Writing matters both in the classroom and the workplace.
The Writing Center at UB's Achievement and Learning Center provides feedback to students on any course-related writing assignment as well as personal statements for graduate and professional schools or scholarship applications. We believe that all writers benefit from feedback, and we love working with UB students on their diverse writing assignments.
Starting October 7, the ALC Writing Center will be hosting several events related to academic and professional writing on Wednesdays.
The new workshops series entitled Polishing Your Professional Prose: Tools for Effective Professional and Academic Writing is a series of four workshops that reviews major areas of effective writing. Please see Writing & Communications Workshops for more information.
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, the ALC’s Writing Center will be reserved for walk-in appointments. Students do not have to make an appointment beforehand and can come in with any writing-related question.
Online Chat Hours
During our walk-in hours, 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, we will also hold a live chat for those students who are unable to come to campus.
Please log into MyUB and click the Online Writing Lab (OWL) to enter the chat.
Late Hours @ Langsdale
Starting on September 9, one of our writing consultants, Mia White, will be holding writing consultations at the second reference desk on Langsdale’s top floor from 6-8 p.m. Students should sign up for these appointments beforehand using our online appointment system.
Wednesday, December, 2, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Details are forthcoming.
How it Works
Writing consultants are available to work with you on brainstorming or outlining ideas, and they are available to review your drafts at any stage of your writing process. The center is not an editing or proofreading service, but we'll give you the tools to become your own editor.
During a session, we will focus on the structure and organization of your writing, making sure that it is clear, understandable, and meeting your assignment's guidelines. Consultants are also happy to review punctuation, grammar, and style with you, and explain how to address those areas in your paper so that your writing meets the standards of academic and professional writing.
We currently offer three basic services:
Face to Face Consultations
Writing consultants are available for 45-minutes appointments. You can easily make an appointment through our online appointment system up to 10 days in advance.
Walk-in appointments are welcome, but we encourage you to schedule an appointment as we might be booked when you come in.
Online Consultations (either via text chat or video chat)
The Online Writing Link (OWL):You can submit your paper electronically using the OWL, located in the tools section in the MyUB portal. One of our writing consultants will review your paper carefully and return it to you with general suggestions for revision. Our goal is to return papers within two business days of your submission.
Please be aware that we can only offer feedback for up to five double-spaced pages, and our comments tend to be more general than you would receive in a consultation when dialogue is possible.
Throughout the academic year, we offer a variety of workshops on different topics related to professional and academic writing, ranging from Basics of APA Citation and Polished Emails to a new series of workshops focused on style and grammar for academic and professional communication.
We also offer a workshop to prepare UB writers for the writing placement test. Please see Test Preparation Workshops for more details.
We offer a wide variety of UB handouts as well as other web-based resources on professional and academic writing.
Sharea Harris is a creative communicator. Her favorite form is the poem, but her occupation as Facebook status rant-er may be picking up speed. While a creative writer at heart, Sharea understands that writing is best enjoyed when it first serves ones’ basic needs. As consequence, she enjoys helping people attain benefits in communication, composition, and language through classroom instruction, workshop facilitation, and writing consultation.
Sharea’s pleased to rejoin the Writing Center while completing her MFA in Creative Writing and Publication Arts.
Kristen is a candidate for her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at UB where she has also served as teaching assistant and a writing consultant. Kristen has her TESOL certificate and has taught English as a Second Language for over ten years, both in the classroom and as a private tutor. She loves to encourage other writers to find their academic and creative voice.
Mandy graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelors in English, concentrating on Writing. She started to pursue a Masters of Education at UMW with the intent to teach high school English. She left that program to currently pursue her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore, where she also works as a Writing Consultant. She was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a poet and cat enthusiast.
Mia graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, with a degree in English Literature and Art History. Returning to her hometown of Baltimore, she has since worked as a museum educator, a gardener and a freelance writer. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and exploring the city. She will graduate in 2016 with an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts.
Jessica is currently working towards her masters in Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, where she received her bachelors in English in 2013. This is her third year as a writing consultant. She loves the writing process and guiding others through its recursive twists and turns. When she is not at UB, she is deeply involved in relaxation research with three over-indulged cats.
Philippia earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and her Masters of Arts degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. Working with students on their writing is one of her passions. She has over ten years’ experience teaching writing and working as a writing consultant.
Isabell graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Ph.D. in American Studies and has run writing centers for the past seven years. The last two years, Isabell spent in Germany, creating a Writing Center for Academic English for mostly German-speaking students. She was born and raised in Germany, although her parents are from Slovakia. She speaks several languages, loves to travel, and enjoys vegan food. If not in the office, you might find Isabell at an Orioles game downtown when the Birds are in town!