Workshop Tutorial

Workshop Tutorial (WT) is a series of tutorial sessions designed to help students with their writing in Workshop in Composition (WC). It is a two-credit course offered under the course number ENGCMP 0151, and it 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.

If you are registered for WT, it is important that you stop by the Writing Center during the first week of classes in order to make your appointments for the rest of the term.

WT is taught by faculty consultants in the Writing Center. You will meet with your assigned WT consultant in weekly individual appointments for an hour a week at the Writing Center. 

Most of what goes on in WT sessions is determined by the specific needs of each student writer. You can expect WT to support your work on the goals of Workshop in Composition. Your WT consultant will stay in touch with your WC teacher throughout the term to determine how your WT sessions can most effectively support your work in Workshop in Composition.

You and your consultant will discuss the specific reading and writing assignments of your Workshop in Composition section, so it is important to bring your WC materials with you when you come to the Writing Center.

WT is taken concurrently with Workshop in Composition (this means that you have to be registered for WC the same term you take WT). The grading for WT is satisfactory/no credit (S/NC).

If you want more time at the Writing Center, you are welcome to make an additional appointment at any time.


  1. Attendance is essential, and being prepared to work on your writing is crucial. Any absence is detrimental to your progress. 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.
  2. You will need to buy A Pocket Style Manual (6th edition) by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers (available at the University Store) and bring it to WT sessions.
  3. You will also need to bring your Workshop in Composition essays and handouts to every WT meeting. Please buy a folder for WT and bring it with you.
  4. When you turn in an assignment to your Workshop in Composition teacher, you must give a copy to your WT consultant. When you get your writing back from your Workshop in Composition teacher with comments, you should share those comments with your WT consultant as well. The essays you write for Workshop in Composition will be what you work on in WT.

Grade for WT

Because WT is designed to support your work in Workshop in Composition, your grade in WT is linked to how you do in WC. If you need to take Workshop in Composition again, you will also need to re-take WT. In this situation, you will be given a No Credit grade for the WT. If you pass WC and attended WT regularly and completed the work required of you by your consultant, you will receive a Satisfactory grade in WT.

Special Needs

If you have a disability for which you are requesting an accommodation, speak with both your WT consultant and the Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS) as early as possible in the term. You can call them at (412) 648-7890 or (412) 383-7355 (TTY) and you can visit their office at 216 William Pitt Union. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.