Writing Studio consultants are available to assist you with papers and presentations seven days a week.

Fall 2021 Schedule

Atterbury Student Success Center (starting August 23)
Appointments and drop-ins
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, closed

Miller Nichols Library (starting September 7)
Drop-ins only
Monday, 1-10 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, 1-7 p.m.
Friday, closed
Saturday & Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Fall 2021 Writing Consultations

One-with-one appointments and drop-ins will be conducted in person and online.

Consultations are designed to focus on process not product. We want to help you become a better writer and develop solid writing skills for future projects. Our philosophy is to work with you, not for you. We’re not editors, but we’re here to help you become a better editor of your own work and to give you substantive feedback on your project so you can take it to the next level. Writing consultants are trained and prepared to help you at any point of the writing process. Whether you’ve just started brainstorming about a project or you are putting the final touches on project before turning it in or sharing it with others, the Writing Studio is here to help!

One-with-one consultations

Schedule your 30- or 60-minute, one-with-one consultations through UMKC Connect. When you have logged into UMKC Connect, please use "My Success Network" in order to schedule a consultation. You may also email us at writingstudio@umkc.edu with three (or more) possible dates and times for your appointment.

Please email your assignment sheet, the assignment rubric and your draft to the consultant when you receive confirmation of your appointment.

Schedule a one-on-one consultation

Fall 2021 consultations and drop-in schedule

Atterbury Student Success Center (starting August 23)
Appointments and drop-ins

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Miller Nichols Library (starting September 7)
Drop-ins only

Monday: 1-10 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: 1-7 p.m.
Friday: closed
Saturday & Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Visit the virtual drop-in meeting room

If you need help scheduling an appointment or dropping in, please feel free to email us at writingstudio@umkc.edu.

Why do I need to sign in using my SSO?

The Writing Studio and the university are interested in data that shows to what extent students are utilizing the Writing Studio consultation service. Information about the writers using our services also helps us think about how we can improve the Writing Studio. One way we collect such data is by having students log in and out of sessions. For online sessions, our consultants will need your SSO to log you in and out of your session.

Using Zoom for your consultation

Download Zoom on the device you will use for the session. We recommend you download it on any electronic devices you have with cameras and microphone/speaker setups to give you flexibility in how you communicate with the writing consultant.

Select the "Download" button for the first option (Zoom Client for Meetings). When it asks for your company domain, type “umkc” in the text box. Log in with your UMKC SSO and password.

At the time of your appointment, you will receive an invitation to chat from your consultant. You can let your writing consultant hear and see you by clicking on the microphone and camera icons in the bottom menu bar.

If you emailed your draft to the Writing Studio, the writing consultant can share it on the screen, but you should start each Zoom session with your draft on your desktop.

For your first time using Zoom, please log on a few minutes early to download the plug-in, try out the interface and make sure your webcam and audio are working.

Drop-in room Zoom instructions

When you enter the drop-in Zoom meeting room, you will be signed into UMKC Connect and asked to wait in a waiting room with fellow students waiting for their consultant. Shortly after, you will be moved to a breakout room where you and the consultant will have your own virtual space to work. When you are done working with the tutor, you will return to the main room to sign out.

Learn how to access Zoom

For help troubleshooting Zoom, please contact the UMKC Call Center at 816-235-2000. 

Email sessions

You may also get feedback on your writing through email. Each email session is 50 minutes. A Writing Studio consultant will give you both broad and specific commentary about the content of your paper, focusing on the fundamentals of expressing ideas and building arguments, such as structure, organization, flow and thesis. They won't proofread for every misspelled word or misplaced comma but will help you become a better editor of your own work.

When UMKC classes are in session, you can expect to receive a response from a writing consultant within three business days.

Submit your essay (UMKC students only)


NetTutor is a free online tutoring service separate from the Writing Studio and offers students a variety of modes to get help online (UMKC SSO login required). You can communicate with tutors via chat, audio or audio-video connection.

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