Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions About the EWC

  1. What is the Effective Writing Center (EWC)?
  2. How do I contact the EWC?
  3. Who are the writing advisors?
  4. How will the EWC help me?
  5. When should I submit my writing assignment to the EWC?
  6. What does EWC advice look like?
  7. What will the EWC not do?

1. What is the EWC?

  • The EWC offers a variety of online writing services and resources to all UMUC students and faculty, including those in all three divisions of Europe, Asia, and the United States, in both the Undergraduate School and the Graduate School.
  • The EWC provides 24/7 one-to-one online writing advice by experienced, trained advisors to all UMUC students. 

  • The EWC’s mission is to help UMUC students improve their writing by addressing a variety of writing issues, modeling excellent writing, and furnishing rationales for all comments on papers and through our various resources and services.

2. How do I contact the Effective Writing Center (EWC)?

  • There are several ways to contact the Effective Writing Center (EWC). Please refer to the About Us page for staff, location, and contact information.

3. Who are the writing advisors?

  • All EWC advisors are advanced undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and UMUC faculty.
  • We provide an intensive training program for our writing advisors, including mock student writing requests and supervised live requests.
  • If you are interested in becoming a EWC faculty advisor, please e-mail Dan Gallagher, director.

4. How can the EWC help me?

  • You can submit any writing assignment from any course to the EWC for feedback by clicking on the Submit to EWC link in MyUMUC, under Academic Information.
  • You can also e-mail writing-related questions to
  • You  can participate in self-study activities, in which you will learn about  aspects of research and writing, and can practice what you learn.
  • You can participate in the EWC plagiarism  tutorial module.
  • The EWC's Online  Guide to Writing and Research offers you a wealth of information on topics such as the writing and  research processes; academic integrity, documentation, and using  library resources; writing assessment and self-assessment; and collaborative writing and peer review.
  • The EWC provides resources and links to information on various writing topics, including prewriting, writing, and revising; grammar,  punctuation, and mechanics; research planning and implementation;  academic integrity and documentation; English as a Second Language; and writing in the disciplines.

5. When should I submit my writing assignment to the EWC?

Please refer to the EWC Suggested Timeline to assure that you have adequate time for receiving feedback and making any revisions.


6. What does EWC advice look like?

The EWC advises in four areas: assignment, organization, development and research, grammar and mechanics. Please take a look at our bank of sample advice:


7. What will the EWC not do?

  • We are not an editing service, and will not "fix" the grammar/spelling/punctuation in your students' papers.
  • Students who are having surface-level (grammar) problems typically also have problems with introductions/conclusions, organization, transitions, evidence, clarity, etc., and we address those first and foremost.
  • The EWC will not write any part of the paper for the student. 
  • The EWC will not comment upon the grade you assigned, nor suggest a grade for the paper.
  • The EWC will not compose any part of the paper for the student.