Writing Support

We work with all levels of writers and projects, including reports; résumés and cover letters; admission essays and personal statements; summaries, critical analyses, and literature reviews; research and term papers; theses and dissertations; and more. We currently offer three services: the Writing Center Online Writing Center, and NetTutor. Please choose the service you want by clicking on the yellow box to the right. For more information about each service and instructions to access each service, please expand the menus below.

Our Services

The Writing Center helps students with any stage of the writing process: assignment discussion, brainstorming, outlining, thesis creation and development, argumentation, draft revision, and citation. Writing Center appointments are available in person in the Reeg Academic Resource Center (Loretto Hall Room 40 on the Webster Groves campus) or face-to-face via Zoom. Students at the Webster Groves campus as well as outside of the St. Louis area are invited to use the Virtual Writing Center.

Use our online scheduler to set a writing appointment. You will need to register for an account if you do not already have one. Select your preferred time by clicking on the appropriate white box and then save the appointment. Please note that all times listed are in Central Standard Time. Scroll down to the bottom of the appointment window, and be sure to attach your draft and any files that will help your Coach provide you with focused feedback.

At the time of your appointment, if you are attending an in-person meeting, please join us in the Reeg ARC. If you are attending a Zoom meeting for your appointment, please expand the “Writing Center Schedule” option below and look for your Coach’s Zoom room. You will connect with your Coach at the starting time of your appointment. If any connection issues arise, please contact writing@webster.edu.

How to Schedule An Appointment

We believe we will better assist you as "coaches" than as proofreaders or editors of your work. In your session, a Writing Coach will:

  • Ask questions about the assignment and your paper.
  • Read your paper.
  • Comment on global issues (focus, development, organization, logic, clarity).
  • Help you determine where you might tighten and polish your prose.
  • Discuss documentation, citation conventions, and tips on using online citation resources.
  • Point out patterns of mechanical and grammatical problems and provide suggestions on how you can learn to recognize and correct them.
  • Optional: a Writing Coach can send a message to your instructor informing him/her that you have used our services. A student-initiated Writing Center confirmation abides by FERPA laws and does not include detailed information about what transpired in a session.

What Writing Coaches cannot do:

  • Proofread for grammar or line-by-line editing.
  • Work on question and answer or bullet-point style documents — this format often requires proofreading and editing.
  • Read your original sources to confirm your reading comprehension.
  • Work on quizzes, tests, midterms, or exams.

-Note: Students will meet with the Writing Coach at the scheduled appointment time (Central Standard Time). Writing support is available either in-person in the Reeg Academic Resource Center or virtually through Zoom (room information next to tutor's name). Students should first schedule a writing appointment. Students can also use NetTutor for writing support. Just select the NetTutor link in any WorldClassRoom (Canvas) course shell. If you have any questions about writing support, please email writing@webster.edu.

Summer 2022

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE, ALL TIMES LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE ARE IN CENTRAL STANDARD TIME (CST).

Monday

Time Writing Coach
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Maria (Zoom Room)

Tuesday

Time Writing Coach
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Maria (Zoom Room)

Wednesday

Time Writing Coach
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Maria (Zoom Room)

Thursday

Time Writing Coach
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Maria (Zoom Room)

Friday

Time Writing Coach
   

 

The Online Writing Center (OWC) is devoted to helping students become better, more confident writers. Our OWC coaches look at assignments primarily to provide advice on global issues (focus, development, organization, etc.). We mark some problems with style and conventions (grammar, formatting, spelling), but the OWC is not a proofreading or line-editing service. Especially on longer papers, we will mark only the first few pages for style and conventions and otherwise focus on content-based areas. With these marks, we attempt to draw your attention to patterns in your writing that have room for improvement. We help you gain the tools and skills to figure out the precise nature of problem areas and to make decisions about how you want to revise those areas. Our coaching staff consists of master's degree-level writing professionals.

Who Qualifies for Online Writing Support?

Online writing support is available to all Webster University students, alumni, faculty, and staff at all campuses in the U.S. or across the globe. However, undergraduate students at the Webster Groves campus are encouraged to visit the Writing Center. Contact the Writing Center at 314-246-8644 or make an appointment.

