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Welcome to the Writing Center!

The Writing Center is Available to Assist You Virtually During the Spring 2021 Semester

This spring, the KCAD Writing Center will use mywconline to host appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays. We will be having in-person consultations on Wednesdays on a trial basis.

To use mywconline, you will attach your paper to an open appointment on the schedule, a tutor will review your work and provide feedback with next steps, and then you’ll receive an email when the paper is complete! Then, you can apply revisions on your own and send us any follow-up questions. You can also make a follow-up appointment.

For in-person appointments on Wednesdays, visit the library and look for the table with the Writing Center sign. Please plan to wear a mask and bring your laptop so that you can share the document digitally with our tutor or they can review it on your computer to keep social distance guidelines. Below, follow the instructions to attach your paper for review to a digital appointment!

How To Make An Appointment

  1. Go to ferris.mywconline.com
  2. If you haven't already, register for a new account (use your Ferris email).
  3. Log in and choose "KCAD Writing Center" as your schedule.
  4. Look over the schedule for an opening (if you find you're on the wrong schedule, simply select "KCAD Writing Center" from the drop-down menu at top right).
  5. Click the opening (empty box) you want to select.
  6. Fill out the form and attach your document.
  7. Your tutor will review your work during the time slot you've chosen. You will receive an email when the review is completed.

How to Make an Appointment
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How to Revise and Review

  1. Once you receive an email that your paper review is complete, go back into the schedule.
  2. Click your appointment and download your reviewed draft from the bottom of the window.
  3. Once you download the draft, open the new version and review your tutor’s feedback (visible in Track Changes in Microsoft Word or Google Docs).
  4. Review the feedback and work to revise on your own.
  5. Email [email protected] with any questions.
  6. If you'd like additional feedback on your revisions, make another appointment!

How to Retrieve Your Reviewed Document
Video Walkthrough

The Writing Center helps writers of all levels, at any stage of the writing process. We give writers the tools and strategies they need to become better writers, not just to “fix” one piece. In other words, we help the writer, not just the writing. Our goal is to give students and faculty the resources they need to write successfully.

Why visit the Writing Center?

  • Have a writing assignment and need help getting started
  • Need help finding good research sources
  • Aren’t sure about your thesis
  • Just need a good person with whom to discuss your project
  • Have a draft written and need help with organization or editing

The Writing Center's peer tutors can help:

  • Brainstorm ideas for an assignment
  • Organize your ideas
  • Revise your essay’s focus
  • Make your essay more appropriate for its audience and purpose
  • Edit and polish your draft
  • Find good secondary research materials
  • Use document sources appropriately
  • Understand the conventions of MLA style

Frequently asked questions

Who works at the Writing Center?

We have a number of friendly KCAD students available as peer tutors. All peer tutors undergo routine training sessions to help them hone their skills and provide you with the best help possible.

Where is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is located inside the KCAD Library on the 2nd floor of the 17 Fountain St. NW building.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. Please schedule an appointment online.

What happens during a session?

You will attach a draft to your appointment form in mywconline. You’ll fill out some details about what you want to work on. After your tutor reads your paper, you will receive an email confirmation that your review is complete! This is a bit different than in-person tutoring. If you have additional questions, email us.

When should I schedule an appointment?

The earlier the better. Avoid delaying your visit until right before an assignment is due; that won’t allow you adequate time for real revision. You can reserve an appointment and attach your draft ahead of time in the system!

I don't have a draft. Can I still seek help from the Writing Center?

Absolutely! In that case, we recommend that you email us at [email protected]. You can also schedule an appointment online if you have some thoughts and ideas and we can help you work on an outline!

Will the peer tutor proofread my work for me?

Peer tutors won’t proofread for you, but they will help you spot errors and learn how to correct them on your own.