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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.

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 résumé 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 the Owens community.

Do I need an appointment?

No. The Writing Center offers each student one session of up to 50 minutes in length per day, and tutors work with students on a walk-in basis only. Additionally, students are welcome to work independently on writing projects at a computer in the Center for up to two hours, depending on computer availability.


The Writing Center offers free, one-to-one assistance to students, faculty, and staff as they strive to improve their writing and critical thinking skills.


The Writing Center provides all writers with a collaborative and supportive atmosphere in which they can develop their skills and make informed decisions about their writing.


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!

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