The Writing Center is a place for all students to get free assistance with their writing.
Our goal is to coach you through the writing process, help you to strengthen your
writing, and give you the steps to become your own best editor. We do this primarily
by talking to you in a one-on-one session or by sending you written feedback. When
we meet with you, we want to know what your writing goals are, and together, we will
determine the next steps for our time together.
Our mission is to help you navigate the complicated landscape of academic writing.
We cannot guarantee an error-free paper or that you will receive a perfect grade after
working with us; however, we can guarantee that we will stay present, listen with
respect, and respond with compassion while working with you. Our Writing Assistants
are successful student writers who have been trained to provide writing feedback.
By offering you individualized writing support, we can help you to identify what is
already working well in your writing, as well as what needs more attention. As you
practice new skills and refine your writing process, we are here to be your cheerleaders,
guides, and allies.
While Oregon is operating under Stay-at-Home orders, all of our services will be available
online through Zoom and the Online Writing Lab. Once we are back to normal, we plan
to maintain Zoom appointments as an option in addition to our regular in-person sessions.
Different Ways to Use the Writing Center
Using the link on our main page, you can drop-in to the Writing Center through Zoom.
This is a good option if you have a quick question, don’t want to wait to schedule
an appointment, don’t see your preferred appointment time available, or just prefer
to use drop-in.
When you first click the link to join our drop-in meeting, you will need to wait for
us to let you in. When a window pops up, this isn’t a mistake, and it doesn’t necessarily
mean that we are busy. It just means that we need to click a button that will allow
you to join. If we don’t let you in right away, please be patient. Also, please know
that we are excited to see you, and we look forward to working with you!
Our drop-in hours are 8 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am-5 pm on Friday, and 11 am-4
pm on Saturday.
If you would prefer to submit your writing to us and receive written feedback rather
than having a face-to-face conversation, you can submit your writing to us online
and receive feedback within 48 business hours. You will need to submit your work through
a Google Form and answer a few questions for us so we understand what you are working
on. When we are done giving feedback, we will share your writing back to you as a
Google Doc, so be sure to keep an eye on your student email for our response.
This is a nice option for anyone who feels a bit shy, doesn’t have the time to meet
with us, doesn’t have the ability to use Zoom, or anyone who simply prefers written
feedback instead of a conversation. You can also use a combination of our services
for the same project; maybe it works better to have a brainstorming session with us
through Zoom, but then later when you’re polishing a final draft, it might make more
sense to use the OWL. Whatever your reasoning, you can receive the same quality and
type of feedback through the OWL that you are able to receive through a conversation
Please be aware that Writing Assistants may not receive your submission until Monday
if you submit on the weekend. We do not limit the number of times you can submit papers
to the OWL.
If you want to plan ahead and protect your time, you can make a 45-minute Zoom appointment
with a Writing Assistant through TutorTrac. To attend your appointment, log in to
TutorTrac. You will see a link to your Zoom meeting under "Upcoming Appointments."
Please note that this link does not appear until about 10 minutes before your appointment
You are limited to 1 appointment per day and 3 per week. If you would like to meet
with us more frequently, you can also use our drop-in service and the Online Writing
Lab in addition to scheduled appointments.
We also offer a collection of links, handouts, and resources for you to use as you
learn more about writing. We have created some of these resources from scratch, while
others are simply links to other websites that we think are exceptional. If there
is a particular type of resource that you would like to see added to our website,
please let us know and we can work on creating it for you.