The Writing Center

Whether you are writing an essay, a research report, a poem, or a lab report, the Writing Center is the place to discuss your writing needs with a Writing Tutor.

Wherever you are in the writing process – planning, drafting, revising, or editing – the Writing Center staff will assist you in developing the skills you need to become an effective and independent writer.

Hours, locations and appointments

Please click this link to see the Writing Center walk-in hours or to make an appointment.

*Please note:  If you need to make an appointment outside the semester schedule or you are not currently enrolled at Owens, please contact

What kind of help is available at the Writing Center?

Check out our handouts below.

Can I get help with writing in any subject?

Yes. The Writing Center assists students with any writing assignment in any subject. For example, we work with students on writing projects for the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Composition
  • Criminal Justice
  • Developmental writing
  • ESL
  • History
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Speech

Writing Tutors can also give you advice about your resume or scholarship essay.

Will someone revise, edit, or proofread my paper?

No. Allowing a tutor to revise, edit, or proofread your work means you give up authorship of your writing and constitutes plagiarism. However, we will offer you individual assistance and teach you the skills you need to engage in effective communication.

What does it cost to use the Writing Center?

Nothing! The resources of the Writing Center are available free of charge to all currently enrolled Owens students.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes and no. We offer walk-in hours – no appointment necessary (to view walk-in hours or to make an appointment – Click Hours, Location, and Appointment Information link at top of page), as well as specific appointment hours. Schedule an appointment this link. >> Appointments must be requested at least 12 hours in advance. Students will receive an automated response in their Owens email.


Here are a few key beliefs of the Writing Center:

  • Addressing the individual needs of writers is the Writing Center’s strength.
  • The writing process, rather than the written product, is the key to successful writing.
  • Text ownership is crucial to the development of writers.
  • Strategies for improvement, rather than correcting, revising, editing, or proofreading for writers, empower writers for the long term.
  • Writers are best served in one-to-one conferences tailored to meet individual needs.
  • Writers learn best when they are allowed to make informed decisions about their writing.
  • Students are the primary focus.
  • Although writing tutors can coach students, instructors are the ultimate authority regarding the merits of their students’ writing.

Writing tutors serve as readers and can assist writers in any discipline. In non-evaluative, non-directive sessions, writing conferences begin with higher order issues (thesis, support, voice, tone, assignment guidelines, and organization) before moving on to lower order issues (sentence structure, usage, grammar, punctuation, and spelling).

Since writing is recursive in nature, improving one’s writing and critical thinking skills takes place over time. As such, multiple visits to The Writing Center are necessary for writers to improve their written communication skills. Writers should come early and often during the writing process!