How to Use the Writing Center

This step-by-step guide will show you how to use the Writing Center online scheduler for both face-to-face and online writing consultations. 

1.  Create an account for the Writing Center.

The first time you use the Writing Center appointment software, follow the link to register for an account.

Writing center login page with new user registration link highlighted.

2. Select an available timeslot.

Click on a white square on the schedule to select a timeslot and make your appointment. All appointment times are displayed in Central Standard Time.

 Scheduler screen indicating available appointment.

3. Fill in the appointment request.

Select Face-to-faceOnline, or eTutoring for your appointment.

Face-to-face appointments take place in the Writing Center (LRC 131, in the Library) and are strongly recommended for on-campus students. (When public health recommendations require the observation of social distancing, this option will be unavailable.)

Online appointments normally take place in the Writing Center chat room or via Zoom. If you prefer to meet in Zoom, you may request this when making your appointment by noting it in the "Other concerns we can help with" box.

eTutoring appointments are available for those who cannot meet during regular writing center hours or do not have reliable enough internet access to interact with their writing center consultant in real time. If you select eTutoring, you will not receive a chat room link, but your consultant will review your draft during your scheduled block of time and send you feedback and recommendations by email. If you are able, we recommend selecting online rather than eTutoring for your appointment.

4. Attach documents to your appointment.

At the bottom of your appointment request window, there is a space to upload file attachments. If you do not have your draft ready at the time you make your appointment, you can come back later and edit your appointment to add files. Uploading a copy of the assignment description and your assignment draft is required for eTutoring appointments and strongly recommended for face-to-face or online appointments. You will have a more effective consultation if your consultant has the opportunity to look over your documents in advance. 

Screenshot of the file upload dialog for Writing Center appointments 

5. Come to your appointment.

If you registered for a face-to-face appointment, come to LRC 131 (in the Library) at the appointed time. Bring your draft and assignment description.

If you registered for an eTutoring appointment, you can expect to hear back from your consultant by email after your scheduled appointment time has ended. A chat room link is not available for email consultations.

If you registered for an online appointment, either use the link on your reminder email or log back in to your Writing Center account a few minutes before your appointment time. Click on your timeslot on the schedule display to open your appointment form. Next click the red words “Start or Join Online Consultation” to enter the chat room. 

Screenshot of appointment form showing link to enter online chat room.

In the chat room, your consultant may provide a Zoom link for you so that you can talk about the draft. You may also share a link to your document (using Office 365 is preferred). You can conduct your entire session within Zoom.

Or, if you stay in the WC chat room, you’ll be able to upload or copy and paste paragraphs of your writing into the document collaboration whiteboard so that you and your consultant can view and interact with it together. The text chat on the right side of screen gives you a place to have a conversation with your writing consultant about how to strengthen your writing.

Screenshot of the writing center chat room for online consultations.

6. Receive your client report.

After your appointment, you will receive an email from your consultant with recommendations for further revision.

7. Complete the student satisfaction survey.

You will also receive a link by email inviting you to complete a survey about your experience with the writing center. Please let us know your thoughts; it helps us improve our service.

8. Repeat!

We encourage students to schedule an appointment well before assignments are due so that we can help you with multiple drafts of a document in process.