Do you have questions about how the Writing Center can help you or questions about our policies? Please check below to answers to many of the commonly asked questions about the WC. You can also find video responses to our top frequently asked questions, too!
The OU Writing Center is a pedagogical service that supports the writing development of undergraduate and graduate students at OU and the greater Norman/OKC community. The primary goal of our consultations is to help writers learn something they can use in the future. Because of this, we do not serve as a proofreading or editing service, but instead strive to provide feedback that is thoughtful, intentional, and useful. We encourage you to test out our various consultation options to see what helps you learn best.
The OU Writing Center has 3 locations:
For more information, head to our Locations page.
No, you do not have to come in person to use the Writing Center’s services. The OU Writing Center offers face-to-face and two types of remote consultations: synchronous (video conference) and asynchronous (written feedback) appointments.
You can bring any writing project, for any class, from any discipline! In addition to class assignments, we can work with you on theses & dissertations, application materials, presentations, personal writing, scholarship essays, and more. Our consultants have experience working across disciplines and are ready to help, whether your writing project is in First-Year Composition or History, or in Accounting or Biology. We can also assist with speeches and other modes that include a written component!
If you are interested in further assistance with presentations, check out the Library's Presentation Consultations @ the Learning Lab services.
Students may seek support from the Writing Center on exams only with instructor permission. Instructors may provide permission on assignment sheets or syllabi or by emailing the Writing Center at email@example.com.
For all disciplines except Human Relations, Writing Center consultants cannot help with comprehensive exams without written permission from the advising professor or committee chair. The advisor or committee chair may email the Writing Center to provide their consent for assistance. They should specify what type of help they approve (e.g., assistance with citations and formatting, feedback on organization and content, feedback on grammar or sentence structure), as well as the name of the student seeking assistance. Academic integrity matters, and the Writing Center supports the University's academic integrity policies.
The Writing Center employs undergraduate and graduate consultants along with undergraduate office assistants (OAs).
Applications for all positions typically open in late spring. Please check our website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates.
Students interested in becoming consultants are encouraged to visit the Writing Center for their own work to learn more about the Center and its purpose.
Appointments are not required but they are recommended. If you schedule in advance, you can guarantee that a consultant is availabile and waiting to work with you when you arrive. Drop-in appointments are based on consultant availability. You can schedule an appointment up to 2 weeks in advance for any of our locations.
The Writing Center uses an online scheduling platform called WCOnline (WCO).
If you have not visited us before, you first need to register for an account through WC Online before you can make an appointment. You can register here through this link.
After you have registered, or if you already have an account, sign in to WCOnline and schedule an appointment. Note that appointments are scheduled on the hour or half hour and last for 25- or 45- minutes.
If you are a graduate student, you can also request an Extended Read appointment. Head to this page for more information about Extended Reads.
Writers may schedule up to two (2) appointments per week at our Wagner location. Writers may schedule or drop-in for two (2) additional appointments at our satellite locations in Cate Center and Bizzell Library. Finally, writers may schedule one (1) appointment per week on our Sunday/online-only schedule.
If you find yourself needing more appointments than the typical limits, please contact us.
The Writing Center offers three main types of appointments: face-to-face, video consultations, or written feedback appointments. Face-to-face consultations take place in person at one of our locations. Video consultations or written feedback appointments are remote, meaning you do not have to visit campus to receive feedback. Video consultations are live and in real-time while written feedback appointments are asynchronous.
Extended Read appointments are also available for graduate students and OU post-docs.
More information about each appointment type can be found on our Appointments page.
Of course. After each session, our consultants take time to write a Session Note. In this note, they recap the major points you discussed during the session. They may also include links to resources you talked about or to additional resources they think you'll find useful. This note is automatically emailed to you, the writer. You are free to forward this note to an instructor as needed for proof of appointment. We do not provide any additional documentation besides the Session Note.
Yes! We encourage writers to have multiple consultations, particularly when working on long, complex, or unfamiliar projects. Writers have the option to schedule repeat visits with the same consultant, depending on consultant availability.
A consultation at the Writing Center is primarily a conversation between you and a trained consultant about your work.
During a face-to-face or video consultation, you should expect to spend the first few minutes talking with the consultant about your project, answering questions about your goals and concerns, and setting an agenda for the session.
Your consultant may ask you to read your work aloud, or ask for time to read silently. (Reading aloud is always optional.)
Your session will often end with an action plan for revisions or next steps. Consultants may also provide you with printed or online resources.
If you schedule a written feedback or Extended Read appointment, you will not meet with your consultant. The consultant will use information you provide on the appointment form and their own training to provide asynchronous feedback. They may also provide additional resources.
No matter what type of consultation you choose, behavior fitting an academic setting is always expected of both consultants and writers. All students are expected to abide by the University’s Student Conduct Policies in their interactions with staff or with other writers. This means upholding a safe, respectful environment that is conducive to cooperation and learning. The University defines abusive conduct as: “Unwelcome conduct that is sufficiently severe and pervasive that it alters the conditions of education or employment and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, harassing, or humiliating.” Community members using the center are also expected to engage with staff in a respectful way. Failure to exhibit appropriate behavior may result in a loss of consultation privileges and/or further disciplinary action as necessary.
If you wish to report or discuss unacceptable behavior that you experienced or observed in the Writing Center, please contact the administrative team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Face-to-face, video conference, and written feedback appointments can be scheduled for either 25-minutes or 45-minutes.
Our scheduling platform, WCOnline, uses 30- or 60-minute scheduling blocks. Consultations will last either 25- or 45-minutes, however. Consultants use the remaining time in the slot to write and send a Session Note to the writer. The session note reviews the information discussed during the consultation and provides relevant resources to the writer.
The OU Writing Center offers one-on-one and small group consultations. These services are available online and in person.
The Writing Center also offers writing workshops, camps, retreats, classroom visits, and other writing-related events throughout the year.
Fine more information on undergraduate writer support here.
Find more information on graduate writer and post-doc support here.
Find more information on classroom instructor services here.
Note: the Writing Center no longer offers support for faculty writers. Head to the Center for Faculty Excellence to find out how they can support faculty.
Consultants at the Writing Center work diligently to support your development as a writer. Therefore, we do not provide proofreading, copy-editing, or grading services. We can, however, assist you in learning to identify error patterns and to better proofread your own work.
Consulting begins in Wagner Hall on the first day of classes each semester. For the first two weeks of classes, consulting takes place in Wagner Hall, Room 280 from 9am to 5pm.
Evening consultations begin the third week of classes each semester. Evening hours take place in Cate Center 4 and in Bizzell Library. Our hours page contains details about when are where you can find us throughout the semester.
You can find information about our workshops and events on our website, on OU Engage, and on our social media profiles.