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Writing Center

Become a Better Writer

The Writing Center at the University of Central Missouri will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to improve your writing. Our consultants will meet you at any stage of the writing process. They’ll assist you in identifying the purpose for your writing, strengthening your skills, enhancing your personal writing style and documenting your sources. Walk in, make an appointment or reach out online. 

 

Your Ideas Matter

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We'll help you get those ideas onto paper

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

 

 

 
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Expert Writers

Our tutors are trained professionals who will help you grow into a confident writer. They’ll provide direction so you gain independence.  Our tutors know a lot about writing, and we're here to help you get your ideas from your mind onto the page. 

Interested in becoming a Writing Center tutor?

If you have good grades in your writing classes and a 3.2 GPA, contact us. 

You don't have to be an English or communications major! Writers from nursing, STEM, and technical fields, as well as multi-lingual writers, are welcome to apply. 

 

What To Expect When You Visit

Plan Your Visit

Appointments: You can make an appointment for a 30-45 minute tutoring session using MyCentral or calling the front desk at 660-525-8972. 

Drop-Ins: You can also drop in any time we're open. If a tutor is available, they will meet with your right away. If all tutors are busy, you may be asked to make an appointment or redirected to the Writing Studio.

The Writing Studio: During peak hours you may visit our Writing Studio for a 15 minute question-answer session. The Writing Studio also has computers, activities you can work on independently, and a tutor on hand to help.

Make The Most Of Your Visit

  • 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 questions you want to ask and what you want help with

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 an e-mail tutoring service that’s ideal if you live off campus or are too busy to get to campus. You can connect with a tutor from any location and submit your paper for help at any stage of the writing process. Just fill out the form below. You will receieve an email with feedback and comments about your paper within 48 hours (excluding weekends). 

FAQ

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 Downand select comment.
  5. 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 writingcenter@ucmo.edu 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. 

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, anything that will help us understand your paper better
Tip: use language from the assignment sheet or rubric
Copy and past a Google Docs link to your paper. Be sure you're share settings allow "anyone from University of Central Missouri to comment"

testimonial

“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.”

 

Contact

Heather Hughes
Coordinator, Writing Center
JCK Library 3160E
Tel: 660-543-8090

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