Writing Consultations

Types of Consultations

We offer three types of consultations at the Writing Center:


Online Consultation


Consultants and clients meet online, usually via the appointment software WCOnline, using a webcam and microphone.


eTutoring Consultation



Clients attach their work to their appointment in the appointment software WCOnline and receive feedback within the hour of their scheduled appointment.


Face-to-Face Consultation

Offered in Summer 2022 on a limited basis. Consultants and clients meet face-to-face, in-person in the Writing Center. 


Schedule an Appointment

The Writing Center uses the WCOnline scheduling system to manage its appointments.

Here are some things to know about online consultations:

  • You will need a microphone and camera to communicate with the consultant during the online session.
  • You can work on one paper per appointment. If the paper is longer than 8 pages double spaced, please indicate which sections the consultant needs to focus on.
  • Make sure that your phone number and email address are updated in your WCOnline profile, if the consultant needs to reach out to you due to technical difficulties.
  • Consultations are 50 minutes long.

Here are some things to know about eTutoring consultations:

  • You will not need to be present during that appointment to receive feedback. For example, if you schedule an eTutoring appointment at 2 pm, you will receive written feedback on your paper by 3 pm.
  • You can submit one paper per appointment. If the paper is longer than 8 pages double spaced, please indicate which sections the consultant needs to focus on.
  • You will receive summary feedback for your paper that can guide your revision as well as some in-text comments on specific passages. Please be advised that consultants WILL NOT change any of your paper, but will give you feedback on how to revise your draft.
  • Make sure that your email address is updated in your WCOnline profile.
  • You will need to submit your paper as a word document. We will not accept PDF files.
  • You will need to submit assignment instructions or some guidance on what your paper needs to accomplish either as a separate document or copy and paste them into your draft (please mark them clearly for us!).
  • Since consultants will have 50 minutes to review your work, you can expect to have up to 6-8 double spaced pages reviewed.

Consultation Philosophy

The mission of the Writing Center is to help writers at UMB build their confidence as writers. Our consultations are centered around a conversation with writers about their work, and we offer constructive feedback on how to revise their work. As part of that conversation, we will offer editing and proofreading feedback but will predominantly focus on overall readability and clarity of the writer's text.

Consultation Services

What types of writing do we review?

  • Coursework
  • Research paper
  • Master's thesis
  • Dissertation
  • Journal article
  • Abstract
  • Grant proposal
  • Resume
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Personal statement
  • And many more!

What kind of help can we offer?

  • Critical reading of your written work
  • Brainstorming
  • Outlining
  • Drafting
  • Revision
  • Crafting an argument
  • Incorporating sources
  • Self-editing strategies
  • Multilingual writing strategies
  • APA citations and format
  • AMA citations and format
  • And much more!