The OWL is now by appointment only. Also, please note that the OWL will no longer be available after the fall semester. Starting in January, the ORCA will be our only online consulting platform.
We're transitioning to the ORCA because we believe it is ultimately more helpful for students. The ORCA is an online appointment where you get to voice chat with a consultant over Blackboard Instant Messenger about your paper. This allows you and the consultant to talk through ideas as if you were having a face-to-face conversation, which is more useful for improving your writing than receiving one-sided, written feedback through the OWL. That's why we will not be offering the OWL next semester, instead focusing our full efforts on providing quality feedback through the ORCA.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a way for you to get feedback on your writing even if you can't visit the Writing Center in person. Here's how it works: First, call the Writing Center and make an appointment for your writing to be read. Next, submit your writing to us through our online system (see link below). Then, on whatever night you scheduled your appointment for, a consultant will read your work and give written feedback on it in the form of in-document comments and a short letter. Finally, the document containing this feedback will be emailed back to you for review.
We're adjusting our online consulting strategies to better serve you. By asking you to schedule a specific night when your writing will be reviewed by a consultant, we can guarantee you will receive feedback that same night. This will make it easier for you to plan ahead and revise your writing before it's due. It will also make it easier for us to make budget projections so we can continue to improve our services.
To make an appointment, please call the Writing Center at 719 255 4336. You cannot make OWL appointments through our online scheduling system (WCOnline).
If you have already scheduled an appointment, please click here to submit your writing. If you submit your writing without first scheduling an appointment, we cannot provide feedback on it.