Office of Academic Success: Writing Center

Welcome to the Writing Center

Learning Commons 264

Updated: November 30, 2021

The Writing Center is staffed by peer tutors, Marywood students who understand the current challenges of academic writing, as well as a pofessional Writing Specialist. This specific center is transitioning to an appointment-only system. Please read services and protocols below before selecting the appropriate appointment calendar. 

All writing tutors may assist students at any stage of the writing process in areas such as:
  • Understanding the demands of a writing assignment
  • Brainstorming topic ideas
  • Constructing an outline
  • Formulating a clear thesis statement
  • Clarifying ideas and wording
  • Strengthening vocabulary
  • Organizing paragraphs
  • Developing ideas
  • Integrating and citing sources
  • APA, MLA, or other required formatting
  • Learning to revise and proofread your own paper

The Writing Center does not:

  • Edit student essays
  • Give feedback via email
    • See under "Writing Specialist" for exceptions
  • Tutor content:
    • For example: Tutors can help with writing aspects of a philosophy essay, but they do help student to understand course content.
  • Monitor email accounts, phone, voicemail, or appointments outside of scheduled hours
  • Adjust schedules to accommodate students who waited until the last minute to seek help on an essay

Peer Tutor Appointments

Peer tutors:

  • Work exclusively with undergraduate students
    • Graduate and doctoral students may work with the Writing Specialist.
  • Are not trained in working with ESL or ELL populations
    • Multilingual undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with the Writing Specialist but can opt to meet with peer tutors.
  • Meet in person in LC 264
  • Do not conduct virtual appointments unless otherwise specified 
    • Virtual peer tutor appointments are available on Wednesday evenings from 6:00PM - 8:00 PM during the Fall 2021 semester.

To make a peer tutor appointment:

  • Open the peer tutor calendar here
  • Select the time you wish to meet and accept the invitation sent to your email. 
  • Email any questions or relevant assignment materials to
  • If there is empty space on the calendar, this means that either that appointment time is already taken or is otherwise not available. 
  • Student appointments are limited to one hour a day and two hours a week per student.

Writing Support Specialist

  • Available to all Marywood students
  • The only writing tutor available for graduate or doctoral students
  • Provides professional writing support
  • Available for appointments and communication exclusively during scheduled hours
  • Works by appointment only
  • Meets in person in LC 263 during scheduled appointments
  • Available for virtual appointments on Google Meet
    • Exclusively for students who do not attend any classes on campus
    • Available on a case-by-case basis for students diagnosed with or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms
    • Appointments are assumed to be in person unless the student, who meets criteria, requests a Google Meet.
    • Students meeting virtually should send all necessary attachments through email before their appointment.
  • Is not giving email feedback at this time in the semester. 

To schedule an appointment with the Writing Specialist:

  1. Open the Writing Specialist’s appointment calendar, select desired time from remaining available appointments, accept Google Calendar invitation.
    • If a space is empty, this means that another student has reserved an appointment at this time or the Writing Specialist is otherwise unavailable. 
    • If you meet the criteria to meet virtually, you must email all relevant assignment materials to , explain why you must meet virtually, and ask for a virtual appointment.
      • Virtual appointments will receive a link by the time of the appointment, which is sometimes just before, and can select the link during the scheduled time.
  2. To cancel an appointment:
  3. If you meet the criteria for email feedback, please email an explanation and all relevant assignment materials, and what specific feedback you are looking, for at least one week in advance from when you would like it back. 
    • Example: Feedback requested for APA formatting and citations.
    • Please do not send attachment and ask for it to be looked over.
  4. Student appointments are limtied to one hour a day and two hours a week per student.

 For more information:

Contact Katie McNulty, Marywood Writing Specialist 

LC 263

Ext: 2279

Please note that phone and email are only monitored during select hours on Tuesdays through Fridays of the Fall 2021 semester.