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How We Can Help You Online

We offer online help to TCU’s writers working on  a wide range of projects: research papers, group papers, book/art/drama reviews, research proposals, resumes and cover letters, grad school application essays, internship reports, submissions for publication, book manuscripts, treatises, theses, and dissertations. Students, staff, and faculty from all academic disciplines may consult with us on Zoom or  submit work electronically via our OWL.

NOTE:  As we approach the finish line of Fall Semester 2022, remember to plan ahead and book your appointments well in advance of your assignment due dates. If you’re seeking online help via our OWL, be aware that the deadline will be 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for us to review and comment on papers submitted via OWL. We will not be reviewing OWL submissions during Study Days (Dec. 8-9) or Finals Week (Dec. 12-16).

Online Writing Lab (OWL) Consultations Via Email.

  • We read and comment on OWLs Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We respond to your requests in the order in which we receive them, usually within two business days.
  • Do not send duplicate submissions, as this does not change a paper’s position  in the queue of papers we receive daily.
  • We are unable to review  Sharepoint, OneDrive, or GoogleDocs files or those saved on any platform requiring a log-in.

Our OWL requires that you submit your document  as an attached Microsoft Word document or a pdf file via email to writingctr@tcu.edu. with the following information:

Your Name (and group member names, if submission is group-authored):
Your TCU ID:
Your Major:
Your Classification (First Year., So., Jr., Sr. or Gr.):
Your Course or Assignment:
What you would like us to help you with:

Failure to include the above information, including group member names, on submissions may delay our ability to review your draft in a timely manner, which is within two business days.

Online Consultations Via Zoom 

To register for a Zoom tutorial, go to our scheduler and choose from the Zoom options that appear on the pull-down menu.  Select  your appointment from the roster of available consultants.  You can also upload the document you wish to discuss during your appointment.  You will receive an email notification that confirms your appointment.

Each consultant’s stable Zoom address will appear as a link under their name. A few minutes before your appointment, click on the consultant’s Zoom address link and you’ll enter the consultant’s waiting room. If you have not entered the waiting room within ten minutes of your appointment’s start time, we will cancel that appointment so another student can receive assistance during that time.   If you are new or feel inexperienced with Zoom, check out this brief how-to video.

Advance Planning is Key

The Center for Writing is not a proofreading or editing service, but an instructional service. We address any specific concerns you have, and offer helpful advice on organization, style, clarity, grammar, and various research documentation styles.  As semesters unfold and due dates arrive, we get very busy, especially past mid-term. You will need to plan ahead. As we approach the end of a semester be aware there will be a deadline for submitting to our OWL after classes end.  The Center does not provide any services during finals week, as our consultants are either conducting and grading finals exams, or taking them. As a friendly reminder, we do not assist students at any level with take-home essay exams without the expressed written consent of the professor.