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MCC Writing Lab


Location: East Hall 104
Telephone: (732) 548-6000 ext 3240
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The Writing Center offers drop-in hours whenever classes are in session, including during the summer. To request a copy of our current drop-in schedule, send an email message to The Writing Center at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will promptly reply. 

Open to all students, the Writing Center, offers one-to-one tutoring on any writing problem or project. Tutors provide advice, explain rules and principles, and guide you to resources--both in print and online--to help you improve your writing or to plan or write a paper. Tutors also show you how to edit your work, but they will not edit your work for you.

Students are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. Wait times will vary depending on the number of students who are in the "queue" and the number of tutors available at a particular time.

Writing Center Staff reserve the right to cancel drop-in hours if a tutor is out sick, on jury duty, or has to help in the English department offices.

Writing Center tutors also staff the ENG 009 labs. Certain tutors may not be able to assist drop-in students during these hours because they are assigned to the 009 lab. Students should wait patiently for their name to be called by a drop-in, not ENG 009, tutor.

Tutors reserve the right to spend a maximum of twenty minutes with a student during busy drop-in periods.

The Writing Center provides scheduled tutorials for students in ENG 009 and for those in designated sections of ENG 010. However, all students, whether or not they are enrolled in an English class, may seek help during the Center's drop-in hours. No appointment is necessary.

For online help with any writing problem visit the websites listed below or check out Allwrite! The McGraw-Hill Online Writing Program, which you can access in the East Hall 103 computer lab.

Links to Some Online Writing Centers

  • The Purdue University Writing Lab: Students can access useful handouts from this OWL (online writing lab). Included are materials on planning and writing papers: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
  • The University of Richmond Writing Center's Writer's Web: This site offers advice on writing first drafts in various academic disciplines.  It contains a useful search engine. www.richmond.edu/~writing/wweb.html
  • The UVic Writer's Guide:

The University of Victoria's English Department web-site offers 
information on paragraphs, the topic sentence, unity and 
coherence, and paragraph development. 
http://web.uvic.ca/wguide

  • The American Heritage Book of English Usage: This commercial online reference tool contains sections on style, word choice, and grammar: http://bartleby.com/64
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing: Maintained by Capital Community College, this site discusses matters various aspects of grammar. One of its most useful pages discusses words under the title "Notorious Confusables." http://ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm