Writing Center Services, Hours and Location

The Writing Center offers free face-to-face and online services to all CMU students enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate course and for CMU faculty and staff.  Writing Center peer consultants can provide feedback on writing projects of any kind, at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to final editing.

Face-to-face services

Face-to-face sessions are available by appointment in Park Library 360. Appointments are 50 minutes and can be made by calling the Writing Center, booking an appointment through the WCONLINE link below, or by dropping in to check for availability. This service works well for brainstorming and developing ideas, integrating sources, and talking through writing challenges. Don't forget to bring any helpful materials to your session, such as assignment guidelines. Computers and printers are available for those with appointments.

Guidelines and policies

  • You can make two scheduled face-to-face appointments per week limit; you can check back for drop-in availability.
  • Please call to cancel if you are unable to attend or may be late in arriving. Ten-minute grace period before you are marked missed and the appointment is given away. After three missed appointments, the account is deactivated for two weeks.

Park Library 360

Located on the third floor (south) of the Park Library
Phone: 989-774-2986

Online services

Asynchronous draft review

50-minute asynchronous review of your draft. Appointments for these sessions are made through our WCONLINE website. The draft for review must be uploaded at least half an hour before the appointment time. You will not meet with a consultant during this time; a consultant will review your draft, provide written comments using Microsoft Word insert comments, and upload the commented draft to WCONLINE. This service works well if you have a nearly complete draft and have questions about specific areas such as citation style, organization, and development or if you are looking for final editing and polishing tips.

Guidelines and policies

  • Two appointments per week limit.
  • Drafts are returned by the end of the day.
  • 50-minute session per submission. A 50-minute review generally covers 8 to 10 double-spaced pages, depending on selected focuses and draft content. If you have a longer paper, we recommend booking two appointments back-to-back with the same consultant and indicating the consultant should pick up where they left off the previous hour.
  • Before resubmitting papers, make applicable revisions to the remainder of the draft and indicate where consultants should resume the review.
  • Delete all comments before submitting.
  • File attachments must be 5 MB or less and in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .ppt, or .pptx. Links to outside sources are not accepted.
  • An attachment is not required to book the appointment; however, the draft must be attached to the appointment at least half an hour before the appointment begins. After that, the appointment is locked and can no longer be edited. The appointment will be marked missed if no draft is attached. After three missed appointments, the account is deactivated for two weeks.

How to book an appointment and submit your draft

  • Click on the link below, select a day/time with a consultant available for asynchronous draft review.
  • Fill out the form completely, attach your document by clicking on the "Choose File" button, and then click "Create Appointment." NOTE: You must schedule an appointment for each submission. If an appointment has multiple attachments, the consultant will comment on the most recently uploaded draft.
  • Drafts are returned as a Word document through WCONLINE and through your CMU email. You will receive a notification via email that the draft has been uploaded. Comments appear in the right margin.

Online one-to-one video conference via WCONLINE

50-minute online appointment in WCONLINE with a Writing Center consultant. In online video conferences, a consultant meets with you to discuss the draft; they do not provide written feedback on the draft. These sessions are like face-to-face sessions and work well when coming to our physical locations is difficult.

Guidelines and policies 

  • Two appointments per week limit.
  • Ten-minute grace period before appointment is marked missed. After three missed appointments, the account is deactivated for two weeks.

How to book and attend your appointment

  • Click on the link below, and select a day/time with a consultant.
  • Fill out the form completely. You may choose to attach a draft, but it is not required. 
  • Log back in about 5 minutes before your session to join and meet with a consultant to discuss your draft.

Book an Appointment