The Writing Center, located in the Student Success Center, offers writing support to Mizzou graduate students. Its staff and tutors come from all majors and are familiar with a variety of writing styles and formats. Please note that writing tutors are not editors!
Writing tutors are available to help grad students improve English writing mechanics, (e.g., paragraph transitions, subject-verb agreement, or verb tense.) They can also help with any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming, to major structural revisions, to putting the finishing touches on a final draft. When a tutor meets with you, she/he will discuss your draft document and make general suggestions for improvement. To have a successful experience with a tutor, you need to readily accept feedback, study and apply what tutor teaches you, and dedicate the time necessary to improve the next draft of your document. The MU Writing Tutors do not offer editing services.
Online, department-specific tutoring is available for nursing, education and public health. See the Nursing Online Writery or Graduate Writing Support for students of the College of Education and the Masters in Public Health program.
During fall and spring semesters, walk-in appointments with a writing tutor are available at Ellis Library in the reference area. A signup sheet is posted on the door of room 151E in Ellis. This effort is supported by funding from the Office of Graduate Studies. The service is free. Ellis Library Tutorial Hours are Sunday: 4 – 9 pm; Monday: 11 am – 9 pm; Tuesday: 11 am – 9 pm; Wednesday: 11 am – 9 pm; and Thursday: 4 am – 9 pm. See what other resources the MU Libraries have to offer.
Editing is a detailed, time-intensive fee-based service whereby someone else reads your entire document and identifies necessary changes. For example, some graduate students hire an editor to proofread their thesis or dissertation before submitting it to a committee, but this is not required. If you need writing support beyond what a tutor is able to give you, the tutor will tell you that you will need the services of an editor. You may find a list of editors for hire on the Graduate Student page of the The Writing Center
GTA’s and Postdocss who are teaching a writing intensive course should pursue resources of the Campus Writing Program.
MU faculty are in the process of preparing an online course to enhance the scholarly writing of STEM students. The course will be offered through the CIRTL network.