Welcome to the Writing Resource!
A fresh pair of eyes is a powerful tool during the drafting process. The Writing Resource is here to support you at every stage of your writing process, from conceptualizing ideas to polishing and publishing your work.
Our mission is to facilitate your individual growth as a writer and to foster a collaborative writing community. Our services are free to you throughout your experience as graduate students in the College of Education.
If you are new to the Writing Resource and want to make an appointment, create an account at https://cwc.mywconline.com/
As-needed appointments can be 30 or 60 minutes in length (max. total 120 minutes/weekly). After the first week of the semester, appointment slots are available a month in advance. To schedule an appointment, visit our online schedule.
Appointments are also available as 14-week enrollments, from January 29 to May 3. Spring 2024 enrollments are currently available. If you would like to request an enrollment, let us know at email@example.com. Please indicate the following:
- Your degree program/year
- Modality preference (Zoom, doc review, or combo)
- Day/time preference
- Consultant preference (if applicable)
Our services are currently offered online. We offer two types of online appointments: asynchronous document review and synchronous video chat appointments. In-person appointments at the Writing Resource are available with some consultants by request; please email to request an in-person appointment.
For asynchronous document review appointments, you can upload your document directly to the schedule or email it to your consultant. Please submit your document at or before the scheduled appointment time, unless you have arranged otherwise with the consultant. You will then receive your document back with feedback within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment.
Synchronous video chat appointments are held over Zoom, at the scheduled appointment time. Your writing consultant will email you a Zoom link prior to the start of your appointment.
Who can use the Writing Resource and for what?
All Graduate Students in the College of Education can use the Writing Resource.
Come to the Writing Resource at any stage of the drafting process, even if you don’t have words on the page yet. We commonly work on:
- Annotated bibliographies
- Brainstorming/generating ideas
- Conference proposals, papers, and posters
- Course assignments
- Cover letters
- Dissertation proposals
- Dissertation chapters
- Journal manuscripts
- Multimodal documents
- PowerPoint slides
- Professional statements
- Presentations (support for spoken language)
- Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
- Reading comprehension
- Teaching materials
What should I do if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so as soon as possible. 30 minutes before the appointment start time, you will no longer be able to cancel the appointment. If you do not arrive at a scheduled appointment, you will be marked as a “no show.” Three no-shows will block you from the scheduling system.
Why won’t the system allow me to cancel my appointment?
The system will not allow writers to cancel appointments within 30 minutes of the meeting time. If you must cancel an appointment within that time period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (or the consultant directly) to inform your consultant.
Is the Writing Resource open during finals?
The Writing Resource is closed during finals week. We wish you the best of luck!
- Thesis and Dissertation Support Services, University of Iowa Graduate College
The Graduate College offers thesis and dissertation support services for students. Support staff will answer questions related to formatting requirements and guide you through Microsoft Word features to construct your manuscript.
- APA Style
The APA Style manual is the preferred reference style for the College of Education. The website provides information about the APA Publication Manual, including how to format a references page and make in-text citations.
- Writing Center, University of Iowa
The Writing Center is a place where anyone in the University of Iowa community can get help with writing.
- Purdue Owl
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. It includes an excellent collection of resources for multilingual English learners.
EndNote Desktop is a client-based bibliographic management software program for organizing and formatting citations for publication. It is free to graduate students.
- Grants and Research Services Center (GRSC), University of Iowa College of Education
The College of Education Grant and Research Services Center (GRSC) provides support for grant and research projects, training projects, and service projects in the College of Education.
- Kelly Hangauer, Education Librarian
Kelly is happy to meet with students working on their research assignments. Some reasons you might want to meet with Kelly include getting help to define your research topic, to develop a search strategy, and to organize your research materials. Click on the link above to see Kelly's calendar and schedule an appointment.