Writing Center

About the Writing Center

What We Do

The Writing Center is open for the Fall 2020 semester!

Due to the university's shift to remote instruction and services, the Writing Center is now offering all appointments in an online format. To schedule an online appointment, see "Visit the Writing Center" below. 

The Writing Center offers Howard students one-on-one sessions, both in-person and online, with trained graduate and undergraduate tutors. Tutors address a variety of academic writing issues, including...

  • interpreting writing assignments;
  • brainstorming and generating ideas;
  • organizing an essay or paper (thesis statements, topic sentences, paragraphs, etc.);
  • navigating the research process (selecting, using, and citing sources);
  • proofreading techniques;
  • identifying and addressing recurrent issues in grammar, usage, and mechanics;


...and much more! Schedule an appointment and visit us today!

Fall 2020 Hours

All hours currently indicate online appointments. 

Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

Contact Us

By email: coaswritingcenter@gmail.com 
In-person: Locke Hall, Room 100 (currently unavailable)

Interim Director 
Dr. Khalila Brown
kcbrown@Howard.edu

Our Policies and Procedures

Scheduling Your Tutorial Session

  • You must have an appointment to see a tutor. Schedule your tutorial appointment using the link below. Please make sure you are logged-in to your Howard University student e-mail account to schedule your appointment.
  • Tutors need time to help you make your writing more effective; therefore, you should schedule a session at least a day prior to your assignment deadline.
  • Tutorial sessions are limited to 45 minutes per person.
  • Although your papers are interesting, time constraints permit us to read one paper per student per day.
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so online through your Google Calendar or contact the Writing Center by email or phone BEFORE your session begins.

Preparing for Your Tutorial Session

  • For online appointments, your tutor will wait 10 minutes to receive your emailed document. If your document is not emailed by 25 minutes past the hour, then your online appointment will be canceled.
  • Please be prepared to provide a .doc/.docx or .pdf copy of your document using the file sharing and/or screen sharing options in Micorsoft Teams. You may also provide assignment instructions, any feedback you have received from your professor, or you referral form if you have one.

Getting the Most Out of Your Tutorial Session

  • Tutors do NOT provide editorial services. Your tutor will review your paper and offer suggestions to make your writing more effective.
  • Tutors may not type directly into student papers. Please feel free to take notes during your session.
  • Your tutor may not be able to address every concern in your paper. To make your sessions most effective, you should plan to schedule multiple appointments for a single paper.

Visit the Writing Center

Schedule Your Online Appointment Below

For the Fall 2020 semester, please follow these instructions to schedule your online Writing Center appointment. 

Step 1: Navigate to the Writing Center's Bookings page.

Step 2: Sign-in to your Howard student email account (firstname.lastname@bison.howard.edu).

Step 3: Select the appropriate appointment session: Online Tutoring Session or Online Tutoring Session (Graduate Students).

Step 4: The calendar will now appear. Choose a date and time for your appointment.

Step 5: Scroll down to the “Add your details” section. Include your name and your email address. Use the “Notes” box to inform your tutor of any requests you may have concerning your appointment.

Step 6Scroll down to the “Provide Additional Information” section. Choose the response that best fits the nature of the appointment. (You can also provide a detailed explanation in the “Notes” box.)

Step 7: Click “Book” to confirm your appointment. A confirmation of the appointment will be sent to the email address you provided. The confirmation email will also contain the link to the tutoring session in Microsoft Teams. Do not delete this email!

Step 8: Be sure to install Microsoft Teams before your appointment. Use the guidelines provided here to complete the installation.

Note: Tutors will only provide feedback on Microsoft Word documents (.docx/.doc) or pdf. You may also submit supporting documents such as assignment sheets or instructor feedback. Include your specific questions or concerns in the “Notes” section when booking your appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment, you can do so via the link at the bottom of the confirmation email. You can also send an email to coaswritingcenter@gmail.com to have a staff member cancel your appointment on your behalf.