Writing and Communication Center
The Writing and Communication Center (WCC) offers free individual consultations on all types of written and spoken communication. The WCC's lecturers help MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, alums, staff, spouses and partners from every department and discipline at MIT. The WCC is staffed entirely by communication experts: all are published writers and scholars; all have advanced degrees; all have college classroom teaching experience; all have taught in the WCC for a minimum of six years (the average is 18+ years). They can help at any stage of the writing process, from getting an idea to polishing a piece for publication. They give advice about oral presentations, including conference presentations and job talks. They run practice sessions for those talks. The WCC's professional communication experts strategize with individuals to: deepen their content; expand the implications of their data, research, and ideas; analyze the conventions of their academic, technical, or professional disciplines and genres; tailor their messages and organization to different audiences; and craft their style to maximize rhetorical effect. The WCC helps with theses, dissertations, articles for publication, books, proposals of all kinds, conference papers and talks, slide design, papers for all courses, CVs, Research and Teaching Statements, and any job materials. The WCC has experts in teaching students whose first or strongest language is not English. They help with writing, pronunciation, speaking, and understanding American culture. In addition, the WCC runs support groups for thesis writers and postdocs as well as periodic workshops for various departments. Appointments are made online.