For both onsite and online appointments, you can submit your paper via our online submission manager. This service is highly recommended. Submitting a paper with the expectation of receiving only email feedback is not recommended. Nothing can replace face-to-face consultation. We encourage everyone who can visit the Writing Center to meet with us in person. But when time or circumstance imposes a significant impediment to direct consultation, you can receive feedback via email. The turnaround may be longer due to a busy appointment schedule, class presentations, etc. We do not accept papers longer than 30 pages.
The submission process is simple. First, focus your area of need. A general request for help won't yield useful feedback. The more specific the concern, the more effective the feedback. For example, one focused area might be transitions between paragraphs.
Second, fill out the form below and attach your paper. Always include your assignment. Please send a Microsoft Word document so that we use the "track changes" function to make comments, highlight text, suggest changes, and so on. This allows you to see the Graduate Writing Specialist's feedback directly on your draft and to make choices based on his response.
We will comment on grammar only if requested and only to pinpoint and/or summarize a specific issue. We don't copy edit or proofread; however, we will explain errors and recommend ways to avoid them and to develop your work, especially the flow, organization, and conceptual framework.
Third, receive comments from the writing specialist at your appointment or by email. Your draft will be returned, with as much information about it as possible, as soon as possible. Turnaround time is usually three business days, so be sure to submit your work with your deadline in mind.
A paper submitted over the weekend will take longer. Submit work early for faster results! If your paper is more than eight pages, we strongly recommend you submit over a period of time, arrange a video conference, or schedule an onsite appointment.