The COW will be available until Dec. 11th at 9:00 a.m. or until our queue fills. After Dec. 11, we will close for the semester. We will reopen for student submissions on Jan. 18th, 2018
Need help brainstorming? Having trouble organizing your thoughts? Need ideas on how to improve your overall content and clarity? If so, why not seek assistance from one of our English department faculty?

If you prefer face-to-face help, schedule an appointment at our Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Writing Center. You may also drop in for an appointment, and a faculty member will work with you if no appointment is scheduled at that time.  Papers should be 5 pages or shorter. If you submit a longer paper, we will do our best to cover one topic concern (such as organization, thesis or transitions).  

Cedar Rapids (3067 Cedar Hall)
Iowa City (Room 134)

To access the COW (Center for Online Writing) please follow the instructions below.

Center for Online Writing

Note: requests for feedback are limited to 1 submission per week and 3 submissions per semester.Y ou are welcome to go to one of our face-to-face writing centers if you need immediate assistance.


After reading these instructions, please scroll to the bottom and click PROCEDURE:

English Department faculty will read your paper and provide general feedback, so think about asking us to help with the criteria for writing effective papers (see below). Because our goal is primarily educational, we do not proofread papers or correct APA or MLA style. Doing so would make us better editors but would not help you improve your writing.

Criteria for effective papers:

Purpose: Is the purpose of the paper clear and accomplished?
I'm supposed to be describing an event. Have I?
Depth: Is the topic fully covered enough to satisfy my reader?
Where would readers probably want more information, or where might they be confused?
Did I explain my subject enough? Should I include more information?
Focus: Does the paper exhibit a purposeful plan and maintain its focus? 
Language: Do any errors interfere with the paper's message?
Documentation: Are sources documented? [Note, we will flag areas of the paper that need documentation or inconsistencies in usage.] Please consult the APA and MLA links provided on the site; we are not responsible for making sure your paper is properly documented.
Other Examples: Does the introduction grab reader's attention and establish a clear purpose?  How might the paper support its argument further? (It sounds weak so far.)
I don't like my conclusion. How do you react to it?
All my sentences seem to sound the same. Any advice?

Specific requests from you will yield more helpful responses than simply sending in a paper and expecting a reader to fix it. Letting us know in what area you want feedback will make the whole process much smoother and help guide our responses.


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