Missouri State University

E-Mail Consultation

Missouri State University students don’t just attend seated classes in Springfield - Asynchronous E-Mail Consultations

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. These comments will be returned to you as soon as possible, normally as follows:

For Papers 1-5 pages: 1-2 Business days.

For Papers 6-10 pages: 2-3 Business days.

For Papers over 10 pages: 3-5 Business days.

Comments are made using the "Track Changes" feature in Microsoft Word. For more information about this tool, please click "Track Changes Feature."

The last day for fall 2013 submission is Tuesday, December 3, 2013. We will reopen January 13, 2014.

Please email your paper or text to writingcenter@missouristate.edu


The Writing Center will accept submissions only from a valid live.missouristate.edu account! Student accounts are now formatted as follows: (student name)@live.missouristate.edu

In that email, please include all of the following information:

1.      Your first and last name.

2.      Your native language (if not English).

3.      Your Missouri State University connection: dual credit, satellite location, study away – (where?), online course.

4.      Your academic status (e.g., dual credit high school student, freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student, staff, faculty).

5.      Specific concerns and/or questions you have about your text.

6.      Provide the course number and section.

7.      Attach your manuscript as a WORD or RTF document.

8.      Type "Submission" in the subject line. 

The Writing Center is closed whenever the University is closed. Please see the Academic Calendar: http://calendar.missouristate.edu/academic.aspx

Rules for Submission

Submissions are read on a first come, first served basis.

Submissions are accepted only from a valid .missouristate.edu or live.missouristate.edu address.

Ten pages maximum are accepted at a time. If your manuscripts is longer than ten pages, please submit in ten-page intervals, but not before you've received a response from the previous ten pages. (Thus, a twenty page paper would take approximately four days to review).

Multiple submissions are not allowed unless they are for different course.

Please proofread your paper before sending it to the Online Writing Center!

You must be enrolled in an online course, in the Study Away Program, in a dual credit (high school) course affiliated with Missouri State University, or at a Missouri State University satellite location (i.e. West Plains, Mountain Grove, China, other).

Failure to answer the eight questions above will cause your submission to be rejected.