Three Drafts Policy for Writing Assignments:

This means that for each essay, you will need to present two drafts before submitting your final draft. You will receive feedback from me on your first draft and from your peers on the second draft. The final draft should include your revisions based on these comments. Comments on the first draft will focus on the argument and organization of the essay. The expectation is that the second draft will demonstrate a substantial improvement based on these comments, develop a solid argument and be well organized, so that peer review comments on the second draft will focus mostly more on language and mechanics. Your final draft is expected to meet all requirements of a college paper, including argument, structure, language, citation, and the mechanics, such as grammar and spelling. Each essay receives two letter grades: one for the final draft and the other for the quality of the revisions from the first to final draft. For a useful guide on how to structure an argumentative paper, click here (this structure is explained in details here).

Resources on Writing:

The “Writing Resources” page of our course website has a list of recommended resources to help you accomplish this writing assignment successfully and become better writers.

For additional resources, please check out the Writing Center’s website:

Please note that the Writing Center also provides a wide range of services to help you become better writers. The Writing Center moved from Roberts Hall to the newly refurbished—and very beautiful—Carnegie Building! In addition, their satellite offices in Vedder 5 and Bertrand Library 124 have closed and been replaced with a new satellite (evening only) office in Bertrand Library 325.

To make an appointment in Carnegie or the Library, please call 570.577.3141 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

Daytime Hours and Locations:

Carnegie Building, Room 114:  Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (closed from noon – 1)

Evening Hours and Locations:

Carnegie Building, Room 110: Sun-Thurs, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Bertrand Library 325: Sun – Thurs, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM