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.
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)
Some writing consultants are also available for online appointments, either via text chat or video chat, using a webcam, and you can easily make an appointment through our online appointment system. You can access our schedule up to 10 days in advance.
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 click here for more details.
We offer a wide variety of UB handouts as well as other web-based resources on professional and academic writing.