The Online Writing Coach system is closed for Thanksgiving break. We’ll begin accepting new submissions

Check out our handouts for tips that are available any time, anywhere!

Please read these tips before submitting your first paper

Bad “weather”: if our sun symbol isn’t shining and you need a quick response, seek feedback elsewhere, or look for a face-to-face appointment instead. Keep refreshing the appointment calendar; it is updated in real time.

Prioritization: Submissions by degree-seeking undergraduate students receive priority, followed by those from graduate students. If you’re not a current undergraduate, know that we will try to get to you–but the weather symbol will not accurately reflect the wait time.

Limits: Online sessions count towards the number of sessions per day or week that a student can have. For example, undergrads can have two coaching sessions per week. An undergrad could have two sessions online, two sessions in person, or one of each kind–but NOT two sessions in person and an additional one online.

Changing your mind: You may realize at some point after submitting your draft that you no longer need feedback (maybe you were able to get a face-to-face appointment or see your TA, for example). If that happens, please email us at writing_center@unc.edu so we can remove your submission from the queue and help the next person in line!

Browsers: Firefox works best with this software application. Safari is usually ok. Chrome is so-so. Internet Explorer is bad.

Getting a helpful response: Be as specific as you can about your concerns. Our coaches depend on the information you give us to craft useful, relevant responses.