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Online Writing Center for Distance Students

The Duquesne University Writing Center has an Online Writing Center specifically for distance students where you can meet online one-on-one with a trained writing consultant to talk about your writing.

The Service

Consultants work with writing throughout your writing process, from outlines and notes to drafts and revisions. They help with brainstorming, thesis statement development, global revision and organization, grammar, citation, and other concerns. You do not need to have a completed paper to visit the Online Writing Center. All you need is a writing task and a willingness to engage actively in conversation about your work.

The Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service. Consultants do not correct or complete your writing for you. They offer a teaching service. It is more effective if you learn from your mistakes, and we want to help you become more capable and confident in your writing.

Sessions are 45 minutes and are by appointment. Please see the video below for instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

As a distance student, you should select “Online Writing Center” from the schedule drop-down list when making an appointment. You will need to scroll down to select this option.

Sessions are held in the Online Writing Center Blackboard site (look for the link to Online Writing Center 2015-2016 under My Courses) in a Collaborate classroom. You will be enrolled in this site when you begin the program.  Please note writing center services are only available during posted hours.

Detailed instructions for participating in a session are provided in the video below and on the Blackboard site. Please note the University will no longer be supporting Collaborate after Summer 2015, so the Online Writing Center will be switching to GoToMeeting or GoToTraining. Please stay tuned!

To Participate in a Session

To participate in a virtual consulting session, you will need a headset with a microphone. This allows you to talk for free. Prior to your session, you will receive an email with the URL to click on to access the Collaborate classroom. Please enter the Collaborate classroom the day before your session and run the setup wizard to ensure your computer has the necessary plugins and updates.

For Additional Information

The fastest and best way to get answers to your questions or concerns is to contact the appropriate person.  If you . . .

  • need help scheduling an appointment, please contact the Writing Center:  412-396-5209 | writingcenter at duq.edu | Schedule an Appointment
  • experience problems with Collaborate, please contact Collaborate support: 1-877-382-2293
  • need to be enrolled in the Blackboard site, please contact Margaret Barefoot: 412-396-5280 | barefoot at duq.edu
  • experience problems with Blackboard, please contact the CTS Help Desk: 412-396-4357 / 1-888-355-8226 | bbsupport at duq.edu
  • have questions about  the Writing Center’s services, please contact the Director, Dr. Jim Purdy: 412-396-1293 | purdyj at duq.edu

We look forward to working with you at the Online Writing Center!