The John Carroll University Writing Center offers online consultations for distance students enrolled at the university, JCU students studying abroad through the Center for Global Education, or for other director-approved circumstances [note: online consultations are typically not available for resident students]. These sessions allow you to receive the same quality of feedback from a trained writing consultant that you would receive during an in-person session. We can offer feedback via email or through an electronic one-on-one meeting.

The Service
Writing Center consultants follow the same principles and procedures as those we practice in-person for our online consultations. Similar to what you can expect in O’Malley Center 207, consultants remain available to help at any point in the writing process on any type of writing assignment for any discipline.

Even though a student studying abroad or living and working away from campus is not able to sit down next to a consultant and easily converse face-to-face, the Center’s aims and quality of feedback remain the same in online consultations; the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service. Rather, we work  to help students become better writers through collaboration and conversation in any format.

Online sessions are 60 minutes and are by appointment only. Also, online consultations are only available during the Writing Center’s posted hours.

To Schedule a Session
You must request your online session at least 24 hours in advance so the Writing Center staff can prepare. Email writingcenter@jcu.edu with “Online Consultation Request” in the title, and share with us your day and time availability to reserve your 60-minute session (if you are studying abroad, please take time zone differences into account!). A consultant will respond with a confirmation once we ensure our availability.

We offer a number of formats for the session:

*a Skype video meeting; you will email your document in advance, and then you and the consultant can discuss it face-to-face

*viewing the document via Google Docs to chat about sections of text simultaneously

*emailing the document as an attachment and receiving comments via Microsoft Word; the consultant will email it back to the writer after completing the review

Please indicate the session format you prefer in your initial email request so we can plan ahead (we can always make adjustments if we run into any problems).