high-impact reading and writing assistance.
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.”
Make an Appointment
In the 2020-21 academic year, the Writing Center will offer a full range of tutoring, both in-person and online.
In-person tutoring takes place in 346 McQuade Library (enter through the Math Center). It will be conducted using appropriate safety measures, including social distancing, face coverings, plexiglass barriers, and contact-free collaboration.
Contact-free means that no objects may be shared (including textbooks and papers). Be sure to bring your charged iPad or a laptop for electronic access to the writing you would like to discuss.
Please note that face coverings are required at all times in the library and the Writing Center.
Online appointments take place on our scheduling site, https://merrimack.mywconline.com/. At the start time of your 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. For the best learning experience, we recommend that you use at least audio, and possibly audio and video, during your appointment. If you do not have access to a microphone or camera, the tutorial can take place using a chat box.
See the 3rd link below for what to expect from your online appointment.
On our scheduling site, online appointments are denoted by the words “ONLINE, online only,” which appear next to the tutor’s name. When making an appointment, please note whether it is in person or online.
Need assistance? We’re here to help!
- For directions about how to register on WCOnline, view this video: https://youtu.be/uiRIuDXkvVU.
- For directions about how to make an appointment on WCOnline, view this video: https://youtu.be/G7whXuRre_o.
- For what to expect during your online appointment, view this video: https://merrimack.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=e6fac849-b997-48ea-b732-ab8301014728
If you have questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Sunday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Student and Faculty Resources
How do I use APA? How do I integrate sources to avoid plagiarism?
- APA—School of Education and Social Policy Pres. 2017 (pdf)
- APA—Writing Center Basic Guide (pdf)
- APA—Business Sources, McQuade Library (pdf)
- CMS (pdf)
- MLA (pdf)
ESL / Generation 1.5
What are some additional tools I can use to develop my English literacy skills?
How do you handle the big picture? How do you organize the overall paper?
Basics Needed for Academic Writing
Getting Your Message Across
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?
Writing in the Disciplines
What’s happening with writing in my course? What’s happening in my profession?
Girard School of Business
BUS1100 Presentation: Writing Center, APA, and Turnitin.com (PDF)
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
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.
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 network of campus offices and programs that provide students with support for learning beyond the classroom. Coalition members include Campus-wide Tutoring, the Research Center, the Writing Center, the Tutoring & Math Center, and the Study Partners Program.