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Southwestern College Online Writing Center

The Southwestern College Online Writing Center (SC OWC) is a free student service for SC Professional Studies students providing one-on-one writing consultation with a Faculty Writing Consultant for the purpose of guidance in developing writing skills and/or gaining feedback on an assignment. The SC OWC’s goal is to provide writing guidance and support to help learners become stronger and more confident academic writers. The SC OWC provides:

  • One-on-one, web-based consultations available Tuesday-Saturday in a 30 minute session
  • Guidance at any stage in the writing process, including: invention, pre-writing, early draft, or secondary revisions

Online Writing Resources

Tips, tutorials, and guidance

How to Schedule a Writing Consultation

  1. Register for an account – Access the Southwestern College Online Writing Center to register
  2. Book an appointment – Once you are registered, log in. In the scheduling window, select the preferred date, click on an available time, fill in the form, and submit
  3. Submit your writing – Upload your document at least 24 hours before your appointment through the appointment window or through the SC OWC’s toolbar via the yellow “file” icon
  4. Attend your consultation – Meet your consultant via web conference to receive actionable feedback to develop your writing skills

Access a full list of instructions here or watch the quick tutorial video below.

Meet Your Writing Consultants

Bryan Corbin
SC OWC Faulty Writing Consultant, Affiliate Faculty
Bryan Corbin is a proud graduate of Southwestern College’s EdD program. From 2017 – 2015, he taught a range of English and writing classes in South Korea, China, and Qatar. He now works as a professor full time in Texas and is Affiliate Faculty teaching English and Communications at SCPS. In addition to a doctorate degree, he holds a master’s degree in English and a second master’s in Professional Writing. An avid traveler, he has been to 49 states, almost 50 countries, and all seven continents. He lives in the Houston area with his family and enjoys kayaking and rowing.

Melissa Olt
SC OWC Faculty Writing Consultant, Affiliate Faculty
Melissa Olt is a published author, an accomplished instructor of English, and a course developer and Affiliate Faculty teaching English at SCPS. She holds a Ph.D. in education, a M.S in curriculum, instruction & technology, an M.A. in English, and a B.A. in French. She is a current member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators.

Kristen Scott
SC OWC Faculty Writing Consultant, Affiliate Faculty
Kristen Scott is an award-winning, published author and the Editor-in-chief of her own e-zine. She currently teaches English courses for Southwestern College – Professional Studies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Literature, and is progressing with her Ph.D in Global Education and Comparative Literature. Originally from Colorado, Scott resides on the Riviera in Türkiye, where she has lived for several years.

SC Online Writing Center FAQs

Why should I request an online consultation?

Academic and professional writing is purposeful communication. Meeting the learner at his/her present writing level, one-on-one consultation with a faculty writing consultant can help a learner to:

  • gain clarity in the rudiments of writing structure
  • identify the writer’s respective strengths and weaknesses
  • develop skills in revision and editing of one’s own writing
  • become a more confident academic and professional writer

What kind of writing might one seek help with?

Come to the consultation to receive guidance at any stage in the writing process for help with any type of writing and/or writing-related issue, across the curriculum, with the single stipulation that one must submit a writing prior to the consult. This serves as a place to start and facilitates the consultant’s preparation ahead of the meeting.

Do the consultants provide editing services?

Consultants will guide the learner to gain clarity on writing concepts and strategies including grammar, punctuation, and sentence construction. The Writing Center does NOT provide editing services. One might consider editing websites such as for the opportunity to submit a writing assignment and receive immediate feedback.

What can I expect from a 30-minute virtual consultation?

In a typical consultation, the learner can expect to receive answers to writing-related concerns. The consultant may also recommend goals for the session and/or provide guidance in meeting assignment requirements. Depending on the learner’s individual needs and/or the specific assignment instructions, the consultant might guide the conversation in the direction of:

  • brainstorming and narrowing to a topic
  • thesis development
  • essay structure and development
  • topic sentences and paragraph development
  • prewriting and organizational strategies
  • audience identification
  • understanding and effectively using APA manuscript style and documentation
  • avoiding plagiarism   
  • revision and editing
  • addressing specific grammar and sentence-level issues

Online Writing Center Contacts

General questions:
Technical Support: HelpDesk

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