Writing Center

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Need Help with Your Writing Project?


We Are Here for You!

The Writing Center helps students at any level or ability to improve all aspects of their writing. We offer guidance at any stage of your project – from brainstorming ideas, organizing thoughts, and developing arguments to explaining concepts. We'll also help you become a better proofreader and editer of your own work.

The Writing Center typically provides help with writing assignements for various classes, personal writing, job or scholarship applications, and many other projects.


2080 Cedar Hall, Main Campus


Students can schedule an appointment or just walk in for service.

Schedule an Appointment


Summer Hours and Availability (with instructor Barbara Lau):

Monday: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 2 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday: 2 – 3 p.m.

Thursday: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Room 134, Iowa City Campus


Students can schedule an appointment or just walk in for service.

Schedule an Appointment


*Iowa City Writing Center Instructor Schedule TBD


Welcome to the Center for Online Writing (COW)

Whether you need general writing assistance or help with a specific project, we are open and ready to help!

Visit the COW Submit a Request


Note: Because our primary goal is educational, we do not proofread papers, correct APA or MLA style, or offer an arbitrary grade for your paper. Doing so might make us better editors, but it would not help you improve your writing. Papers should also be five pages or shorter. If you submit a longer paper, we will do our best to cover one topic of concern (organization, thesis, transitions, etc.).


Other Criteria for Effective Papers:

  • Is the purpose of the paper clear and accomplished?
  • Is the topic fully covered enough to satisfy my reader?
  • Where might readers be confused or want more information? 
  • Did I explain my subject enough? Should I include more information?
  • Does the paper exhibit a purposeful plan and maintain its focus? 
  • Do any errors interfere with the paper's message?
  • Are sources documented? Get MLA and APA citing help.
  • Does the introduction grab reader's attention and establish a clear purpose?
  • How could the paper support its argument further?
  • I don't like my conclusion. How do you react to it?
  • All my sentences seem to sound the same. Any advice?




Our Mission:

Our goal is to provide quality feedback for students taking courses at any Kirkwood location (including online) and for students from every discipline.

Writing Center faculty are full and part-time instructors at the college who are committed to meeting the needs of Kirkwood Community College's varied and broad student population. We embrace the Kirkwood Community College commitment to lifelong learning and welcome the opportunity to help you become a more confident and competent writer.