Consultants are happy to provide help with sentence-level issues such as clarity, grammar, and correct usage, but we do not copy-edit or proofread writers’ drafts. Instead, we ask questions about your writing/revision goals and help you learn ways to meet those goals independently. For example, if you want to focus on improving grammar and punctuation, a UWC consultant may read a portion of your draft, identify main areas to focus on in revision (such as run-on sentences or comma usage), and work with you to practice sample revisions in those areas, using our handbooks and online resources for reference. Our goal is not to “fix” your draft, but to equip you with strategies that you can use to revise the draft yourself and continue using in future writing projects.
If you are interested in hiring an editor, visit our “Hire an Editor” page. We recommend searching Austin Freelancers or the national Editorial Freelancers Association (not affiliated with the UWC). For general guidance on copyediting services, we recommend Professor Wendy Laura Belcher’s overview: how to hire and work with an academic copyeditor.