SPRING 2020 Announcement:
The Writing Commons physical locations are closed for the remainder of Spring 2020.
Virtual appointments are available by email, text chat or video conferencing.
Click on Schedule an Appointment to schedule today.
Our tutors are off site, but we are just as ready to help as ever!
Our appointments fill quickly, so sign up for your session today! The Writing Commons offers three different types of appointments: in-person, Online Writing Lab (OWL) and online Google chat, as well as walk-in sessions. A description of each and links to schedule an appointment are below.
Schedule an In-Person Appointment for a face-to-face session with one of our tutors. Your tutor will collaborate with you to improve your writing skills by providing you with feedback and resources you need to be a successful writer. Whether you have nothing written or a full draft we can help you! Please be sure to bring your FLASHcard ID with you for each in-person session you attend for identification purposes. Check out Kent State University's FLASHCard User Agreement for more information.
Group sessions must be scheduled by Writing Commons staff. Group sessions are for writers who do not want to work with a tutor alone. This includes people working on the same project together as a group. Faculty may want students to work with a tutor in pairs or small peer review groups, or for other reasons. There is not a self-scheduling option for writers or students to create group sessions. Call the Writing Commons at (330) 672-1787 or come in to schedule (4th Floor of the University Library). Please schedule in advance to allow us to prepare space and to have enough tutors during that time to meet your group’s needs. Call us or stop in to schedule.
- We will need to know how many group members there are, how many will be attending the session and who they are. If it’s more than six people, please schedule an appointment at least one week in advance.
- All group members must bring their FLASHcards to their scheduled appointment.
- No other additional people, who were not listed when the appointment was made, can attend the session.
Online Writing Lab (OWL) Appointments
Schedule an Online Writing Lab Appointment to schedule a session online, without having to be present at the Writing Commons or to be online with your tutor at the time of the session. In order to schedule an OWL session you will be asked to provide substantial information about your draft and about your writing process. The information we require you to send us takes the place of the give-and-take of conversation in an in-person session with a tutor.
OWL sessions have the same goals as in-person sessions: to help you become productive and successful as a writer! The Writing Commons is not a proofreading service, and we cannot edit and proofread for you. We can, instead, help you locate resources, and notice patterns that you can learn to edit and proofread for yourself. Everyone at the university must be confident that students are doing their own work, and that work includes the work of editing and proofreading.
Online Google Chat Appointments
Schedule an Online Google Chat Appointment to meet with a tutor via Google Chat. Much like an in-person session, your tutor will collaborate with you to improve your writing skills. You will not need to come to the fourth floor of the library, but you will need to be on your KSU Gmail account for the duration of the appointment. To prepare for your session, please review our detailed instructions on Using Google Docs.
Note: All scheduled appointments can last up to 45 minutes. Walk-in sessions are worked in around our scheduled appointments, and may be considerably shorter. To assure a 45-minute session, please make an appointment.
Note: If you cannot make it to your appointment and withdraw yourself from your sessions within 24 hours of your session the scheduling system will mark you as a No Show, which cannot be undone. This is due to the scheduling software that we are unable to change. To avoid this mark, withdraw yourself a day or two before your session, or call the Writing Commons (330) 672-1787 and one of our Office Assistants will withdraw you with no penalty.
Note: Your tutor may be observed for training and professional development purposes by another member of our staff during your session. If you have questions or concerns about this practice, please contact our Director, Jeanne R. Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writing Commons allows students to try for in-person walk-in sessions, which do not require a scheduled appointment, even when all our sessions are filled. When a tutor's session ends early, the tutor will be available to work with a student who wants to be worked in as a walk-in session. This means that walk-in sessions are almost always less than 45 minutes in duration, so we encourage students to schedule appointments to receive the entire appointment time.
The Writing Commons has a "No Show" policy to encourage in-person and online Google chat attendance. A writer will be marked as a "No Show" if they are late by 10 minutes or more, in order to give other writers a chance for Walk-In appointments. If you know ahead of time you might be late, contact the Office Assistant at (330) 672-1787 or at email@example.com to notify him or her, and your tutor will still be able to work with you for the remaining time. After missing two appointments, students will be blocked from scheduling additional appointments that semester. However, students can still work with tutors on a walk-in basis. Please contact us at (330) 672-1787 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this policy.
Please be sure to bring your FLASHCard ID with you for each in-person session you attend for identification purposes. Check out Kent State University's FLASHCard User Agreement for more information.
Note: If you cannot make it to your appointment and withdraw yourself from your sessions within 24 hours of your session the scheduling system will mark you as a No Show, which cannot be undone. This is due to the scheduling software that we are unable to change. To avoid this, withdraw yourself a day or two before your session, or call the Writing Commons and one of our Office Assistants will withdraw you with no penalty.