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  • Writing Desk

    The Writing Desk can help you identify “big picture” problems in an essay, and we will also work with you at any stage of the writing process, whether you are just beginning and need help outlining or if you’re stuck in the middle and unsure of where to go. While we are not here to edit or proofread your work, we can help you develop those skills.

    For the safety of our students and staff, all Writing Desk tutoring will be offered virtually for the Spring semester. We are still here for you! Please read the information below to learn more about tutoring sessions that are available.



    Virtual Office Hours

    Have a quick question about your thesis statement, transitions words, comma splices, or something else? Join us online for virtual “walk-in” hours to receive help. No appointment is necessary. 

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. - noon
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 - 5 p.m.
    To join us live, click here:

    Virtual Writing Desk

    Virtual Appointment Scheduling

    Schedule a virtual, 30-minute tutoring session via Zoom for more comprehensive assistance. Each tutor has different hours, so if you don’t see a time that works for you with one tutor, check with another.

    To schedule with Ashley:
    Schedule an Appointment

    To schedule with Penny:
    Schedule an Appointment
    Penny has evening hours!

    To schedule with Stephyn:
    Schedule an Appointment
    Stephyn has Saturday hours!

    Online Paper Submission

    The Online Paper Submission (OPS) is a good option if you do not have time for a virtual session, have spotty internet or limited access to technology. The OPS accepts submissions of work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please allow at least 24 hours to receive a response. For more information and directions for submitting, please click here:

    Online Paper Submission

    English/Writing Desk Staff

    Ashley Luster SSC Specialist (618) 468-4136
    Stephyn Phillips Tutor
    Penny Noble Tutor