The Online Writing Center offers the same individualized feedback as the on-ground Writing Center, just via Google Docs!  You can submit your written work to our online tutors and expect detailed feedback in 2-4 days.

(Note that wait times will be longer for Women’s College students as this service is created for students who cannot make it to the library. You are always welcome to make an appointment at our on-ground writing center instead.)

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Submitting a paper online is a simple, two-step process:

  1. Fill out a mandatory submission form. A tutor cannot review your essay without this form.

  2. Submit your paper with Google Docs. (Scroll to the bottom of this page if you need step-by-step directions on how to do that.)

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Who uses the Online Writing Center?

The Online Writing Center is a free service available for Brenau students across campuses. If you cannot make it to the on-ground Writing Center in Gainesville, submit your paper online! Our tutors read papers from across disciplines and are happy to help at any point in the writing process.

Can graduate students use the Online Writing Center?

Yes, they can.  Our Online Writing Center is an option for graduate coursework with papers no longer than approximately 10-15 pages. For thesis or dissertation work, our fee-based Graduate Writing Services would be a better fit for you.

When will I get my paper back?

In most cases, a tutor will return feedback within 2-4. For papers longer than ten pages, a tutor will get back to you with an estimate on return time.

How do I review the tutor’s feedback?

The tutor will leave comments on the right side of the Google Doc, much like you find with Track Changes in Microsoft Word. To see in-text changes, click File > See Revision History to see the tutor’s changes highlighted in a different color.

What if I want to submit my paper again after I work on your suggestions?

We’ll be happy to read it! Just make sure to fill out a submission form each time you submit the paper.

Who are your online tutors?

Our online tutors are all Brenau alums with extensive experience in writing. All the tutors worked in the on-ground Writing Center during their time at Brenau

Why do I need to fill out so many forms?

We need the submission form for record-keeping purposes. It also helps the tutor best to tailor your feedback; the more information you can give, the better the feedback will be.

The evaluation form helps give us an idea of what we’re doing well and what areas we can improve in. Is there anything you’d like to see done differently? Please let us know. We can’t fix things if we don’t know they’re broken!

 

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How do I submit a paper to Google Docs?

1. Sign into your Brenau email account.
2. Either click the “Apps” button (square made up of smaller squares) on the top right of the screen and select Drive,
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Visit Google Drive directly.
3. Either click “Create” to copy and paste your essay onto the document form,
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Click the “Upload” button on the right of “Create” and upload the file from your computer.  
**NOTE: Before uploading, click the pinwheel button on the top right and select “Upload Settings.” Make sure “Convert uploaded files to Google Docs format” is selected or a tutor will not be able to make comments on the document.
4. In the top right, click “Share.”
5. Type writingcenter@brenau.edu in the “Add People” box.
6. Your paper has been submitted. A notification will be sent to the Online Writing Center, and a tutor will review your essay. Once the tutor has completed their review, you will be sent an email notification. Click on the link in the email, and you will be directed back to your essay.
7. Please complete the feedback form the tutor will send following review of your essay. Your feedback ensures that our services to students are as effective as possible.