English Department Writing Center

Welcome to the Writing Center and Digital Writing Lab

Service: Free writing consultation on all types of writing.

WC Location: Room 230 Stone Center and Online.

Digital Writing Lab Location: Room 228 Stone Center

Contact: 256-782-5455

Mission Statement: The Jacksonville State University Writing Center’s mission is to provide encouragement, support, and guidance to all members of the JSU community to actualize their fullest potential as writers. The primary goal of the Writing Center is to assist in students’ development in effectively expressing individual ideas through both written and verbal communicative forms. By offering both in-person and virtual consultations, the JSU Writing Center is committed to meeting students where they are, in terms of locale as well as level of writing ability. The JSU Writing Center acknowledges that the writing process is different for the diverse student population whom we serve. Therefore, we pride ourselves on utilizing best writing pedagogy practices to work with our clients. We do this on both the individual and group levels, through our writing consultation, writing workshops, and embedded English composition studio mentors.

Purpose: To assist students, faculty, and staff at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to final submission.

Consultations: 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.

Writing Center: Frequently Asked Questions

Sign Up for a Writing Center Workshop

How to Schedule an Appointment

Spring 2023 Hours of Operation

The Writing Center will be open for in-person and online consultations for all Spring 2023 terms from Monday, January 9 - Friday, April 21, 2023. Out of an abundance of caution, due to the close one-on-one nature of our consultations with students, our Writing Center consultants may ask for masks to be worn in face-to-face appointments.

Spring Hours


In Person (230 Stone Center)


Digital Writing Lab (228 Stone Center)


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed Closed Closed
Sunday Closed 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

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

Writing Center Consultations - Policies and Requirements

  • Student ID
  • Copy of assignment you're working on
    • Digital or hard copy: digital must be on laptop, not cell phone
    • Flashdrive, Canvas login, or Onedrive login if accessing assignment on the Writing Center computers
  • Assignment details - Send to the consultant prior to consultation
    • Prompt
    • Rubric
    • Due date
    • Class name
    • Instructor name
    • Instructor feedback, if provided
  • Specific goals - why are you coming to the Writing Center today?

If a student cancels their appointment three times within a month, their next consultation must be through a drop-in.

If a student no-shows (does not cancel their appointment through Navigate and does not show up to their meeting) three times within a semester, they can only meet through drop-ins for the following month.

Writing Center Consultations - Online Appointments

Technology 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, as camera and microphone on are required.

Checklist for Appointment

  • Student ID
  • Copy of assignment you're working on - 
Send to the consultant prior to consultation
    • Be able to share screen or attach files
  • Assignment details - Send to the consultant prior to consultation
    • Prompt
    • Rubric
    • Due date
    • Class name
    • Instructor name
    • Instructor feedback, if provided
  • Camera on
  • Quiet meeting spot
  • Specific goals - why are you coming to the Writing Center today?

  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.

  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.

Writing Center Workshops - Join Us for Programs on Writing

When: January 17, 2023, 3:30pm

Where: Stone Center 230

Mode: In-Person

Topic: Technology for Education

When: January 31, 2023, 3:30pm

Where: Stone Center 230

Mode: In-Person

Topic: Research Writing

When: February 14, 2023, 3:30pm

Where: Stone Center 230

Mode: In-Person

Topic: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

When: February 28, 2023, 3:30pm

Where: Stone Center 230

Mode: In-Person

Topic: RefWorks

When: March 14, 2023, 3:30pm

Where: Stone Center 230

Mode: In-Person

Topic: Plagiarism

When: April 4, 2023, 3:30pm

Where: Stone Center 230

Mode: In-Person

Topic: Citations

Archived Writing Center Workshop Videos

Presenter: Ms. Katerri Richardson

Topic: Reading and Understanding Writing Assignments

Reading and understanding an assignment to know what is required of you can be overwhelming, and you are not alone! This workshop will help you identify the overview and tasks within an assignment and give you practical reading tips to comprehend the assignment requirements fully.

Watch the Recording of "Reading and Understanding Assignments" Here

Presenter: Dr. Jennie Vaughn

Topic: APA Basics

We all have to write for classes, and for most of JSU departments, that means APA style. If you are still asking, "What is APA?" then this is the workshop for you. We will discuss the basics of APA style to help you get started on your next writing assignment.

Watch the Recording of "APA Basics" Here

Presenter: Mr. Nick Cates

Topic: Basics for ESL Writers

Communicating effectively is vital in university and beyond, but if English is your second language, this can be especially difficult. In this workshop we will explore ESL trouble spots in in academic writing -- in punctuation, vocabulary, grammar, and rhetoric-- and find ways you can improve.

Watch the Recording of "Basics for ESL Writers" Here

Presenter: Ms. Amy Carrol Bennett

Topic: How to Schedule Your Time for an Essay

One of the most difficult parts of writing an essay is finding the time to do so. This workshop will help you figure out how to schedule your time to succeed in planning and writing your essay.

Watch the Recording of "How to Schedule Your Time for an Essay" Here

Presenter: Dr. Allegra Smith

Topic: Social Media: Writing to Promote Yourself and Your Work Online

Social media can provide an excellent tool for creating a digital identity and footprint for young professionals, as well as a place to build one̢۪s network. This workshop will outline best practices for professional social media use, including creating a personal brand, entering professional conversations, and networking with colleagues and influencers in your field.

Watch the Recording of "Social Media: Writing to Promote Yourself and Your Work Online" Here