Online Writing Center

School of Professional Studies students are encouraged to use the resources provided by the Online Writing Center (OWC). The OWC was created as a free resource for students to access materials needed for various aspects of the writing process. Remember, good writing skills are developed over time with practice and the willingness to ask for help. There are no silly questions!

Getting Started

Please read the OWC Guidelines below before starting. Submit a drafted paper for us to review with the form on the Contact Us page.

  1. Services provided by the OWC are restricted to currently enrolled School of Professional Studies students. Main campus students can access writing tutoring and support at the UIW Writing and Learning Center.

  2. The center provides help by: 

    • Answering questions regarding your writing.
    • Talking with you about strategies you can use to improve your writing.
    • Offering help with planning or revising your papers.
  3. We will not directly edit or proofread your papers.
  4. We recommend that you send us questions before you start a paper or when you are working on it, not when the final paper is due soon.
  5. After submitting your request or question and drafted paper, you will need to work with a tutor via e-mail.
  6. If an instructor requests or requires notification that the online writing center is being used, students may forward correspondence from the tutor to the instructor. Instructors are not copied on emails automatically.
  7. Please expect a 24-48 hour response time due to review demands. There is a maximum of two reviews for each assignment. Reviews are completed Monday-Saturday (Saturdays until 3 p.m.).

Writing Resources

View and download the PDF handouts listed below that are meant to assist you in the writing process.

Handouts

  • How to become an active reader
  • Written vs oral communication
  • How to write a summary
  • How to write a thesis statement
  • Examples for writing thesis statements
  • How to develop and evaluate paragraphs
  • How to avoid run-on sentences
  • When to use a passive voice
  • Rules to avoid plagiarism
  • How to use transitional expressions

Visuals for Writing Organization

Exercises

Feel free to send in suggestions or comments for other materials you would like to see added to the site that would be useful for planning and writing.

Don't Forget

  • Becoming a good writer takes time and practice.
  • Never get discouraged as even the most experienced writers have to stay sharp by practicing, proofreading and asking for help!
  • Remember to ask for help when needed!
  • Don't rely on Microsoft Word's spelling and grammar check as it does not catch every mistake!