Writing Assistance

Location: The Learning Center, Seton Center (SET 156)
The schedule for drop-in hours can be found below - no appointment needed.  Stop by the Learning Center (Seton 156) to work with one of the writing staff members.   https://msjlc.libcal.com/
For the first week of classes: Jan. 17 - 5-7 pm, Jan. 18 4-6:30 pm, Jan. 21 4-8 pm.
Writing Appointments are available in person and via zoom using our scheduling form: Writing Appointments
If you can't match up with one our schedule, please submit a writing assistance request form in myMount. 
Zoom Consultations - by appointment only.

In the Learning Center, we focus on the process of writing rather than the product by helping nurture and guide writers through the intricacies and frustrations of this complex activity. We can provide individual consultation with students (and faculty and staff), no matter what stage of the writing process they may be in, and we are prepared to tackle any level of bewilderment! Bring speeches, cover letters, stories and poems, academic papers, personal essays, or any other kind of text you might need to produce. You'll get close, individualized feedback. Come prepared to be an engaged and active participant in the whole process.

This is because we are not an editing and proofreading service. We are guides, who will aid in the development of writing strategies that will help you become a more effective writer. Rather than passively watching someone “fix” the mechanics of your work, you are more likely to find yourself at the receiving end of a lesson that will teach you how to do it yourself. We hope to help you build upon your writing strengths, and we will provide a supportive environment in which you can take on and master the challenges that we identify together.


  1. Writing appointments are face-to-face (or via zoom). You can schedule an appointment by email or drop in while our writing consultants are scheduled (Fall and Spring Semesters).   Please bring any materials that you have prepared.  Also, our extensive collection of writing-related books is always accessible. (Summer sessions by appointment only; please email learning.center@msj.edu)
  2. Appointments are collaborative. We work in partnership with you. As you read your paper aloud, explain your goals, and come to recognize your strengths and challenges, we will listen, ask questions, make observations, offer suggestions, and teach the lessons we feel you need to master.
  3. If you have a draft of your work, please email a copy prior to your appointment. You don’t need to be at this stage to visit the Learning Center. Come ready to brainstorm and free-write, if that’s what you need.
  4. If you must cancel a scheduled appointment, that’s fine. Just please let us know 24 hours in advance, so that we can free up the space for others.  Students who do not cancel their appointments at least 24 hours in advance will be considered a "no-show".  Students with two missed appointments will need to meet with the Associate Director of the Learning Center in order to schedule further appointments that term.

Online Writing Center

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Guides to Writing



ESL (English as a Second Language)

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Guide to the Writing Process

Not sure how to email a professor correctly?  How about using email in a business setting? Attached please find very helpful tips and hints on how to do this the most professional way. Any questions - please reach out to The Learning Center for help!

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