The Center for Writing and Learning provides direct writing and learning support to all students in a constructive and enriching atmosphere.

Services for Master's Students

  • Review the writing process from start to finish.
  • Assist you in understanding writing assignments (including a course paper, a thesis, a final integrative essay, or other writing exercises), the genres assigned, and general expectations for graduate writing.
  • Work with you to generate ideas and begin researching for a paper.
  • Help you in writing and revising a well-focused thesis statement.
  • Support your editing process by giving you feedback on your writing at the word level, the sentence level, the paragraph level, and the paper level.
  • Teach you the basics of the various style and formatting requirements.
  • Advise you in how to practice good proofreading skills.
  • Work with you on developing stronger and more efficient reading skills.
  • Aid you in developing a time management plan for an essay assignment, the whole term, or even an exam.
  • Consider with you the complex rhetorical context in which you write and its effects on your writing.
  • Foster your consideration of the ways in which excellence in writing will be helpful to you past your degree program!

How the Center Operates

  • Offering ongoing individual in-person or online consultations of 25 minutes or 50 minutes.
  • Developing and presenting workshops for small groups, as requested by students and/or faculty.
  • Giving presentations in specific classes, as requested by faculty members.
  • Initial consultations followed by referrals to your professors and/or to the research librarians in the Barbour Library.
  • Providing online resources, such as “How To” guides for various assignments or aspects of the writing process and links to the very best online writing labs and style guides.
  • Offering a welcoming and dedicated writing space for all writers.
  • Making available a hard-copy library of style manuals and other books for consultation.
  • Hosting bi-monthly Writers’ Gatherings for those wanting to write in solidarity with others.

Where, When, and Who

Location: Long Hall 219

Hours: Check the Center door for our daily on-campus and online hours.

Contact: Shan Overton, director of the Center for Writing and Learning Support, by e-mail at or by phone at 412-924-1454.