Writing Center at Merrimack
Experience high-impact reading and writing assistance when you visit the Writing Center.
Location: McQuade Library, rooms 346-348.
In partnership with 21C, the Writing Center will guide your exploration of words and ideas through activities from brainstorming and drafting to revision and editing.
- We will assist you as you discover more about audience, thesis, essay organization and paragraph development.
- You will enhance your understanding about forms and genres of writing for professional, academic and personal audiences through explorations in style and structure.
Students have found the Writing Center to be a great resource:
“I have found the undergraduate tutors, graduate fellows and directors of the Writing Center to be engaging, knowledgeable and helpful. This is a wonderful resource for students and community members.”
“I always feel like I walk out of the center with not only clarification about a particular writing issue, but also armed with new skills or approaches that will help improve my skills as a writer.”
Appointments are scheduled and online appointments take place in WCOnline, the writing center scheduling site. At the start time of your online appointment, log on and open your appointment window. Click the link that says “Start or join online consultation.” Your Writing Consultant will be in the online space waiting for you.
- Watch how to register on WCOnline.
- Watch how to make an appointment on WCOnline.
- Watch what to expect during your online appointment.
If you have questions or concerns, please email email@example.com
Student and Faculty Resources
How do I use various documentation styles? How do I integrate sources to avoid plagiarism?
- APA Style Guidelines (APA Website)
- APA 7e (Purdue OWL)
- APA Business Resources (Merrimack College LibGuide)
ESL / Generation 1.5
What are some additional tools I can use to develop my English literacy skills?
How do you use the global issues of writing to create the overall structure and content of a paper?
Academic Writing Overview
Audience & Purpose
- Determining Your Audience (IUP Writing Center)
- Audience (by Ashley Morin, Writing Fellow, Fall 2017)
Writing Strong introductions and Conclusions
The ideas are there, but how do I make it look good?
Commas (by Danielle Morin, Writing Fellow, Fall 2017)
How do I learn to read more effectively at the college level?
Resumes/Cover Letters & Writing in the Disciplines
What’s happening with writing in my course? What’s happening in my profession?
Workplace & Career Writing
- Creating a Standard Resume (PDF)
- Writing in Process: Resume (Video)
- Creating a Standard Cover Letter (PDF)
- Writing in Process: Cover Letter (Video)
- Personal Statements (PDF)
Girard School of Business
School of Education
Formulating a Capstone Project Idea (PDF)
School of Health Sciences
School of Liberal Arts
Introduction to Spirituality: Research Writing
School of Science & Engineering Resources
- Biology Lab Reports (PDF)
- Technical Report Basics (PDF) (originally tied to an Industrial Hygiene course, but works for many of the Sciences and Engineering.
- Technical Writing: 23 Word Rule (video)
- Technical Writing: Hierarchies (video)
- Technical Writing: Audience (video)
- Technical Writing: Subject & Verb Proximity (video)
- Technical Writing: Whitespace (video)
- Technical Writing: Adjective & Adverb Use (video)
- Technical Writing: Jargon (video)
- Technical Writing: Development with Visuals (video)
- Technical Writing: Dictionary Use (video)
- Technical Writing: Organizing for Users (video)
- Technical Writing: Lanham’s Paramedic Method (video)
- Technical Writing: Parentheses (video)
- Technical Writing: Designing Posters (video)
- Technical Writing: Telling a Story in Pictures (video)
- Technical Writing: Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich (video)
- Technical Writing: Linear Wizards (video)
How to Schedule an Appointment
How to Register for an Account
What to Expect from an Online Consultation
How to Share Google Docs for a Consultation
Employment in the Writing Center
Your first step is to do well in ENG 1050: Introduction to College Writing. Then you’ll need to have your professor complete this form:
Once that is done, you’ll be hearing from us about your next steps, which includes enrolling in ENG 4920, a 4 credit, Writing Intensive, Experiential Learning course that will prepare you for work in the Writing Center.