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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.

Toledo-area Campus

Appointments are available face-to-face or online

September 7 – December 16, 2021

Toledo-area Campus Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Writing Center Location:
Toledo Campus – Founders Hall Room 1123

Toledo Campus Walk-in Tutoring Hours – No appointment necessary
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays
4 – 6 p.m. Tuesdays
4:30 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays

No holiday appointments: September 6 (Closed for Labor Day), November 11 (Closed for Veterans Day), November 24, 25, 26, 27 (Closed for Thanksgiving)

To make an appointment: Students can make an appointment here >>

Writing Center help:
annette_staunton@owens.edu or (567) 661-7034

eTutoring

September 7 – December 10
https://etutoring.ohiolink.edu/ (Must use Owens email to sign up)

We offer online eTutoring as an extension of our on-campus resources.  Owens Community College is part of the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative. Owens students can obtain free online tutoring assistance in Writing and a number of other subject areas.

Findlay-area Campus

Appointments are available face-to-face or online

September 7 – December 16, 2021

Findlay-area Campus Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Writing Center Location:
Findlay Campus – Education Center Room 149

Findlay Campus Walk-in Tutoring Hours – No appointment necessary
Noon – 4 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays

No holiday appointments: September 6 (Closed for Labor Day), November 11 (Closed for Veterans Day), November 24, 25, 26, 27 (Closed for Thanksgiving)

To make an appointment: Students can make an appointment here >>

Writing Center help:
annette_staunton@owens.edu or (567) 661-7034

eTutoring

September 7 – December 10
https://etutoring.ohiolink.edu/ (Must use Owens email to sign up)

We offer online eTutoring as an extension of our on-campus resources. Owens Community College is part of the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative. Owens students can obtain free online tutoring assistance in Writing and a number of other subject areas.

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 (hours available on the Writing Center website), 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.

Philosophy

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!