Welcome

The Writing Center exists to help you—MU students, staff, and faculty—with all your writing projects, from academic to professional, creative or personal writing.  We strive to create a welcoming, non-judgmental service in which all writers, whether experienced or not, can develop their writing skills.

Our professional and student writing consultants can coach you in any academic discipline and in all aspects of writing, including figuring out your assignment or your paper topic, organizing your draft, structuring a solid evidence paragraph, citing your sources correctly, improving clarity, rooting out those last punctuation or citation issues, and everything in between.  Our goal is to foster the skills and confidence needed for writing competence, so essential to academic and professional success.

We look forward to working with you.

New to the Writing Center?  For a summary of what we do and how we do it, see Writing Center Basics.

Hours & Location

Appointment Times

Check WCONLINE for availability.

Office Hours

Staff members are available to help you arrange writing consultations and to answer logistical questions. Writing consultations are conducted both in person and remotely.
  • Sunday: 3 – 9 p.m. EST
  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. EST
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
  • Saturday: Closed

Office Location

We have moved from Davis Memorial Library Room 111 to a shared space with the Monarch Tutoring Center on the side of the library closest to the quad. If you have trouble finding us, feel free to ask for assistance at the Writing and Tutoring Center Information Desk by the quad entrance in the library. You can also reach us at 910.630.8451 or the Writing Center Director at 910.630.7264.

The Writing Center Director’s office is in the room formerly known as Study Room D.

Fall 2022

The Writing Center is offering the following consultations:
  • Face-to-Face (meet in person at the center)
  • Online (real-time video or phone conference)
  • eTutoring (document upload for written feedback)
  • Walk-in (same-day consultation as available)

Contacting the Writing Center

Email: writingcenter@methodist.edu

Phone:

Book an appointment online at https://methodist.mywconline.com.

Office hours:

Sunday: 3 – 9 p.m. EST
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. EST
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Saturday: Closed

Staff members are available to help you arrange writing consultations and to answer logistical questions. Writing consultations are conducted in person and remotely.

Book an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have moved from Davis Memorial Library Room 111 to a shared space with the Monarch Tutoring Center on the side of the library closest to the quad. If you have trouble finding us, feel free to ask for assistance at the Writing and Tutoring Center Information Desk by the quad entrance in the library. You can also reach us at 910.630.8451 or the Writing Center Director at 910.630.7264. The Writing Center Director’s office is in the room formerly known as Study Room D.

You should utilize the Writing Center because writing can be an overwhelming, stressful task. Our consultants are here to lend a hand, and working with a writing consultant can make the process easier and more productive. If you need assistance with anything from brainstorming to final revisions, the Writing Center is here for you.

In short, no, we will not edit your paper. We offer advice and guidance about what you have written. You decide what changes to make to your paper. Our goal is to help you become a better writer and help you gain knowledge and strategies that can strengthen your current and future writing projects.

We always welcome you to stop by; however, the Writing Center often gets busy, and consultants may be working with others. If that is the case, we can make an appointment for you or show you how. We do offer walk-in appointments, so if a consultant is available, they can work with you, but keep in mind that appointments begin at the top of each hour, so you may not have the same amount of consultation time as you would if you had scheduled an appointment. To ensure you get a full 45-minute consultation, we recommend scheduling in advance at WCONLINE.

What happens during a consultation depends on the type and duration of the appointment. Typically, your consultant will devote 45 minutes to your writing consultation (or 90 minutes if you have booked two appointments back-to-back). If you choose a Face-to-Face or an Online session, your consultant can work with you on anything from brainstorming, outlining, or structuring your paper to addressing concerns that you point out. Many of the same issues can be covered during an eTutoring, but an eTutoring requires that you have already begun writing. Regardless of the format, the consultants will work with you to help optimize your paper-writing process.

Both Online and eTutoring consultations are typically conducted via WCONLINE, but the main difference is the way the consultations happen.