Note to Instructors

When you urge or require an entire class to submit their papers to the OWC, please communicate this to us with as much advance notice as possible so that we can allocate resources to meet your needs. Contact us with the number of students in the class, the due date for the assignment and any additional information (such as the assignment prompt) that will allow us to better assist your students and to fulfill your expectations.

What is the Turnaround Time?

You can expect to receive your paper back in two to three business days from confirmation that your submission has been received. During peak times such as the weeks surrounding midterms and finals, that turnaround time is slightly longer, around four to five business days. Papers are processed by the OWC Staff Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so submissions sent in the evening or over the weekend will not be processed until the following business day. Please keep this in mind when submitting your paper for review to ensure that you will receive feedback before your deadlines or due dates.

Submitting a Paper for Online Help

Webster's Online Writing Center operates via asynchronous email transactions facilitated by a Qualtrics submission survey. To send us your assignment, you must fill out the online submission form which can be accessed the following ways:

  1. Go directly to our form.
  2. Submit through WorldClassRoom. WorldClassRoom contains a variety of resources that can help you in not only writing but also other academic areas. After you select the Help menu, you can click on the Writing Assistance link.

How to Submit Paper Online

How to Submit Paper Online

The submission form must be filled out each time you wish to send a project to the OWC as it provides our Writing Coaches with important information about you as a student and your assignment to ensure that we can best meet your and your instructor’s needs for the project. Additionally, this information and a new form needs to be provided for each submission we review, either for a separate assignment or for a later draft.

Submitting Longer Papers/Projects

Please be aware that the OWC will need additional time and processing procedures for longer papers or projects (more than 10 pages). One coaching session will accommodate approximately 7-10 pages, so longer projects should be sent in segments. We recommend that you save your document in separate files of 7-10 pages each and complete a new submission form for each. Please submit one form at a time and wait for the first submission to be returned before submitting the next. If you submit a file of more than 10 pages, please be aware that your assigned Writing Coach will only respond to the first 7-10 pages, depending on the scope of the project and the time of the semester.

The Coaching Session at a Glance

One you submit a paper to the OWC, you will be sent an email from us confirming that your paper was received. Your paper will then be assigned to one of our Writing Coaches, who will do the following:

  • Read your paper.
  • Comment on global issues (focus, development, organization, etc.).
  • Mark selected areas for style and convention problems, as needed.
  • Make suggestions regarding documentation, citation conventions, and tips for using online citation resources.
  • Draw attention to and ask questions about assignment guidelines.
  • Make suggestions using the comment function of Microsoft Word.
  • Provide advice for further steps, either for that assignment or for future projects.
  • Return your paper with those marks via email.
  • Optional: a Writing Coach can send a message to your instructor informing them that you have used our services. A student-initiated Writing Center confirmation abides by FERPA laws and does not include detailed information about what transpired in a session.

What Writing Coaches cannot do:

  • Proofread for grammar or line-by-line editing.
  • Work on question and answer or bullet-point style documents — this format often requires proofreading and editing.
  • Read your original sources to confirm your reading comprehension.
  • Work on quizzes, tests, midterms, or exams.

Upon receipt of the paper, you may do any of the following:

  • Ask your Writing Coach to clarify any suggestions they made on your paper via email (writing@webster.edu).
  • Revise the paper and resubmit it by completing a new submission form (please be aware of due dates and our turnaround time).
  • Revise the paper and submit it to your instructor.

Using Turnitin

The OWC submission process does not include submitting papers through Turnitin. For questions or concerns about course access to Turnitin, please consult your instructor. For general Turnitin questions, contact Assistant Director Carolyn I. Brown, PhD, at 314-246-7668 or carolynbrown04@webster.edu.

Further Questions

If you have additional questions about using the OWC, submission status or feedback about our services, please email writing@webster.edu.

To access NetTutor, an online, professional tutoring and writing service, log in to any WorldClassRoom (Canvas) course shell and select NetTutor in the left-hand course menu.

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