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ARC Writing Lab
"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better…”  Robert Cormier (award-winning author)

The Writing Lab is a positive place that can help you in all stages of the writing process.  Don't know how to start?  Make an appointment with us.  Feeling unorganized?  Make an appointment.  Don't know what to revise?  You guessed it; make an appointment!

The Writing Lab has a lot to offer:
  • Schedule an appointment for a one-on-one writing consultation
  • Find help with understanding your assignment, generating ideas, formulating a thesis, or organizing your paper
  • Learn to revise rough drafts
  • Use computerized tutorials to improve grammar and spelling
  • Use one of our many computers to write your paper
  • If you're not able to get into the lab to visit with a tutor face-to-face, the next best option is to use the Online Writing Lab (see below for details)
Generally, it is a good idea to make an appointment a couple of days before the paper is due.  Why?  You'll have time to make the changes suggested by your writing tutor!  You might also have time to make another appointment for final revision before the paper is due.


If you are interested in using the Writing Lab's services on campus, please stop by or call for an appointment:

ARC Writing Lab
Barnes Hall 103
660.359.3948  ext. 1374

Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long. 

For writing tutor schedules, please visit the ARC Staff page.

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Online Writing Lab (OWL)
If you are unable to make it to the ARC during our open hours, we can still provide you with writing assistance. Submit your papers for review to our OWL!

For detailed information, click here.


Writing Tutor Training - Online! Writing tutors--click here to complete your independent training. Answer the questions as you go through the presentation. Don't forget to submit your responses to Tina!


 Please feel free to contact the Webmaster of the ARC site if you have questions or need more information:


 This page last updated: July 26, 2016
















Writing Lab Fall Hours:

Check back for updated schedule

Online Writing Lab available 24/7; allow 48 hours for response (not including weekends)

Writing Lab Supervisor
Tina Totten

Tina Totten

Student Feedback

"The ARC helped me find the help I needed to write most of my essays."

"My writing abilities have improved largely due to the presence of the writing tutors."

"The writing tutors are very helpful and taught me a lot."

Writing Lab Handouts
To help you with the writing process, grammar, and mechanics, check out these handouts:

Annotated Bibliography
APA Documentation
Basic Sentence Structure
Book Report/Review
College Textbook Hints
Common Irregular Verbs
Common Sentence Errors
Commonly Confused Words
Conjunctions & Parallel Structure
Conclusions (Writing Effective Conclusions)
Concrete/Abstract Ideas
Details:  Concrete, Abstract, General, & Specific
Development by Statistics
Essay Exams (Strategies)
Five W's
Making a List
MLA Documentation
Organization of an Essay
Parts of Speech
Punctuation Patterns
Quotation Marks
Resume Guidelines
Revision Considerations
Test Taking Stregies
Thesis Statements
Tips for Revising
Writing a Research Paper