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Writing Center

The English Department offers in-person and online tutoring through the Writing Center.

Our tutors, all experienced writers and writing tutors, can work with you on a variety of projects, including:

  • Essay Assignments
  • Business Letters
  • Résumés
  • Lab Reports
  • Personal Correspondence
  • Scholarship Applications

Tutors can help with any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to revising and polishing.

Our tutors do not write papers, serve as proofreaders, or discuss grades, but they do help writers improve organization, development, grammar, and other skills related to writing.

Writing Center Services for Students and Faculty
For students, we offer individualized half-hour tutoring sessions, as well as group workshops on topics such as proofreading, using sources, and research troubleshooting.

For faculty, we provide 10-minute "Writing Center Overview" presentations to your classes, as well as one-on-one and group consultation on topics related to teaching writing across the curriculum. We can also develop special-request workshops to meet the specific writing needs of students in your classes.

In addition to the Columbus campus location in 102 Columbus Hall (first floor of the Library), the Writing Center also provides tutoring services at Delaware and at some Regional Learning Centers. Contact our Delaware campus or Regional Learning Centers for hours and availability.

You may make an appointment to meet with a tutor at the Columbus Writing Center by visiting Starfish in Blackboard. Under "Services," click on "Columbus Writing Center", then "Schedule an Appointment". For help making an appointment, stop by the Columbus Writing Center, email, or call (614) 287-5717.


Columbus Writing Center Hours:

Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Writing Center opens the second week of each semester and is not open during exam week.


For further information, contact Shawn Casey, Writing Center Coordinator, at


To Access Online Tutoring

nettutorStudents may access our online tutoring partner, NetTutor, through any Blackboard course. NetTutor will connect you to writing tutors who can help with any writing project in any course - including English Composition courses.

The NetTutor link is available by clicking the green "n" logo on the front page of all Blackboard courses. You may need to select "Allow Pop-Ups" on your browser to open the NetTutor Window. When you click on the NetTutor logo in your Blackboard course, you will be taken to the NetTutor website where you may choose to chat with a live tutor, submit a quick question, or submit a paper for a full review. These links will:

  • Connect you to tutors who follow standard practices approved by the Columbus State English Faculty
  • Allow you to ask questions via an interactive whiteboard (when a tutor is available)
  • Or allow you to upload a paper for review in PDF format.

If you choose to upload your paper for review, you will be notified via email when your paper and review comments are ready to be picked up, typically within 48 hours.