The Writing Center offers free online support 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.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Writing Center is online only and is not offering face-to-face
consulting services. This online only format will continue through the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters.
How to Access the Writing Center Online
The Writing Center offers two types of writing consultation services--an asynchronous draft review service and synchronous virtual appointments. See below for more specific availability of these services. For classroom presentation and workshop services, visit our Resources for Faculty page.
are accepted throughout the semester and during semester breaks.
Exceptions include Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New
Year's Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Submissions will be accepted
on these dates; however, the turnaround time may be longer than 2-3
days. All current CMU students, faculty, and staff may submit drafts to
50-minute review of a draft submitted through our online submission form. A consultant will review your draft and provide written comments using Microsoft Word insert comments. 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 (also on our submission page)
- One submission in the queue at a time. Resubmit or submit a different draft only after current submission is returned.
- Submissions are returned within two to three days. Longer wait times may occur when demand is high.
- Submissions are reviewed in the order submitted, first-in/first-out. Allow time to get the draft back and make the necessary revisions before your due date.
- 50-minute session per submission. A 50-minute review generally covers 8 to 10 pages. Before resubmitting longer papers, make applicable revisions to the remainder of the draft and indicate where consultants should resume the review.
- Delete comments from consultant before resubmitting.
- Maximum document size is 10MB.
How to Submit Your Draft
Submit a draft for feedback from a Writing Center consultant.
- Save your draft as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) document. We can only review documents that are saved in one of these file types. Microsoft files are highly recommended.
- Click on the "Online Submission Form" link located at the bottom of the submission page and log in with your
CMU Global ID and
- Fill out the form completely, attach your document by clicking on the "Browse" button, and then click "Submit."
NOTE: You must complete the online form for each submission.
- Drafts are returned as an attached Word document. Comments appear in the right margin.
Note: This service is unavailabe on CMU Wellness Days.
50-minute Microsoft Teams meeting with a peer writing center consultant. Sessions are booked online and a link to the session will appear on your Outlook and Teams calendars. Your email confirmation for the session will also provide details on accessing your meeting time. This service works well if you are needing to brainstorm ideas, discuss assignment criteria, or have an early draft and want to see if you are on the right track.
To participate, you will need to activate, at minimum, your microphone. Camera is optional. The Chat feature will also be available. To get the most from your session, familiarize yourself with
Microsoft Teams meetings and how to screen share and use of other features.
Policies and Guidelines
- Consultations are a maximum of 50 minutes.
- You are only able to schedule two consultations per week—can check back for additional availability.
- You are able to schedule and cancel appointments up to 1 hour before the consultation is scheduled to begin.
- Frequent missed sessions may result in loss of booking privileges.
Book a virtual appointment with a Writing Center consultant.
For questions about these services, contact the
Writing Center, or Writing Center Associate Director
Dr. Lori Rogers.
Park Library 360--Closed
(Third Floor of Park Library)
(First Floor of Anspach Hall)