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We take pride in our support of TCU’s instructional mission. Our professional staff are also experienced teachers themselves, and our peer consultants are good students and good writers. Though most of our appointments involve one-on-one tutorials with individual undergraduate and graduate students, we frequently work with faculty members in a variety of ways to enhance writing across all disciplines and colleges at TCU:

Class Visits or Workshops

Director Cheryl Slocumb and professional staff members are available to visit classes or other gatherings to present a short talk with information about Center for Writing services and the many advantages that tutorials at the Center offer to a student writer. We are also happy to deliver an hour-long workshop on various topics such as structuring essays, writing group papers, or documenting research sources correctly in APA, MLA, Chicago, or AMA styles.  If you would like to schedule a visit by staff to make a presentation to a class you are teaching during the Fall 2022 semester, contact Ms. Slocumb well in advance at

Course Syllabus Statement

Faculty may wish to include our Syllabus Statement in preparation of course syllabi, as well as our QR code for instant access:

The William L. Adams Center for Writing is a free academic support service available to all TCU students, offering individualized instruction in all aspects of writing and documentation styles. Writing consultants and peer tutors are available to meet with students in person or via Zoom from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in Reed Hall, Suite 419.  Students may also submit documents for review and comments via the Online Writing Lab (OWL). To make an appointment or to access online tutorial services, please visit the Center for Writing web site at . The writing center does not assist students with completing take-home exams, finals, or graduate written exams without the expressed approval of the professor.

Faculty Writing Projects

We work with faculty across all disciplines, as schedules and staffing permit, on many individual writing projects such as submissions for publication, conference papers, proposals, as well as personal projects. Faculty may schedule a consultation by appointment with a professional staff member via Zoom or in person. Faculty may also submit a document for review via our OWL, to be routed to the first available professional staff member.

Writing Resources and Handouts

Faculty requiring students to write papers in MLA, APA, AMA, or Chicago style may wish to  check out our growing Writing Resources page for classroom PowerPoints, handouts, and helpful links.

Documentation Style Guides


Professor Referrals

We are always appreciative when professors refer students to us for help with writing projects. At the same time, we see our primary mission as assisting student writers in an ethical and confidential manner.   We do not share personal information with faculty about a student’s tutoring sessions unless we have that student’s consent;  we will confirm student attendance via a printed form issued to students who request it. Professors may request brochures or Writing Center business cards to provide to students by emailing the Writing Center at

Advance Planning is Key

If faculty require entire classes or groups of students to visit us for help with a written assignment, we ask them to encourage students to plan ahead and make their appointments well in advance of the due date, to ensure the best possible experience for them. Also, please contact our director, Ms. Cheryl Slocumb, to ensure we have sufficient staff on tutoring schedule to accommodate your students. Particularly during mid-terms and the final two weeks of the semester, appointment calendars of staff are often booked solid. During those times, we cannot accept drop-in traffic or respond to online submissions as quickly as we’d like.

Writing Associates Program

Open to professors in all disciplines, this program dedicates a writing associate to a class that emphasizes writing instruction. The center assigns consultants (trained undergraduate or graduate students or professional staff) to undergraduate classes, based on faculty requests and available staff. Writing associates, who also serve as writing consultants for the Center for Writing, receive training from us as well as mentoring from the professors with whom they work. The associates meet with students from their assigned classes during their regular tutoring hours in the Center. The primary mission of a writing associate is instructional rather than editorial. A writing associate will respond to writing in ways that help students to become more aware of their strengths and to learn to overcome any weaknesses. Writing associates support the course outcomes the professors set forth. They also serve as liaisons between the professor’s class and the other writing center staff, providing us with necessary information to assist those students. For more information about the Writing Associates Program, please email Ms. Cheryl Slocumb at

Write Now

Write Now is a graduate student writing group that offers ongoing support in a relaxed setting to graduate students in all stage of their academic careers.  Participants work on a variety of projects, including thesis or dissertation chapters, prospectuses, academic publications, conference papers, and seminar papers. The group meets on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 -4:00 p.m. CST in the Center’s conference room in 419 Reed Hall.  The format is hybrid, so grad students not on campus may participate from a distance via Zoom.  To refer grad students or get more details, have students contact Dr. Lindsay Dunn at

Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp

In conjunction with the Graduate Studies Office, the Graduate Writing Center conducts TCU’s annual Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. Please encourage eligible graduate students to follow us on Facebook for notification of these dates, locales, and times, and to contact Dr. Lindsay Dunn at