About Sessions


About Sessions

  • All sessions at the Center for Writing are one hour in length.
  • Be sure to bring all of the materials related to the project you’re working on, including textbooks, drafts, rough notes, and so forth.
  • You may sign up for a one-time session to work with a writing associate on an as-needed basis. Your professor may also ask you (or all students in your class) to sign up for a session in the course of working on a project.
  • You may also sign up for ongoing sessions. A student enrolled in ongoing sessions meets with the same associate at the same time every week. 


If there are no sessions available, you may sign up for our wait list: sign on to WC Online, click the clock icon for the desired day, and click the ‘Add To Waiting List’ button. You will be notified by email (or text message, if you choose) when an opening becomes available.

You can also check in (at the writing center or online) at 10 minutes after the hour. (Cancelled sessions are re-opened for  new appointments at 10 minutes after each hour.)


  • You are entitled to a report on each session you attend at the Center for Writing.
  • Each report summarizes what happens during your session.
  • Reports go to you and to your professor via email. (You see what your professor sees.)
  • If you are required to attend sessions, your professor automatically gets a report.
  •  If you are not required to attend a session by a professor, reporting is optional.


  • Please note that all students must cancel appointments at least 24 hours in advance.
  • No-show students may be prevented from making further appointments.
  • Ongoing students who fail to cancel in advance, or who cancel repeatedly, will lose their sessions.


To sign up for a one-time session:

Click on MAKE AN APPOINTMENT and follow the sign-up instructions.

You may also walk into the writing center to sign up for a session.

It’s a good idea to plan in advance to make sure you find a space that works for you!

Rules for one-time sessions:

  • You are allowed to attend a maximum of two sessions per week.
  • If you aren’t going to make it to your session, please be sure to cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
  • If you fail to cancel your sessions in advance, you may be blocked from making more appointments!


To sign up for ongoing sessions:

To sign up for weekly ongoing sessions, please drop by the Center to speak with us. Students cannot sign up for ongoing sessions online.

Ongoing sessions may focus on class work, on an ongoing project (artwork, grant applications, etc) or on particular issues or areas of writing or speech in general—for example:

  • reading strategies
  • approaches to writing; overcoming “writer’s block” and writer’s panic
  • grammar and syntax
  • ESL issues, learning disabilities and other challenges
  • writing in stages: prewriting, structuring, beginning, editing
  • arguments, structure and logic

Most students self-refer for ongoing sessions. Your professor may also recommend or require that you attend sessions.

When you attend ongoing sessions, you decide what you will work on, in consultation with your writing associate.

Rules for ongoing sessions:

  • Our agreement with you is that we will ensure your space is available to you every week.
  • In exchange, you agree to attend each of your sessions, on time, prepared to work.
  • You are expected to attend your sessions even if you have no specific project to work on.
  •  If you aren’t going to make it to your session, be sure to cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
  • If you repeatedly cancel your ongoing appointments, or if you fail to cancel your sessions in advance, you will no longer be allowed to maintain ongoing sessions.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.