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How Writing Center sessions work

In-person appointments: Students come in (Briggs 131) and are actively engaged for 30 minutes with a consultant. How to prepare: Bring your assignment sheet and rubric, your draft and any other resources (textbook, handouts, etc.) the consultant might need in order to help you.

Online appointments: Students are actively engaged for 30 minutes with the consultant. The student is able to paste a draft into our online program and the consultant and student will instant message one another about ways to improve the draft. How to prepare: Have a digital copy of your draft and necessary materials (assignment sheet/rubric, textbook, etc.) with you to refer to during the session.

To schedule an in-person or online appointment, visit: The Writing Center Website

For in-person and online appointments, the Writing Center does not provide "drop off" services—all sessions are active engagements between the student and the consultant.

For questions regarding our services, email Writing Center Coordinator Cindy Spires at

New Winter 2018: The Writing Lab in Briggs 239.

This is an OPEN Writing Lab concept wherein students can DROP IN and actively write their essays in a supportive environment. There will be a TWC Writing Consultant present who will be available to answer targeted, individual questions to all students present. The TWC Consultant will roam from student to student.  There is no need to call ahead since this is a drop-in. The maximum capacity will be set at 10 students at any given time unless otherwise noted.

The purpose of this Writing Lab is to create a space where students feel comfortable writing in an open, work-space environment.

Time spent in TWC’s Writing Lab does not take the place of individual, one-on-one appointments with TWC Consultants. The Writing Lab is more for solitary work with minimal, targeted questions asked to the TWC Consultant.  See posted POLICIES or talk to The Writing Center Coordinator, Cindy Spires, if you have any questions. 


    What can you do at the Detroit Mercy Writing Center

    • Engage in one-to-one sessions with trained peer consultants.
    • Work on any stage of the writing process.
    • Review your assignments, drafts, instructor feedback and questions.
    • Get support if English is not your first language.

    Become a Consultant

    Thank you for your interest in working at the Detroit Mercy Writing Center. Please read below to find out more about what we do and how you can apply.

    What We Do

    We work with students on writing at any stage and in any form. We can brainstorm ideas for an assignment on a blank piece of paper, look through a final draft and work on most everything in between. From start to finish, anywhere on the spectrum of student writing, we are here to provide support.

    As we consult, we:

    • Ask writers lots of questions about what they are trying to achieve.
    • Share the ways in which we interpret their writing and give suggestions that may help bridge any gaps in understanding.
    • Point out places where something doesn't sound quite right or where conventions are broken.
    • Anticipate what readers might expect and let students in on any unspoken rules of academic writing.
    • Share resources students may not have known existed.
    • Break a sense of isolation that can be a problem for even the best of writers.

    The result we hope for is increased confidence on the part of students and more complex ways of thinking about writing on campus.

    How to apply

    If this sounds up your alley, please print and fill out an application form.

    The form can be returned to the Writing Center (Briggs 131) or sent to Cindy Spires at We review applications at the end of the winter term for the next academic year.

The Writing Center is an important facet of the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Education. If you're interested in learning more about the English Department and our many degrees in CLAE, click below!

Schedule a session


10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

10 a.m. — 3 p.m
*Hours subject to change.
See semester schedule.

Briggs Building, Room 131
Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus

Phone: 313-993-1022

Contact Us

Writing Center Coordinator
Cindy Spires, M.A.
Phone: 313-993-1022

Writing Center Director
Joseph Paszek, Ph.D.
Phone: 313-993-1165

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