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• Online Writing Lab (OWL)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Allen Writing Center located?
The Writing Center is in the southwest corner of the Allen Library on Allen Community College's campus in Iola. At the Burlingame Campus, the Writing Center is in Room 112, and all students can receive help with their writing tasks through the Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Who can use the Writing Center?
Anyone who needs help with any writing project will find a visit beneficial. The Writing Center is free and can assist students with English essays, biology reports, history research papers or any other course assignment. It also can aid with the development of resumes and writing letters of applications for scholarships or to universities.

What kind of help can be found at the Writing Center?
We can help students in any stage of their writing, whether it’s developing an idea, organizing thoughts, outlining, thesis statements, drafting, sentence and paragraph developments, grammar and mechanics or polishing a paper. There are no grades assessed and consultations are conducted in a relaxed, one-on-one atmosphere.

Do I have to make an appointment?
No, an appointment is not necessary but can be made if that’s more convenient for the student. Regular office hours are maintained in the Writing Center, and drop-in visits are welcome during those times. To make an appointment, stop by the Writing Center and consult with its coordinator, Bruce Symes, or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Appointments also can be made at the Burlingame WC, with Math Center Coordinator Jerry Vincent. Check postings on both the Iola and Burlingame campuses for this semester’s Writing Center hours of operation.

When should I come to the Writing Center?
Visits are encouraged at any and all stages of a writing task, whether a student needs help developing a topic for an assignment, is organizing his or her writing project, wants a consultation about a first draft, would like help polishing an essay. However, students should not expect to visit the Writing Center a couple of hours before an assignment is due and benefit greatly from the session. Time is needed to revise or rewrite papers based on what is discussed during the consultation, and more than one visit might be necessary.

What if I can’t visit the Writing Center on the Iola campus? How can I get help if I attend Allen at Burlingame or another outreach site?
The Allen Writing Center offers an online writing lab (OWL) for consultations with students about their writing projects over the Internet. To access the Allen OWL, visit the Writing Center webpage through the Allen website, www.allencc.edu. Click on the “Academic Support” or “How do I …” link along the left-hand side of the page and then click on “Writing Center” to access the WC web page and OWL form.

What does the Writing Center not do for writers?
The Writing Center will not give homework or assign grades. We also will not provide a proofreading service for papers. We will, however, identify patterns of problems in grammar, punctuation and other mechanical issues and help students learn how to avoid the same snafus in the future. The Writing Center’s main goal is to improve student writing on a long-term basis. It’s not a matter of fixing your papers; it’s a matter of helping you learn how to improve as a writer.

What do I have to bring to the Writing Center?
An open mind and the desire to improve! Also, for a successful tutoring session, it is necessary that students bring the assignment. It is critical that the tutor knows that you are following your instructor’s guidelines. Also, don’t feel that you need to bring in a written paper. The tutors at the Writing Centers can help sort out notes or outlines to get students started on a successful essay or report.

How can I become a Writing Center tutor?
For information about becoming a Writing Center tutor, visit the Writing Center coordinator, Bruce Symes, in the Allen Library. The telephone number is (620) 365-5116, ext. 6303, and his e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  At Burlingame, see Jerry Vincent, Allen’s Math Center Coordinator, if interested in tutoring. His number is (785) 654-2416, ext. 8227; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Bruce Symes, Writing Center Coordinator
(620) 365-5116, ext. 6303
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