Online Writing Center is Available

by Carolyn I. Brown, Ph.D.

As the end of the semester approaches, do not forget that the Online Writing Center can help you with your paper and project needs.  Online writing assistance is available to Webster University alumni, faculty, staff, students attending classes at the extended campuses in the U.S. or across the globe, to students enrolled in online classes, and to graduate students at the Webster Groves campus.

The Online Writing Center is devoted to helping students become better, more confident writers.  To send us your assignment, use the WorldClassRoom site.  After you select the Resources folder icon in the blue global menu, then select the Writing Assistance link. On the following page, you will see resources for students as well as the link to submit your assignment to the Online Writing Center, under the Get Online Writing Help section. That link will take you to the submission form that requests important information about you as a student and your assignment. Be prepared to provide your Webster email address as well as your student ID in the survey.

One you submit a paper to the OWC, you will be sent an e-mail from us confirming that your paper was received. Your paper will then be passed to one of our coaches, who will do the following:

  • Read your paper
  • Comment on global issues (focus, development, organization, etc.)
  • Mark a few areas for style and convention problems
  • Ask questions about the assignment
  • Ask questions about the paper
  • Make suggestions using the comment function of Microsoft Word
  • Provide advice for further steps, either for that assignment or for future projects
  • Return your paper with those marks via e-mail

Send a report to your instructor informing her or him about our commenting (if this option was noted in your submission form).

You can expect to receive your paper back in two to three business days from confirmation that your submission has been received. During peak times such as the weeks surrounding midterms and finals, that turnaround time is slightly longer, around four to five business days. Papers are processed by the OWC staff Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., so submissions sent in the evening or over the weekend will not be processed until the following business day. Please keep this in mind when submitting your paper for review to ensure that you will receive feedback before your deadlines or due dates.

If you have additional questions about using the Online Writing Center, submission status, or feedback about our services, please contact Online Writing Center Specialist Laura Hardin Marshall at 314-246-7661 or hardinmarshall57@webster.edu. For other concerns, feel free to contact me at 314-246-7668 or carolynbrown04@webster.edu.