Online: This type is handled by video or phone conference. This may be the best choice for those who have yet to begin writing or prefer to interact with a consultant in real-time.

eTutoring: This type is purely a written consultation. Prior to your appointment time, you will provide your consultant with a copy of your draft. You do not have to be available during your scheduled appointment time, and during this kind of session, your consultant will read your document, prepare written feedback, and return the document to you. Refer to Consultations for details.

No, you do not need to have a completed draft. In fact, you do not need to have anything written! We will gladly work with you at any stage of the writing process.

Writing consultations are for everyone. We work with students, staff, and faculty. In fact, our consultants use the Writing Center’s services for their own projects. We are happy to work with you on papers for classes, creative writing, personal statements, scholarship applications, Davis Peace Prize applications, letters to the editor, or whatever you bring our way.

Our professional writing consultants have bachelor’s or advanced degrees and have some expertise in writing, research, teaching, and more. Our student writing consultants are MU (Methodist University) undergraduate students with exceptional writing skills and specialized training. The student writing consultants work only with undergraduate students and only in Face-to-Face or Online consultations. If you are a graduate student or want an eTutoring (written) consultation, you will need to sign up with a professional consultant. Refer to Consultations for details.

Stop by the Writing Center and see if we have a walk-in opening. If that option is not available, you can add your name to the waiting list. You can do so by using the WAITING LIST function in WCONLINE. You can join the Waiting List for any given day by clicking on the link below that day in WCONLINE and completing the sign-up. You will be notified whenever an opening appears on that day’s schedule. This does not automatically reserve the appointment for you: You must go into WCONLINE, click on the opening, and make an appointment in the usual way. Refer to Consultations for details.

At the end of each session, your consultant will complete a “Writing Center Report,” a consultation summary that is emailed to you and to your professor. This summary provides an overview of what you and your consultant worked on during your appointment and might include remarks about the issues your consultant thought most important.

The feedback the Writing Center receives from professors is extremely positive. Many professors have seen their students’ writing improve following writing consultations, and they encourage or require students to visit the Writing Center for their classes.

Yes, we will do our best to help you understand. We recommend that you first speak with your instructor, and if you are still in the dark, make an appointment. Your consultant will address the issues raised in your paper, help you understand them, and work with you to figure out how to improve the problem areas.

Unless you have already been directed to bring the exam to the Writing Center, you must ask your instructor for permission before working with a consultant on a take-home exam. Remember, it is your responsibility to know the instructions for your take-home exams.

Yes, we can and do work on large projects. The important thing is to plan and schedule plenty of time. Covering anything over five pages during a single appointment is not likely, especially if you want quality feedback. Given ample time, you and your consultant can work on projects of any size. You can schedule up to five (5) 45-minute consultations in a single week, and you can make back-to-back appointments for a longer consultation. If you think you will need more time than that, contact a consultant, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Of course! The professional consultants welcome students with group writing projects. When you book your appointment, be sure to say that two (or more) students want to participate. You should also email your consultant to ensure he or she knows in advance that a group consultation is coming up. You must provide the names and email addresses of your co-authors, and all of you must have registered for WCONLINE accounts. (We are talking Face-to-Face or Online consultations here; a group of co-authors makes no difference in an eTutoring session because you will all be able to read the same feedback.) Your consultant might use WCONLINE or might set up a Teams video conference for your group meeting. The consultant will let you and your co-authors know what platform you are using.

We are always happy to hear from you. We ask you to complete a short feedback survey whenever you receive a summary report of one of your consultations; you can use the comments box on the survey. We also have a suggestion box in the center, or you may email your suggestions and comments to writingcenter@methodist.edu.

Enroll in ENG 4160, the internship course that prepares students who are good writers to be writing consultants.  In this class, students study strategies for helping people become more effective writers, how writing differs across disciplines, and so on.  After successfully completing this class and some hands-on practice, a student is eligible to apply to work as a student writing consultant. Refer to the Student Consultants page for more details or contact the Writing Center Director at 910.630.7264 for more details.

You can contact the Writing and Tutoring Center Information Line by calling 910.630.8451. You can also reach us via email at writingcenter@methodist.edu.