The Writing Center (Kirk 120) serves students, faculty, and staff in your efforts to communicate more effectively through writing. We help writers become better writers.
We can work with you during any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming through adding the final touches. We can work with you in any writing situation¹, from case studies and feasibility reports to research papers and personal statements for graduate school, and everything in between and around. Even if you want to work on the basics—grammar, vocabulary, general—we can do that.
WRITING CENTER SERVICE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
While Truman classes are being served online in response to the outbreak (starting March 16, 2020), the Writing Center will hold all consultations online.
How? We’ll use either the chat feature within Google Drive/Docs or a Zoom video- and/or audio-conference (http://zoom.us). Make the choice on the appointment form. In either case, share your document (as a Google doc) with the consultant before your appointment time (at least 24 hours before if longer than 7 pages). Your consultant will contact you at the appointed time (email or on the document).
ZOOM NOTES! On the scheduler, look at the consultant’s name. If it says “NO ZOOM,” then Zoom is currently unavailable for that consultant. It’s best to download the app ahead of time. Video is not necessary; you can turn off your video and just use audio and screen sharing. Audio is more effective than chat alone.
SHARING GOOGLE DOCS
There are three ways to share a Google doc with your consultant:
- Open your appointment form and find the consultant’s name and email address at the top of the form. Use that email address when you click on the blue “Share” button in the upper right of your Google doc. Make sure you allow the consultant to edit your document (there should be a pencil icon to the right of the email address field).
- Do the above, but share it with email@example.com. The Writing Center Director will then send the link to the consultant.
- When you click on the blue “Share” button in your Google doc, you’ll see “Get a shareable link” in the upper right of the pop-up box. You can copy and paste that link into the “Concerns” box of your appointment form.
As always, all group members are required to be present during a consultation for a group paper. Follow the directions above for group papers. Just make sure the writing is shared with everyone involved.
Scheduler: http://truman.mywconline.com – register (if you haven’t) and then find the white space (day/time) that works for you. Click on it. Fill out the form. Send or link to your work.
You should take a look at the general policies first. The scheduler link is at the bottom of the policies page. The scheduler defines our hours of operation (typically 8 am-5 pm, M-Th; 8 am-3 pm, F, and some weekend and evening hours).
Faculty members should check out our faculty resources collection.
If you have questions, call (660) 785-4484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.