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Online Writing Center

The Academic LinkThe Link's Online Writing Center (OWC) is open to any student who needs assistance with any writing assignment for any VWCC course in any subject.

Writing Center Philosophy

Link Writing Consultants will respond to papers as readers with expertise in writing, not as editors or proofreaders. This means that while consultants will not "fix" your paper for you, they will use your assignment description and the areas of concern you have identified on your submission form to make suggestions and offer strategies that can help you fix your own paper. Our goal is to help you become a successful, independent writer and to preserve the academic integrity your instructor expects. Consultants can address only one or two areas of concern at a time, so please check only the most important. Once you’ve revised your paper based on the Consultant’s initial response, you’re welcome to submit it again for assistance with other areas.

Submitting a Paper

To submit a paper to the OWC, download, save, and complete the Student Submission Form. The form is a Word document and can be opened in Word, OpenOffice, Google Docs, and other similar applications. You can type directly into the text fields in the document. Be sure that you provide all required information: your contact information, a description of your assignment, and your areas of concern (no more than three). If your submission form is incomplete, the Writing Consultants will not be able to work with your paper. 

Once you’ve completed the Student Submission Form, email both your paper and the submission form as attachments (do not paste into email) to writingcenter@virginiawestern.edu.

Turnaround Time

Consultants will make every effort to respond to your paper within two weekdays. See table below for turnaround times.

Submitted By

Day

Returned By

Day

4:30 p.m.

Monday

4:30 p.m.

Wednesday

4:30 p.m.

Tuesday

4:30 p.m.

Thursday

4:30 p.m.

Wednesday

4:30 p.m.

Friday

4:30 p.m.

Thursday

4:30 p.m.

Following Monday

4:30 p.m.

Friday or Weekend

4:30 p.m.

Following Tuesday

Contact Information

If you have questions or need more information, contact the Online Writing Center at writingcenter@virginiawestern.edu or call 540-857-6185.