Working with the Writing Fellows

Getting writing help at SPS is easy!  

If you have a writing question, check the Common Writing Questions and Writing Guides to see if we’ve already posted an answer online.

If you would like individualized assistance from a writing fellow, we are happy to help! The SPS writing fellows use an online scheduling system called WCOnline. Please go here and register for an account using your SPS email. This PDF gives detailed instructions on how to register and make an appointment.

Once you’ve set up an account, you will be able to schedule face to face, online video chat, or written feedback appointments with us – whichever you prefer and is most convenient for yous. When you make an appointment please be sure to include your draft as well as the instructions for the assignment as well as the professor’s rubric. We will typically return feedback to you within an hour or two of your appointment time. 


We have have available hours during the week and the weekends, including mornings, afternoons and evenings, though summer and winter session hours are more limited.

What Happens Next?

You will be able to see the writing fellow’s comments in the margin when you open the document in WORD on a computer (often this function does not work on a mobile or tablet). Please  make sure the “show mark up” or “show comments” or “all mark up” function is turned on in Word so you can see our written feedback. 

The changes the fellow makes within the body of the text will show up as suggestions in a different color font when you open the document. You can accept or ignore these changes. If you agree with these changes you can select them with your cursor and hit “accept changes.”  If you don’t agree you can hit “reject” changes.

The Fellows will not fix all of your grammar errors or revise the paper for you; we are here to help you improve your writing by making suggestions about large-scale issues (like organization) and small-scale issues (like specific grammar fixes). You will need to take the Fellows’ advice and make any necessary changes. Some of these may be relatively straightforward to address, while others may take more time and thought. Instructions for revising your work based on the Fellows’ suggestions can be found here.

Once you have received our feedback, revise the assignment based on our suggestions and continue working until you are ready to receive more feedback or the assignment is ready to be turned in. To get additional feedback, just sign up for another appointment!

Remember, writing is a process, and it takes time!

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