As a fourth observation, I attended a tutoring session at the community writing center with one of our science fiction writers.
The tutor was going over a preview of the story with the writer. The way that the tutor conducted the session was professional. What stood out excellently in my opinion is the tutor’s self confidence about the genre. Science fiction concepts are endless and too many, the tutor referred to a number of other book writers to find the answer to questions the writer was asking himself. Although, no direct answers were provided and the writer was given the chance to write his story about each concept.
In addition, the tutor did a very good job in giving hints to the writer to guide him to the way he really wanted to write and it was helpful especially when the tutor gave real examples of better known authors. Giving practical examples was a great way to remind the writer of the concepts unlike just doing a free write or studying the genre.
A further step to improve this session I think was to compliment the writer on telling a good story. He answered most of the questions and was given full attention by the tutor, plus there was positive feedback on his performance, which all tutees like to hear.