Student Resources

The tools to tune up your writing

We offer a variety of resources for you to utilize throughout your FGCU career. Through personal tutoring or group workshops, you can master the skills that will make  you a more confident writer. Let us know how we can help.


Our handouts can help guide you as you work on a wide variety of writing assignments. If you would like more information on any of the topics below, let us know. If you would like to schedule an appointment to review any of these topics in more detail, you can do so here.

  • Citation and Formatting Guides

  • Writing an Essay: Step-by-Step

  • Grammar and Mechanics

  • Course-Specific  and Assignment-Specific Topics

  •  Computer Shortcut Guides 

  •  Additional Campus Resources



Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule

All workshops take place in Osprey Hall 2001. Individuals who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability can contact the Office of Adaptive Services at 239-590-7956, or by e-mail at, or via the Florida Relay at 711.


Distance Sessions

What is a Distance Learning Session?

Distance Learning sessions are available for distance learning students (students who do not live locally and take classes entirely online) and students who are unable to visit the Writing Center in person during our hours of operation due to work or other circumstances. Due to limited staff availability, we are currently unable to offer online sessions to students who are taking courses on campus and who are able to visit the Writing Center in person during the hours of operation.

Distance Learning sessions are similar to in-person sessions. During your session, the writing consultant will spend 30 minutes providing electronic feedback on your assignment in the form of comments through Microsoft Office Word. Please note that while we can assist you with identifying issues of style or mechanics, we do not edit, proofread, or make changes to the assignment for you. Your consultant will review and comment on as much of your assignment as he or she can during your 30-minute session before returning your paper. You will need to revise your entire paper with the consultant’s comments in mind before resubmitting for an additional online session, not only the portion that was commented on originally.

Submitting Your Paper for a Distance Learning Session:

If you would like help with essay drafts during the semester and are a distance learning student or a student who cannot visit the Writing Center in person during the hours of operation, please send:
  1. a copy of your writing,
  2. your assignment instructions,
  3. and a completed Distance Learning Session Request Form as MS Word attachments via your FGCU Eagle mail to

Allow 3 business days (not including weekends or holidays) for a Writing Consultant to respond. Additionally, please note that this is not a guarantee and wait times can vary based on the number of submission waiting within the Distance Learning queue.  After receiving feedback, we are ask that you revise the entire paper before re-submitting. Assignments that have not been revised in their entirety will be returned and you will be asked to complete revisions before resubmitting.***


What to Expect

  • Before the Session

  • At the Writing Center

  • During the Session

  • After the Session



Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I miss an appointment and forget to cancel?

  • Can I access my tutor's feedback?

  • How can a writing consultant help me improve my writing skills?

  • Do I need to have a completed draft of the assignment before visiting the Writing Center?

  • Will you proofread or edit my paper?

  • How long are the sessions?

  • How many sessions can I have in a day?

  • Can I have two sessions back-to-back?

  • Can I bring in more than one paper?

  • Can I email my paper for a consultant to review?

  • Will my instructor know that I came into the Writing Center?

  • Do you help graduate students?

  • Does the Writing Center help with dissertations or thesis projects?

  • Do you help with group projects?

Students writing

Writing Center

Library West 202C