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/

You are welcome to make as needed appointments (up to two 50-minute appointments per week).  Appointment slots are available a month in advance. To schedule an appointment, visit our online schedule.

Appointments are also available as 10-week enrollments. Summer 2022 enrollments are currently underway. If you would like to request a summer enrollment, email writing-resource@uiowa.edu. Please indicate if you would prefer asynchronous document review or synchronous video chat appointments. Also note that enrollment space may be limited since enrollments are now ongoing.

Due to the COVID pandemic, 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 writing-resource@uiowa.edu. 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 consultant will provide a Zoom link for your meeting.

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:

  • Abstracts
  • Annotated Bibliographies
  • Brainstorming/Generating Ideas
  • Conference proposals, papers, and posters
  • Course assignments
  • Cover letters
  • CVs
  • Dissertation Proposals
  • Dissertation Chapters
  • Journal manuscripts
  • Multimodal documents
  • Power Point 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 at least six hours before your scheduled appointment time. 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 six hours of the meeting time. If you must cancel an appointment within that time period, please email writing-resource@uiowa.edu  to inform your tutor.

Is the writing center open during finals?
The Writing Resource is closed during finals week

  • 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
    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

Tamar Bernfeld

Tamar Bernfeld

I am a Ph.D. student in the Language, Literacy and Culture (LLC) program at the University of Iowa. I have an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology, an MA in Applied Linguistics, and a graduate certificate in TESOL. I have been teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) in community and academic contexts, as well as working as a writing instructor and consultant with both international and domestic students for 18 years. My interests include (but are certainly not limited to) working with multilingual writers as they transition from English “support” courses to other academic writing contexts, and exploring the ideas, practices and implications related to notions of “Standard” English in academic writing.


Nick Dolan

Nick Dolan

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! 

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

In 2022, I will be entering the MFA program in the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and I have also been a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Literacy, Culture, and Language Education program. My research interests include critical archival research and creative practices of artists who are engaged in various forms of social activism. I enjoy working with the College of Education’s graduate writers at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to polishing final drafts of academic and personal projects.


Jose Miranda Barrera

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. 


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