Writing Center at Merrimack 

Experience high-impact reading and writing assistance when you visit the Writing Center.

Location: McQuade Library, rooms 346-348 
Hours: Mon-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sunday, 5-8 p.m.

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Call us at 978-837-5170 or email us

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About Us

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. 

  1. Watch how to register on WCOnline.
  2. Watch how to make an appointment on WCOnline.
  3. Watch what to expect during your online appointment.

If you have questions or concerns, please email writingcenter@merrimack.edu

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Student and Faculty Resources 

Documentation Styles

How do I use various documentation styles? How do I integrate sources to avoid plagiarism?

Documentation Styles



Source Integration

ESL / Generation 1.5

What are some additional tools I can use to develop my English literacy skills?

ESL LibGuide (Merrimack College)

Global Issues

How do you use the global issues of writing to create the overall structure and content of a paper?

Academic Writing Overview
Audience & Purpose






Writing Strong introductions and Conclusions

Writing Introductions & Conclusions (PDF)

Local Issues

The ideas are there, but how do I make it look good?

External Links

Grammar Girl

Purdue OWL


Commas (by Danielle Morin, Writing Fellow, Fall 2017)


How do I learn to read more effectively at the college level?

Strategies for Reading Comprehension (PDF)


How do I write a Literature Review?

The Basics on Writing a Review of Literature (PDF)

Resumes/Cover Letters & Writing in the Disciplines

What’s happening with writing in my course?  What’s happening in my profession?

Workplace & Career Writing 
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)

Writing Process

How do you get started, revise, and edit—by yourself, or with peers?

Getting Started
Strategies for Revising



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: 

Recommend a Student for a Writing Consultant Position

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.


What is 21C? 

Today, learning requires ever-increasing levels of information literacy, reading, writing and mathematical knowledge and skill, as well as a range of strategies for developing content knowledge. 21C (Twenty-First Century Literacy Partners) is a coalition of campus offices and programs that provide students with support for learning beyond the classroom. Coalition members include Campus-wide Tutoringthe Research Centerthe Writing Centerthe Tutoring & Math Center, and the Study Partners Program