Missouri State University

Writing Center @ the Bear Claw

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OUR MISSION: Empowering Success through Improved Writing Skills

The Writing Center is a welcoming place for you to gain advice on any writing assignment regardless of the course or topic. Whether you are just beginning an assignment or are in the final stages of a project, we can help! Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty use this free academic support service to workshop papers for their academic courses, creative writing, speeches, presentations, course syllabi, and articles intended for publication. It is the Writing Center’s philosophy that improved writing skills lead to educational and professional success in college and beyond.

Please visit the "Scheduling an Appointment" page to book your appointment in advance using our new online system. However, no appointment is necessary...simply walk in the door during our regular business hours to be seen on a first come, first served basis. Writing consultations are free! One session per day is allowed.

Group Papers: Please note that the Writing Center consultants cannot edit papers; thus, all group members must be present in order for the session to proceed. Please book your appointments in advance! Should you have any questions, please contact the director under the Contact Us link.

 The Bear CLAW: A User's Guide

Hours for In-Person Consultations:  Spring 2014

Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed: Saturday, the final day of class, finals week, intersession, university sanctioned holidays, & whenever the university is closed.

Writing Consultants can only work on one paper per session!


The Center hires energetic and enthusiastic writing consultants to assist students, staff, and faculty in all levels of writing from all disciplines. Hiring begins after midterm each semester.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2014!

Students look to consultants for assistance and come to the Writing Center to learn something; therefore, the consultant’s goal is to work with the student. This is accomplished with interaction, as opposed to one-sided discourse. The consultant should ask questions about the assignment and about the student’s goals before reading over a paper or draft and should feel comfortable asking the student to make notes on the draft, as opposed to taking control and writing notes for the student.

For these reasons, consultants should be outgoing and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Application Process:

  • Complete the application and return it and supporting materials to the Bear CLAW, first floor, Meyer Library
  • Schedule an interview with the Director of the Writing Center, Michael Frizell
  • Provide the names of two faculty members who can speak to writing ability


Please visit the Writing Consultants page for more information!

LOCATION: 1st Floor of Meyer Library - in the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing)

Meyer Library 1st Floor

Electronic Consultations

The last day for electronic submissions for the fall 2013 semester is Tuesday, December 3, 2013.


Missouri State University students don’t just attend seated classes in Springfield…

By E-Mail: If you are enrolled at a satellite location, in an online class, or a dual-credit course, an e-mail writing consultant is an alternative way to obtain advice regarding your manuscript (e.g., a paper for a course, a thesis chapter, an article for a journal, a letter, an application essay, creative writing). Your paper may be in any stage of the writing process.

A writing consultant will read and give you an overview of the text's strengths and weaknesses.


Live using Adobe Connect: If you prefer an interactive consultation, the Internet Consultations functions much like an in-person appointment in the Writing Centerlike the Writing Center except the consultations are held using Adobe Connect®, instead of a sit-down meeting. You'll have an interactive, collaborative learning session with a consultant. During this session, your consultant will work with you to answer questions, encourage problem solving, and create a stronger piece of writing.This service is for those enrolled at a satellite location, in an online class, or a dual-credit course. Hours are limited.



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