Schedule an Appointment




Any Writing, Any Stage

If writing is involved, you can take it to the Writing Commons. Our writing consultants can help you generate ideas for an essay, format your lab report, create an outline for a speech, overcome writer's block for a novel you are working on, review a cover letter, and much more. No matter your project or progress, a writing consultant can help you get through it.  


For Students, By Students 

Writing Commons writing consultants are undergraduates from all disciplines, allowing for peer-to-peer feedback from a multitude of backgrounds. By scheduling an appointment, we promise a nonjudgmental discussion where you will be heard. Our writing consultants are trained to help you become a better writer through discussion and questions.  




In-Person Session

Choose "In Person" when you sign up for your appointment and your writing consultant will be waiting for you in the physical Writing Commons location! Arrive to the fourth floor of the library at your scheduled start time to talk one on one with a peer writing consultant.

Live Video Meeting

Choose "Live Video Chat" when you sign up for your appointment and your writing consultant will email you an invitation, inviting you to an online video conference through Kent State University Google Meet. Click the link in the invitation email to join the meeting, and start talking with your writing consultant!

Live Text Chat

Choose "Live Text Chat" when you sign up for your appointment and your writing consultant will send a text chat request to your Kent State University email. Respond to the chat request to start talking with your writing consultant! 

Text chat and video conferencing sessions are interactive. Your writing consultant will collaborate with you live to help you improve your writing strategies, to offer reader feedback and support, and to find resources with you. You will need to be on your Kent State University Gmail account for these sessions. You and your writing consultant can share files and interact much as you would in an in-person session. If you are unfamiliar with Google Apps, we have prepared detailed instructions on Using Google Docs.

Email Feedback

Schedule Email Feedback to schedule a session online, without having to be present at the Writing Commons or to be online with your writing consultant at the time of the session. In order to schedule an email session you will be asked to provide substantial information about your draft and about your writing process. The information we require you to send us takes the place of the give-and-take of conversation in an in-person session with a writing consultant. 

Email Feedback sessions have the same goals as in-person sessions: to help you become productive and successful as a writer! The Writing Commons is not a proofreading service, and we cannot edit and proofread for you. We can, instead, help you locate resources, and notice patterns so that you can learn to edit and proofread for yourself. Everyone at the university must be confident that students are doing their own work, and that work includes the work of editing and proofreading.

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Appointment PowerPoint and Quiz

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How to Schedule an Appointment

How to Self Schedule

Students can schedule their own sessions through our scheduler. For additional help, please watch the video and/or download the pdf below.

Scheduling Instructions Video


Writers must submit answers to questions about their work along with their paper to the Writing Commons to be scheduled for this type of session. For additional help to schedule, please watch the video and/or download the pdf below.

Submitting Paper Instructions Video



Walk In Sessions

Writers are welcome at the Writing Commons for a session anytime, even when all the appointments are filled. Walk in Appointments are given on a first come, first serve basis. Writers may need to wait until a writing consultant becomes available. Walk ins are usually less than 45 minutes, as they occur in between other booked sessions. We encourage students to schedule appointments to receive the entire appointment time. 



Note: Your writing consultant may be observed for training and professional development purposes by another member of our staff during your session. If you have questions or concerns about this practice, please contact our Director, Jeanne R. Smith, at