To promote community safety, Learning Commons services will be available exclusively online for Summer 2020. During this time:
1-on-1 Writing Assistance
Speak directly with a tutor about your writing. Online consultations through Zoom available Monday through Thursday, noon-4pm.
Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Submit your paper online from anywhere. Receive specific feedback from a tutor within a couple of days.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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) 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.
I don't use Google Docs, can I still submit my paper? Yes! Complete the form so we have all your information. Then email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“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.”