The Writing Center’s mission is to help students develop into stronger writers, not just produce better papers. Professional and peer tutors will aid students in meeting the demands of university level writing in free one-on-one personalized appointments.
Welcome to the Writing Center
Personalized tutoring in the following areas:
- any stage of the essay writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, or editing
- understanding and clarifying writing assignment directions, scoring, and other requirements
- formatting documents, bibliographies, and citations according to the required format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
- academic and discipline-specific writing style, vocabulary, and sentence structure
- identifying and building on writing strengths and improving weaknesses
- focus and clarity
- essay, paragraph, and sentence structure and organization
- fluidity and writing style
- thesis statements
- scholarship essay writing
Please note: Tutors do not "edit" or "correct" student essays. Instead, they work collaboratively with students to help identify strengths and weaknesses to build personalized strategies for stronger and more independent writing. Students who visit the writing center are to be active participants in the process. Please do not email with requests for edits.
- Event workshops
- In-class collaborations and course workshops by request
- Group appointments for students working on group essays
- Set realistic expectations. Grammar will not matter if your assignment lacks focus, organization, does not follow directions, or is plagiarized. Good writing takes planning and revision. It is likely you will not leave one single session with a perfect paper, especially if it is lengthy and last minute, and you may require more than one session depending on your specific needs. A half hour goes by quickly, so consider a longer appointment if you are questioning time.
- Upload assignment directions and current writing in the appointment form or arrive prepared and organized with assignment material readily available on paper or laptop.
- Arrive on time and with clear expectations of what you wish to accomplish.
- Understand how to use Zoom, using your Marywood account before selecting the virtual appointment option. Contact email@example.com for Zoom or technical assistance.
For specific information pertaining to appointment policies, procedures, limitations, requirements, and options and to schedule an appointment. Appointments are no longer made through email request or Google Calendar as done in previous semesters.
At Marywood, our tutors are committed to supporting students in their academic journey. They provide personalized assistance, clarifying difficult concepts and offering constructive feedback to enhance learning. Their dedication and expertise empower students to excel and reach their full potential, creating a nurturing and successful learning environment for all.
Writing Center Schedules and Appointment Procedures
- Marywood Library
- Resources and databases
- Work one-on-one with a Marywood librarian!
- Generating Thesis Statements
- Troubleshooting your Writing: Getting Started
- Understanding Research Papers
- Avoiding Plagiarism Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison
- Discipline-Specific Writing (Harvard University)
- Grammar Girl: Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
- Grammar Essentials (Excelsior College)
- 25 FREE Google Drawings Graphic Organizers
- Idea Web (sample)
- Research Log - This helps to keep your research sources and information organized and easily accessible and links directly to Marywood Library resources.
Formatting and Citation
- The APA Style Official Website
- APA LibGuide by Columbia College - Easy to navigate
- APA Documentation Style - The Purdue OWL
- APA Style Checklist
- APA Powerpoint Tutorial
- APA Formatting and Citation Video Tutorials
- MLA Documentation Style
- Columbia College MLA Style Guide - User Friendly!
- MLA Frequently Asked Questions
Social Media Pages
Tutorials, tutor bios, announcements, events, and more!
- Instagram: @MarywoodWritingCenter
- Twitter: @MarywoodWriting
- YouTube: Marywood University Writing Center
- More tutorials to come!
- Academic Word List (AWL)
- Tips for Writing in North American Colleges (Purdue OWL)
- Common ESL Errors Workbook (The Brief Penguin Handbook, Duke University)
Helpful Self-Editing Resources
Free Read Aloud/Text-to-Speech Tools
Reading your essay aloud is one of the best ways to edit and proofread, but it is not always accessible. These resources are helpful for students who have dyslexia, are learning English, or are in quiet shared space where they can listen through earbuds but cannot talk aloud.
Writing tutors must have completed two semesters or more of undergraduate course work, maintain a 3.2 or higher GPA, exhibit excellent communication, writing, interpersonal, and instructional skills, and have received a B+ or higher in ENGL160 or a comparable freshman composition course or received AP Language and Composition credit. Interested students must complete an application, interview, and submit a writing sample.
Check our Instagram page for schedule updates, announcements, resources, tutor bios, events, and writing tips!
FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
Peer Writing Center: 266 Learning Commons
Writing Specialist 265 Learning Commons
Zoom appointments available.
- The Peer Writing Center: All undergraduate students may utilize.
- The Writing Specialist: All Marywood students may utilize, including graduate students.
Tutors do not edit or "correct" student essays. Students are active participants in their personalized writing tutoring appointment with the goal of becoming a better writer rather than simply producing better papers.
- Understanding the demands of a writing assignment
- Brainstorming topic ideas
- Constructing an outline and organizing thoughts
- Formulating a clear thesis statement
- Clarifying ideas and wording
- Strengthening vocabulary
- Organizing paragraphs
- Developing ideas
- Integrating and citing sources
- APA, MLA, Chicago or other required formatting
- Learning to revise and proofread your own paper
- Locating and properly using available resources
- Scholarship essays
- Identifying grammar mistakes and explaining correct grammar
Students must make their own appointments using their Marywood email address. Please do not email the Writing Center or peer tutors to make an appointment for you. A confirmation email and directions will be emailed upon booking completion.
Students are limited to three appointments per week.
Please bring all relevant writing, directions, notes, rubrics, etc. with you to the appointment on paper or a laptop. You may bring prewriting, outlining, drafts, but please have writing started. Please come with a specific concern in mind for a smoother appointment (example: thesis statement, organization, grammar, citations). There is an option to upload documents to the appointment screen, but please know that tutors may not have the opportunity to view before appointment. Consider this when choosing your time and please come on time.
Graphic organizers are provided in Learning Commons 266. The resources on this page also page provides link, graphic organizers, and video tutorials.
The Writing Center does not offer feedback via email. Requests for such will be denied.
Appointments can be made in 15,30, 45, or 60 minute periods based on availability and need. Appointments default to 30 minutes unless otherwise changed.
- Multi-lingual or ELL students may work with any tutor but should first consider meeting with the Writing Specialist.
- Students who require intensive English language support beyond writing should contact their advisor or the Intensive English Program.
- Students looking for help understanding content, not writing, should contact the Tutoring Center.
Students with documented and undocumented disabilities may work with any writing tutor without having to disclose any information pertaining to the disability; however, they are encouraged to work with the writing specialist, who is a professional writing tutor trained and experienced in teaching writing to students with disabilities.
- Students who are in quarantine may still use the center by selecting the virtual option. You may edit this at any time.
- The center will still hold appointments virtually at the tutor's discretion in the event of inclement weather.
- If you wish to cancel, please do so well before your scheduled appointment.
- All students should check their Marywood email the morning of and a few hours before their scheduled appointment for any changes or cancellations.