UMKC is a campus full of diverse, busy students, and at the Writing Studio we understand that traveling to campus for a writing session is not always possible. As an alternative, you can seek advice electronically from your home via Skype or email. All online consultations are by appointment only and, as with in-person consultations, are restricted to a 50-minute session.
If this is your first time using our online services, please read our FAQ section to get started. Online services are available to UMKC students, faculty, and staff online.
Schedule a one-with-one appointment at one of our Volker campus locations. You must have an active Single Sign-On (SS0) to access the schedule and make appointments. Onsite consultations are also available to community members.
Email sessions offer you the convenience of having your paper reviewed without having to come on campus. Email sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes, and a Writing Studio consultant will give you both broad and specific commentary about the content of your paper. We'll focus on concerns related to expressing ideas and building arguments, such as structure, organization, flow, and thesis. We won't be proofreading for every misspelled word or misplaced comma, but we do want to help you become a better editor of your work so we'll be sure to point out recurring grammatical and punctuation issues that might cause some readers to stumble. We'll do this by giving you tips about how to identify and self-correct them in the future.
When UMKC classes are in session, you can expect to receive a response from a writing consultant within three business days. Submit your paper here.
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To schedule a Skype session, email the Writing Studio with three or more possible dates and times for your appointment and attach your project as a .doc, .rtf, or .pdf file. It's also helpful if you put "ONLINE" in the subject line of your email. We will respond to your email within one business day to confirm your Skype appointment. Once your date is set, you need to Download Skype to your computer (the program is free!) and create an account. Check to make sure your computer has a webcam and microphone (most laptops do).
After you have finished setting up your account, you will need to request to
add the Writing Studio as a contact before we can video-call you for your
session. The Writing Studio has two locations, and so we have two
separate Skype usernames; for your convenience, please request both. Our
usernames are mnl_writing_center and writing_center_5201. We will call you at
the time of your appointment.
NOTE: You must request to add the Writing Studio as a contact BEFORE your scheduled online session so we may confirm your request. We will call you at your scheduled appointment time.
NOTE: If none of these session options meet your needs, please contact the Writing Studio at (816) 235-1146 during business hours to discuss alternatives.