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What is the OU Writing Center?

The OU Writing Center is a pedagogical service that supports the writing development of all members of the OU and Norman community. The primary goal of our consultations is to help writers learn something they can use in the future. Because of this, we do not serve as a proofreading or editing service, but instead strive to provide feedback that is thoughtful, intentional, and useful. We encourage you to test out our various consultation options to see what helps you learn best.

 

Where is the Writing Center located?

The OU Writing Center has 3 locations:

  • Wagner Hall, Second floor, Room 280
  • Bizzell Library, Room 121 (Learning Lab, LL1)
  • Cate Center 4, Room 134

 

Do I have to come in person?

No, you do not have to come in person to use the Writing Center’s services. The OU Writing Center offers face-to-face and two types of remote consultations: synchronous (video conference) and asynchronous (written feedback) appointments.

 

Do I have to make an appointment?

We recommend that you make an appointment before visiting the Writing Center. You can schedule an appointment up to 2 weeks in advance at our Wagner hours. Satellite locations offer both appointments and drop-in sessions.

Appointments are 25 or 45 minutes in length. Schedule an appointment here: https://www.ou.edu/writingcenter/about/appointments

 

How do I make an appointment?

If you have not visited us before, you first need to register for an account through WC Online before you can make an appointment. You can register here through this link: https://www.ou.edu/writingcenter/about/appointments

After you have registered, or if you already have an account, click on the "Make an Appointment" icon to sign in to WCOnline and schedule and appointment. Note that appointments are scheduled on the hour or half hour and last for 25 or 45 minutes.

If you are a graduate student, you can visit the Graduate Writers page through https://www.ou.edu/writingcenter/graduate_writers. We work with graduate writers from all colleges and departments on any writing project, from seminar papers, to grant proposals, to dissertations.

 

How many appointments (per week) can I have as a student?

Writers may schedule up to two appointments per week at our Wagner location. Writers may schedule or drop-in for additional appointments at our satellite locations in Cate Center, Bizzell Library, and Sunday online appointments.

 

Can I visit the Writing Center more than once for the same project? (return/repeat visits)

Yes! We encourage writers to have multiple consultations, particularly when working on long, complex, or unfamiliar projects. Writers have the option to schedule repeat visits with the same consultant, depending on consultant availability.

 

What kinds of projects can I bring to the Center?

You can bring any writing project, including class assignments, thesis & dissertations, application materials, presentations, personal writing, and more.

 

Can I bring my take-home exam to the Writing Center?

Students may seek support from the Writing Center on exams only with instructor permission. Instructors may provide permission on assignment sheets or syllabi or by emailing the Writing Center at writingcenter@ou.edu.

 

What services does the Writing Center offer?

The OU Writing Center offers one-on-one and small group consultations. These services are available online and in person.

The Writing Center also offers writing workshops, camps, retreats, classroom visits, and other writing-related events throughout the year.

Graduate students can learn more about our graduate writer support here: https://www.ou.edu/writingcenter/graduate_writers

Undergraduates can learn about undergraduate events here: https://www.ou.edu/writingcenter/undergraduate_writers

 

What should I expect during my session?

A consultation at the Writing Center is primarily a conversation between you and a trained consultant about your work.

You should expect to spend the first few minutes talking with the consultant about your project, answering questions about your goals and concerns and setting an agenda for the session.

Your consultant may ask you to read your work aloud, or ask for time to read silently. (Reading aloud is always optional.)

Your session will often end with an action plan for revisions or next steps. Consultants may also provide you with printed or online resources.

If you schedule a written feedback or extended read appointment, you will not meet with your consultant. The consultant will use information you provide on the appointment form and their own training to provide asynchronous feedback. They may also provide additional resources.

 

Will my consultant proofread or grade my paper?

Consultants at the Writing Center work diligently to support your development as a writer. Therefore, we do not provide proofreading, copy-editing or grading services. We can, however, assist you in learning to identify patterns of error and better proofread your own work.

 

How can I work at the Writing Center?

The Writing Center employs undergraduate and graduate consultants along with undergraduate office assistants (OAs).

Applications for all positions open in late spring. Please check our website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates.

Students interested in becoming consultants are encouraged to visit the Writing Center for their own work to learn more about the Center and its purpose.

 

Do you have another question that is not answered here or on our website? Please contact us! You can reach the Writing Center at writingcenter@ou.edu.