The Writing and Communication Center

Center for Academic Success and Achievement

The Writing and Communication Center (WCC) offers free one-on-one tutoring in writing, public speaking, and other forms of communication to all Hamline undergraduate and graduate students. Through discussion-based sessions with our peer tutors, students of all skill levels learn how to express their ideas more effectively and are empowered to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals through communication.

Making an appointment

You can sign up for a 30- or 60-minute time slot by selecting the “Make an Appointment” button below, which will take you to the log-in screen of WCOnline, our scheduling system. First-time users need to register for an account; this system is separate from the log-in information you use to access email and Canvas. Once you log into the schedule, select the white time slot of your choice to fill out an appointment form. After you select “create appointment” at the bottom of the form, the square will turn yellow. At that point, your online appointment is officially scheduled.

Make an Appointment

If you make an in-person appointment, please meet us at the Writing and Communication Center on the lower level of Bush Memorial Library. You can find us by going down the stairs to the right of the Central Service Desk or by using the first-floor elevator.

If you make an online appointment, please log back in to the schedule five minutes before the start of your appointment. Select your yellow appointment slot, and then select the green “Join Online Consultation” link that appears toward the top of the form that pops up. This will start a video chat, so be sure your webcam and microphone are working. Your tutor will join you shortly and explain how to share your document with us. All online appointments are conducted on Central Time.

If you don’t want to meet with a tutor directly, you can schedule an asynchronous online review. If you choose this option, your tutor will independently provide feedback on your document during your scheduled time; you do not need to be present for the review. Please add a Google Doc link in the “Additional Notes” section of the appointment form or send your paper to your tutor at their Hamline email address. You should also leave clear instructions or questions for your tutor in the “Additional Notes” section or in the document itself. You can check your Google Doc or Hamline inbox for your tutor’s feedback after the scheduled review time. Tutors can usually review 2–3 pages in half an hour and 4–6 pages in an hour, depending on the depth of help you request and the complexity of the paper. Addressing long or especially challenging projects usually requires multiple appointments. All asynchronous online reviews are conducted on Central Time.

About the Writing Center

Appointment policies

By making an appointment with the Writing and Communication Center, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our policies.

For faculty

Our peer tutors complement your classroom instruction by helping your students with any writing- or communication-related project. Tutors emphasize tools and strategies that students can transfer to other tasks in your class or elsewhere. In addition to our tutoring, we offer class visits, teaching support, and other resources.