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The UAS Writing Center

We advise students from all disciplines on writing projects.

Writing Center closed for summer; alternative writing resources available!

The Writing Center is currently closed for summer break. We will reopen this fall for the first week of instruction, beginning August 29. We recommend the following alternative services if you need help with any writing assignments over the summer. All are free to UAS students if you are logged in using your UAS credentials! (Purdue OWL does not require students to log in.)

Live Homework Help from Tutor.com

Need assistance on a paper (or any other writing project) but the WC is closed? Submit your draft to Tutor.com to receive comments from a real tutor in 12 hours! Simply create an account by clicking the link in the upper right corner of the main page and use your UAS email address for FREE access to tutoring. After logging in, select the "submit a paper for review" option at the top of the page and fill in the requested information to let your tutor know what you are working on and to upload your draft. Alternatively, you can select "connect with a tutor" for help getting started or someone to bounce ideas off if you do not yet have a draft. Tutor.com has tutors for many subjects beyond writing, as well, such as science and math!

Read&Write software

Read&Write is a literacy support tool that offers help with tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments, and proofing written work. UAS students have unlimited free access! Click here for instructions on downloading and using Read&Write through UAS.

Purdue OWL Site Map

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.

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When we reopen in the fall...

The Juneau Writing Center is looking forward to working with you! We can assist you at any stage of the writing process, from understanding prompts to making final revisions and everything in between. Our services are free to all UAS students, including distance learners.

Seeing a writing tutor is easy

You can make a 30-minute appointment by clicking on our "Appointment Calendar" tab at the top of this page. We offer in-person appointments as well as remote options. If you email us, please indicate what type of appointment you would like. If you make your appointment through our calendar, please indicate whether you prefer an in-person, Zoom, phone, or email tutoring session. If you have any trouble with the appointment calendar, please call or email us/

Note: Due to COVID-19 concerns involving the capacity of the WC, we can't guarantee immediate availability for walk-in tutoring. Please make an appointment to make sure a tutor will be available for you when you arrive. Walk-ins will be accepted if we have an available tutor, and we will help you as soon as someone becomes available!

If you are simply looking for a comfortable place to work, the WC has space and a number of available computers for non-tutoring students as well!

How to prepare for tutoring sessions

  • At least 1 hour before your appointment, email us at uas.writingcenter@alaska.edu with your latest draft and your writing assignment/prompt to help us better understand the project's requirements. If you do not have a draft yet and need help getting started, that's also fine!
  • Please be aware that, depending upon the length of your paper, we may not be able cover the entire draft during your half-hour appointment. You are, however, welcome to make as many appointments as you need to finish working on a draft!
  • If you do not email us your draft before the appointment, we can still help you work on it during your visit to the WC, getting as far as possible within the 30-minute timeframe.
  • Develop questions you have for us, or be ready to let us know what kind of feedback you are hoping to receive.
  • Provide earlier drafts if you'd like us to look at the changes you've made or your instructor’s suggestions.
  • Expect suggestions and comments from your tutor on how to edit and revise your paper. (We are not an editing service, but we will work closely with you to help you make and understand your own edits and revisions.)
  • And most of all, remember: to get the most out of your session, come in well ahead of your deadline. There isn't a lot we can do if your essay is due in an hour!

Who we are

The Writing Center, located downstairs in the Egan Library, Room 105, advises students from all disciplines on writing projects. We are a team of strong writers who believe writing is a crucial form of communication for any class and any profession. We aim to help you master your own writing skills through attentive, supportive assistance and a genuine interest in what you have to say.

What we do

We discuss your writing with you. After all, we think that's what writers need most—readers who are interested in their writing and who want to respond to it. We hope you will visit us often, with anything from your biology paper to the poem you wrote last night. You are also welcome to come see us if you’re working on a scholarship application letter, a short story on your own, or even a thought-provoking post on social media.

We can help at every stage of the writing process, from understanding a prompt (no draft required!) to helping you with a final polish of your assignment.

We also provide a variety of study guides to help you organize your essay, create a thesis statement, write your first analysis, master citation styles like MLA or APA, and more.

The Writing Center is a judgment-free zone. We want to help you regardless of your skill level or experience! We will assist you in editing your own papers and help you develop your own editing skills by locating grammar errors and teaching you how to self-correct your sentences. We work hard to explain grammatical concepts in plain words that you can understand. We don't tell you what to think or write but instead help you determine how best to respond to your writing assignments. We also provide feedback on content and organization. This attention to detail means we may only cover a short portion of your paper during your appointment, but you will leave with tools to apply to the rest of your revision. We also welcome you to make multiple appointments to work on any assignment.

For additional assistance outside of the WC, we recommend Read&Write software, which has an editing feature along with many tools to help you in your writing journey.