Welcome to the Writing Center - Write your future

The Writing Center serves as a student-centered resource for the UT Dallas community. We offer consultations at no charge, providing help at any stage of the writing process and with any kind of writing assignment or personal essay.

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Our writing tutors are graduate students, representing various disciplines, including Humanities, Technical Writing, and ESL instruction.

Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled appointments are encouraged. Scheduled sessions typically last 45 minutes, but walk-in sessions have a limit of 30 minutes. Please bring a copy of your assignment, a printed copy of your work, and your Comet card.

You may schedule up to 2 appointments each week, but they must be on different days. Appointments are not necessary during drop-in hours.

To help us help you, please use our checklist and bring it to your tutoring session.


Who can use the Writing Center?

You must be a currently enrolled student of UT Dallas.

How do I make an appointment?

Drop by MC 1.206 or call (972) 883-6707

It is always best to arrange for a session in advance because students who have scheduled consultations have priority over those who drop in for an appointment.

You can make only one appointment at a time. After you have either attended a session or canceled a previously made appointment, you can schedule another appointment.

How can the Writing Center help me?

In the spirit of collaboration, we give advice and make suggestions in order to help you develop as a writer. Typically, the concerns that students bring to the Center include but are not limited to:

  • Finding a topic for a paper
  • Organizing ideas and clarifying thoughts
  • Drafting and revising papers
  • Documenting sources
  • Preparing for essay exams

At the Writing Center, we will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your paper and discuss strategies for improvement with you. We will also address any questions you have about the rules and conventions related to your writing assignment.

Because the help we provide is intended to foster independence, we do not proofread or edit papers. However, we will help you improve your proofreading and editing skills.

Can you estimate my grade on an assignment?

We do not assess your writing in terms of the grade that it might receive. It is the role of your instructor to evaluate your written work by assigning it a grade.

Our purpose is to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere in which to help you become a more independent writer.

How much time should I allot for a consultation?

Scheduled consultations typically last 45 minutes and are limited to two per week per student. However, the appointments may not be on the same day. Walk-in sessions do not last more than 30 minutes and count towards the appointment total.

Can we make appointments for group projects and papers?

The Writing Center welcomes students working together on a group project; however, because the nature of such work is collaborative, we ask that all members of the group attend the session.

Alternatively, a student who wishes to work on his or her individual assignment for a group project can arrange for a one-to-one consultation.

Can I make appointments for take-home exams?

The Student Success Center Writing Center does not assist students with take-home essay exams without prior approval as noted in the course syllabus, exam instructions, or an instructor email message to christopher.heffner@utdallas.edu.

What if I need to cancel my appointment or arrive late?

Students will be considered "no-shows" if they fail to notify the Writing Center at least an hour before their scheduled consultation. No-shows may not make another appointment during the same week in which they fail to show up.

Students who do not show up within five minutes of their scheduled appointment time forfeit their appointment to a walk-in student. Students who do not show up within fifteen minutes of their scheduled appointment time are considered no-shows.

How can I make certain that my consultation is as productive as possible?

Make your appointment well ahead of time and post it to your personal calendar. It is important to allow yourself enough time to work on developing the ideas or making the revisions that you and the consultant discuss. In addition, if you visit the Writing Center well before your paper is due, you will have the time to return for additional consultation.

The more informed we are about your concerns, the more we can help you.

Before arriving for your appointment, determine your objectives. What do you hope to gain from the session? For example, do you want to develop your topic, organize your argument, or refine the focus of your paper?

What should I bring to a consultation?

Don't forget your Comet Card!

Bring your professor's instructions for the assignment and a printed copy of your paper, which should be typed and double spaced.

Also bring any other relevant materials, such as the professor's comments on an earlier draft and class notes.

If you are working on an application essay or internship report,bring a copy of the writing topic.

If you're still in the process of generating and organizing ideas and haven't yet written a draft, bring your questions to the consultation.

Can you let my instructor know that I am visiting the Writing Center?

Yes. At your request, we will verify your visit by filling out a brief form that you can then give to your instructor.

Our Hours of Operation

McDermott Library, MC 1.206

Monday - Thursday    10am - 8pm
Friday & Saturday      10am - 4pm

Sunday Drop-In Sessions
McDermott Library, MC 1.206
2 - 5pm
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