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 10-week enrollments, from September 5 to November 11. Fall 2022 enrollments are currently available. If you would like to request an enrollment, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The link to your consultant’s Zoom room will be in your appointment confirmation email.
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 email@example.com (or the consultant directly) to inform your consultant.
Is the writing center 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 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 students who speak English as a Second Language.
EndNote Desktop is a client-based bibliographic management software program for organizing and formatting citations for publication. It is free to graduate students.
- Grant 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.
Writing Resource Team
I am an English Education student through the Master's in Teaching program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. I've previously worked in the University of Iowa Writing Center for four years as an undergraduate, as both a tutor and an Honors Writing Fellow. Though I'm early in my career, I've worked with writers and readers of all ages in various settings, from primary schools to prisons to retirement homes. I especially enjoy working with writers who are in the early stages of a project (and may not have written anything down yet) or who lack confidence in their English-language writing ability. I also love learning from Writing Resource clients who work outside of my field, or who are experts within my field; it's a privilege that I'm happy to have. I look forward to working with you!
Jose Miranda Barrera
My name is Jose Miranda Barrera, and I am a doctoral student at the Teaching & Learning Department. Before I came to the University of Iowa, I resided in the cool and breezy city of Chicago, my hometown and pride and joy. I have experience in higher education, marketing and business relations, student leadership, and in developing resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and scholarship applications. It is my professional and personal mission to challenge, nurture, and empower people to develop the skills, knowledge, and capacity to reach their goals.
I am a first-year student in English Education. I recently taught English as a Second Language for two years in Taiwan, where I revised and edited papers for speech competitions across the country. I enjoy helping others in their writing process and giving constructive feedback on papers. When I’m not working I’m reading, writing, and river tracing.
Greetings! I teach high school English and Language Arts at Solon High School, and I’m working in the final year of my Master’s in Teaching for English Education. This will be my seventh year teaching, and it has been awesome bringing new knowledge and skills into my classroom from my graduate studies! While teaching, I have given writing feedback on thousands of projects, both high school and college-level, Ph.D. and graduate writing included! Giving writing feedback is one of my favorite parts of being an educator because I love learning new things and building connections with the writers I work with. Let me be involved in any part of your writing process, from brainstorming to polishing.
I am a research associate at the Iowa Reading Research Center in the College of Education. Previously, as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Iowa, I worked as an Honors Writing Fellow and as a tutor in the UI Writing Center. Having a BA in Spanish and an MA in Linguistics with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language, I am familiar with the challenges of academic writing, especially writing in a second language. Whether you are planning or polishing your writing, I'm happy to provide support at any point during the writing process.