Writing Center

The Writing Center is a resource for all SMU undergraduates who need help with a writing—or reading—project of any kind.

30-Minute Consultations by Appointment

Whether you need help understanding a writing or reading assignment, getting started in the writing process, revising a draft in progress, or applying your teacher’s comments to subsequent assignments, the Writing Center offers one-on-one tutorials that we hope will send you in the right direction.Writing Center faculty can provide strategies that will help you learn how to understand reading and writing assignments, generate your own ideas, revise and edit more efficiently and effectively, and benefit as fully as possible from your teacher’s suggestions.

Even if you're not working on a specific assignment, if you think that you have a particular area of weakness, such as organization of paragraphs or use of the possessive, the Writing Center faculty members can teach you how to eliminate such problems, thus making you a more confident writer.

If you are working on an essay for a course, it is a good idea to schedule your tutorial well in advance of the due date, thus allowing yourself ample time for revision, a conference with your teacher, and perhaps even a follow-up appointment.

Schedule an appointment with the Writing Center through your CANVAS page.

Drop-In Consultations

Uncertain about citation form?  Need to look over topic sentences? For questions that don't require a 30-minute session, you can work with a Writing Center faculty member during drop-in hours. Click the navigation link for the Writing Center drop-in consultations schedule.

Writing Lab

In Writing Lab, you can work independently on your writing project with a Writing Center Faculty member available to answer questions or offer suggestions as you work. Writing lab hours are drop-in and available at the navigation link to the Writing Center schedule.