Workshop Tutorial

Workshop Tutorial (WT) is a series of tutorial sessions designed to support your work in Workshop in Composition (WC). It is a two-credit course offered under the course number ENGCMP 0151, and is available only to students who are registered for either ENGCMP 0150 Workshop in Composition or ENGCMP 0152 Workshop in Composition: English as a Second Language.

WT is taken concurrently with Workshop in Composition, which means you must be registered for WC the same term that you take WT. The grading for WT is satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). This grade is separate from the grade you receive for Workshop in Composition.

WT is taught by faculty consultants in the Writing Center—often by faculty who also teach writing courses in the English Department. Throughout the term, your WT consultant will communicate with your WC teacher to better support your progress in WC. Your consultant will only assist with writing associated with Workshop in Composition.

WT sessions are in person this semester. Plan to meet with your consultant on the third floor of the O’Hara Student Center. You will meet once a week throughout the semester, on the same day and at the same time. These weekly sessions are 50 minutes long.    

Once you have been matched with a consultant, the consultant will contact you to introduce themselves and tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your first session. Most of what goes on in WT sessions will be determined by your specific needs. These sessions will be most productive if you have a good idea of what you want and need to work on that week. Be prepared to take an active role in your WT sessions.

Be sure to bring your laptop or other word-processing/computing device to your sessions. You will need to have easy access to your course materials at every session. This includes your schedule of assignments, course description, assigned readings, writing prompts, etc. You and your consultant will need to look at these materials together.    

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is essential and being prepared to work on your writing is crucial. If you must be absent, you are responsible for cancelling your appointment ahead of time and for scheduling a makeup session in the Writing Center with your consultant. Students who don’t show up for appointments will lose their standing WT appointment and their ability to make appointments. After that, they will have to drop in to see if a consultant is available. Attendance policies will be discussed at your first appointment.

  • Generally, more than 3 absences by the end of the semester results in no-credit.  
  • We will begin taking attendance the week of September 6.
  • Please arrive promptly; your consultant has the right to cancel the session if you are more than 15 minutes late.

The Writing Center is committed to affirming and supporting diverse perspectives, identities, and abilities, and to providing a safe environment for all who choose to use our services.  

The Writing Center follows all University health protocols; please see coronavirus.pitt.edu for the latest health updates and masking protocols. 

If you have a disability that requires extra support, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union at 412-648-7890 or at www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/drs/ as early as possible for assistance in achieving your academic goals.