English Department Writing Center

To keep our JSU community safe, the Writing Center is only offering virtual online consultations by appointment for Fall 2020.

Service: Free writing consultation

Location: Room 230 Stone Center and Online (Fall 2020 - Virtual Online Consultations only, Room 230 closed)

Fall 2020 Hours: The Writing Center will be open virtually for Fall 2020 Term September 8, 2020 through December 2, 2020.

Fall Hours are as follows:
Mondays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All times are Central Standard Time

(Available appointment times show in Navigate when you schedule your appointment.)

Writing Center Mission Statement: To assist students, faculty, and staff at any point in the writing process, from invention to revision.

The purpose of a Writing Center consultation is to guide students through various aspects of the writing process and rhetorical and documentation styles as needed and specified by the student. The Writing Center is not an editing service. As such, not all mistakes in your essay will be corrected when leaving the consultation, and we cannot promise grades. Instead our goal is to help students focus on and better understand areas in which they are struggling within the writing process.

Each consultation is 30 minutes in length, and students may schedule no more than two consultations per week.  Missing scheduled appointments may result in not being able to schedule future consultations.


Undergraduate Students: Schedule a Writing Center Online Appointment

Instructions for Scheduling a Writing Center Online Appointment


Graduate Students: Schedule a Writing Center Online Appointment

At this time, Navigate is not configured to allow graduate students to make appointments. Therefore, please contact Writing Center Coordinator Ms. Mysti Nichols directly at mnichols1@jsu.edu to schedule an appointment.


Online Consultation Requirements:

  1. Have a JSU email account.
  2. Be able to log in to your Office 365 account.
  3. Have access to a computer with audio and visual capabilities.

Online Writing Center Consultation Procedures and Policies:

  1. The purpose of an online Writing Center consultation is to guide students through various aspects of the writing process and rhetorical and documentation styles as needed and specified by the student. The Writing Center is not an editing service. As such, not all mistakes in your essay will be corrected when leaving the consultation, and we cannot promise grades. Instead our goal is to help students focus and better understand areas in which they are struggling within the writing process.
  2. For your online consultation, you will meet via the Office 365 Teams app with a Writing Center consultant during a scheduled time and work on student-identified goals and weaknesses.
  3. Students need to be on time for scheduled appointments.
    • If a student is late to an appointment, extra time cannot be extended. The appointment will end at the originally scheduled time.
  4. Students may make no more than two 30-minute appointments per week.
  5. Students will need to have the required materials (see above) for an online consultation to be possible.
  6. Students will need to understand the purpose of online Writing Center consultations as described in the section above.
  7. Consultants have the right to cancel an appointment for any student behavior deemed unacceptable.
  8. As this is a video consultation, students and anyone who might appear in the video must be fully clothed.

How to Prepare for Your Consultation:

  1. Be prepared to answer the following questions at the beginning of your consultation:
    • What is your name?
    • What course is this assignment for?
    • Who is the instructor of this course?
    • What type of assignment is this consultation for?
    • What are you hoping to get out of this session? (e.g. getting started on my essay, essay organization, revision consultation, etc…)
    • What are the main areas you are wanting to focus on for this session? (e.g. organization, comma splices, etc…)
  2. Open the document about which you are meeting with a consultant.
  3. Make sure you are logged in to your GEM account.
  4. Select the Office 365 apps button at the top left-hand corner of your email screen.
  5. Select Teams app from the menu.
    • If you want the full capabilities of Teams and this consultation, you may want to download the desktop app. You can do this using the download button in the bottom left corner of the online Teams app.
    • This desktop app will give you the additional options of blurring your background, recording the session, Closed Captions, immersive reader, translation, and more...
  6. Answer the call when your consultant calls.
    • Be sure to allow video and audio options.
  7. Using the share screen option, share your screen with your consultant and pull up your document.
  8. Proceed with the consultation.