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Our goal at the Writing Center is to help all writers learn something about writing. Consultations are conversations facilitated by a trained writing consultant. Consultants do not tell writers what to write or how to "do" an assignment. Instead, consultants collaborate with writers to brainstorm, investigate, and consider multiple ways to approach assignments and the writing process. 

Consultants at the Writing Center do not edit writers' papers. Grammar and mechanics may be addressed during a consultation if persistent patterns that impede meaning are visible. In other words, the Writing Center will not "fix" a paper or project. We will, however, help a writer recognize their own tendencies in order to improve moving forward.

All writers need feedback, sounding boards to try out ideas on, and a second pair of eyes to help refine their writing. Writing Center consultants are other writers, here to answer questions and be those readers you can trust.

Writing Center consultants read anything you're writing, from history papers, to Senior capstone projects, from scientific lab reports, to art history analysis, and to web design projects and speeches. If you're writing it, we want to work with you on it.

The Writing Center offers three main types of appointments: face-to-face, video consultations, or written feedback appointments. Extended Read appointments are also available for graduate students and OU post-docs.

Find out more information below about our appointment types, the lengths of our appointments, and how to schedule an appointment.


Information about Appointments


Face-to-Face

 

  • Meet in-person
  • Meet live, in real-time with consultant
  • Great for brainstorming
  • Great for group projects/papers

Video Consult

 

  • Meet over video chat (remote/virtual option)
  • Meet live, in real-time with consultant
  • Great option for meeting without coming to campus
  • During a video chat, writers may choose to turn off their camera

Written Feedback

 

  • Do NOT meet with consultant
  • Receive written comments after the appointment time has passed
  • Good if you have clear questions about problem areas of the paper/project
  • Paper/project must be uploaded at least 15 minutes prior to appointment start time

Face-to-face, video consultations, and written feedback appointments are all scheduled through WCOnline. See below for details on registering and scheduling via WCO.

Appointments are not required but are recommended. Scheduling in advance helps ensure you don't have to wait to talk with a consultant.


Did you know?

We help writers with all types of writing in any discipline! Projects we've worked with writers on include:

  • science lab reports
  • first-year composition papers
  • history papers
  • play reviews
  • health-related journal articles
  • engineering conference papers
  • scholarship essays
  • graduate or professional school applications
  • marketing proposals
  • senior capstone papers
  • and many, many, many more!

Many writers think written feedback appointments are the "easiest" because the writer uploads their paper, they type a few questions in the appointment form, and feedback gets mailed back to the writer.

Written feedback appointments are great but work best if you, the writer, have specific questions or concerns you can articulate to the consultant.

It's hard for a consultant to brainstorm or help via written feedback if you're unsure of what to do for an assignment. Some questions are better discussed in person or via video chat!

Face-to-face, video conference, and written feedback appointments can be scheduled for either 25-minutes or 45-minutes.

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. Writers are welcome to share the session note with their instructor as proof of visit as needed.

Red circle with cream bursts with words "25 minutes".

Shorter appointments are better for:

  • Brainstorming
  • Reviewing short papers (1-2 pages)
  • Discussing one or two concerns
  • Receiving feedback at the early stages of drafting
  • Citation-only concerns
Red circle with cream bursts with words stating "45 minutes".

Longer appointments are better for:

  • Discussing longer projects (3-5 pages)
  • Addressing multiple concerns
  • Taking time to draft during the session
  • Getting help with research/library databases
  • Reviewing instructor or TurnitIn feedback
  • Group projects/papers


The Writing Center uses a platform called WCOnline (WCO) to schedule face-to-face, video, and written feedback appointments. Access the OU Writing Center's page by heading to: ou.mywconline.net.

Once there, new users will need to create an account. Returning users can sign in. 

After signing in, all users will be able to view available appointment slots. See our Hours section for details about when and were we are open.

Registration Facts

  • New accounts are not the same as your OU 4x4 account.
  • We recommend using your OU email address, but that is not required.
  • If you have previously registered, but don't remember your password, continue to make an appointment and look for the "Reset your password" link below the "Log in" button.
Writing Center logo, which is a crimson and cream flower made of pencils.

Appointment Fast Facts

  • Use this link to schedule face-to-face, video, or written feedback appointments.
  • All appointments are scheduled on the :00 or :30.
  • Consultations last 25- or 45-minutes.
  • Writers are required to upload their paper/project at least 15 minutes prior to the start of a written feedback appointment.

Not every consultant is available to help with all three types of appointments at all times. 

Below are screen shots from the WCOnline platform to help you determine which consultant is available for which type of appointment. These indicators appear below the consultant's name on the left side of the WCO schedule.

Please note that appointments are occasionally moved to other consultants in an effort to balance our schedule and to accommodate consultant availability. If you prefer to see one consultant as a continuation of earlier sessions, feel free to note that in the appointment form.

Screen clip from WCOnline. It says "Consultant's Name" followed by "Face-to-Face only" underneath.

If you see FACE-TO-FACE ONLY below a consultant's name, they are only available for in-person appointments.

Screen clip from WCOnline: "Consultant's Name. Face-to-Face, Video Conference, and Written Feedback".

If you see FACE-TO-FACE, VIDEO CONFERENCE & WRITTEN FEEDBACK below a consultant's name, they're available to meet with you either in person or virtually for any type of session.

Screen clip from WCOnline: "Consultant's Name" followed by "Video Conference and Written Feedback".

If you see VIDEO CONFERENCE & WRITTEN FEEDBACK below a consultant's name, they're available to meet with you virtually for either video or written appointment types.

The Writing Center offers an Extended Read Asynchronous service for Graduate students and Post-Docs who may submit longer documents than can be covered in our 25- or 45-minute sessions.

Writers may submit up to ~3,000 words, or roughly 12 double-spaced pages. To do this, fill out the form below. Be as specific as possible when describing the assignment (if applicable) and your areas of concern within the project. Our consultants may not be able to read the entire document, so providing specific areas for review ensures that you get the most relevant feedback possible.

Similar to our other appointment types, Extended Reads are not available to serve as editing appointments. The Writing Center does not offer copy editing. Contact us for a list of local editors-for-hire if you are looking for final copy editing for a dissertation, thesis, or article.

For all disciplines except Human Relations, Writing Center consultants cannot help with comprehensive exams without written permission from the professor or committee chair.

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