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Writing Center

** Remote Office Alert **

To promote community safety, Learning Commons services will be available exclusively online for Summer 2020. During this time:

  1. All 1-on-1 tutoring will be provided via Zoom. You are not required to download software unless you are using a tablet or a phone.  (iOS, Android)
  2. Summer hours: Monday through Thursday, 12:00-4:00 pm.
  3. Summer sessions are available by drop-in only. See details below.
  4. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is available throughout the summer. See details below.

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The UCM Writing Center provides the following services:

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1-on-1 Writing Assistance

Speak directly with a tutor about your writing. Online consultations through Zoom available Monday through Thursday, noon-4pm. 

Click here for drop-in link


Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Submit your paper online from anywhere. Receive specific feedback from a tutor within a couple of days.

Scroll down to OWL form


Students Helping Students Write Better

The UCM Writing Center is here to help! Our staff is entirely comprised of UCM students, all with the same goal - to help students at any part of the writing process. Whether you need help getting started, getting focused, or getting finished, we are available and excited to help.


Your Ideas Matter

three students working at a computer 

The Writing Center, located at JCKL 3160 in the Learning Commons, is a comfortable and supportive space for you to explore ideas, talk about your writing, get some work done, and improve your writing skills.

  • Understand your assignment
  • Turn your ideas into a plan
  • Write a thesis statement
  • Reorganize your essay
  • Finish a half-finished draft
  • Polish up your grammar
  • Check MLA & APA formatting
  • Cite your sources correctly
  • Stay on topic
  • Improve organization & flow

Make The Most Of Your Visit

While we are eager to help you strengthen your writing, we are firm believers that the best indicator of a writer's success is how much effort they put into it. This includes tutoring sessions. Here are some steps to take to increase the usefulness you'll get out of your visit with the Writing Center:

  • Bring a copy of your assignment sheet or rubric
  • Bring any notes or outlines you've made
  • If you're responding to a book or article, bring that along
  • Bring a copy of your paper (if you've started). A printed, double spaced copy is easiest for us, but we'll look at handwritten papers or papers on your laptop too
  • Think about specific parts of your writing where you want a fresh perspective and ask questions about them


How It Works

You'll sit down at a table with one of our writing tutors. They'll ask you some questions to get a sense of what you're working on. Then they'll read your paper. As they read, they'll ask more questions and help you begin revising/editing your paper. Our tutors have 3 goals:

  • To invite you to talk about & think about your writing
  • To offer suggestions on how to improve
  • To get you started making changes to your writing

In other words, you won't just sit and listen. You'll talk about your ideas, ask questions, and probably do some writing too. Most tutoring sessions last 20-45 minutes.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)

How It Works

Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a virtual tutoring service that’s ideal if you are not able to easily come to campus or connect with the Writing Center during its open hours. You can submit your paper at any time of day for help at any stage of the writing process. A live Writing Center tutor will read your paper and respond quickly. Just fill out the form below.

You will receive an email with feedback and comments about your paper within 48 hours (excluding non-business days). Please only submit 1 paper per day.

How do I send a link to my Google Doc? You can send other people a link to your file so anyone with the link can use it. When you share a link to a file, your name will be visible as the owner of the file.

  1. Open your Google Doc
  2. Click the blue share button at the top right
  3. At the top right, click Get shareable link.
  4. Next to "Anyone at the University of Central Missouri with the link," click the Down arrow and select comment.
  5. Learn more about how others view, comment, or edit files.
  6. Copy and paste the link into the OWL submission form

I don't use Google Docs, can I still submit my paper? Yes! Complete the form so we have all your information. Then email a copy of your paper. Put "Missing paper" in the subject line.

Can I ask questions about the feedback I received? Yes! If you have questions or comments about the feedback we left on your paper, either reply to the comment in Google or reply to the email. 

Why didn't you leave comments on my entire paper? Our tutors work on each paper for 30-45 minutes, so they may not have had time to read and comment on every page of a long paper. However, we promise we read the whole thing and left suggestions you can apply to the whole paper. Additionally, we want you to be the chief architect of your writing, so we will not attempt to fix every little mistake.

Can I submit multiple papers at a time? Please only submit 1 paper per day. 

Submit Your Paper Now

Online Writing Lab Submission Form

Select 2 or 3
Parts of the paper that need attention, where you're at in the writing process, or anything that will help us understand your paper better
Tip: use language from the assignment sheet or rubric
Copy and paste a Google Docs link to your paper. NOTE: Be sure your share settings allow "anyone from University of Central Missouri to comment"


“The Writing Center is awesome: when I get here I am greeted with great smiles and asked what they could help me [with] today. I have problems with my writing, and the staff will ask how I would like to rewrite the sentence and explain how I could make it better. If there were no Writing Center, I think I would have been miserable because I have questions and when I visit, I can get help and have less stress.”



Andrew Jinkens, M.Ed.
Coordinator, Writing Center
JCK Library 3160F
Tel: 660-543-8090



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