing process. You don’t have to have anything written to use this service. You can have an online consultation just to brainstorm ideas and find your best starting points.

How to schedule

We need at least an hour’s advance notice for online appointments. You must have a stable internet connection and a working webcam and microphone to participate. Sign up for a free Skype account if you don’t already have one.

At least an hour before your scheduled appointment time, email any project documentation to and Include your Skype username so we can call you at your scheduled time.

To schedule your consultation, please visit our self-scheduling appointment system, call (804) 828-4851 or stop by our reception desk. Make sure to specify that you want an online appointment.

What to expect

In our online sessions, we aim to preserve the conversational nature of traditional writing consultations. Skype makes an online consultation as much like an in-person appointment as possible. Online consultations may take a little longer and be a bit slower paced if there are any technical difficulties.

Since this is a face-to-face, real-time exchange, both the consultant and the writer will participate. So expect to hold up your end of the conversation.

The Writing Center does not offer online editing and proofreading services. Online consultations are, however, great for further developing your ideas and discussing organization.

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