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Online Writing Lab Submission Form
Important Announcements

  • You may submit up to 1,000 words one time each week during the fall and spring semester when there is one module per week, and you may submit up to 1,000 words two times each week during the summer semester when there are two modules per week. (Why is there a limit?)
  • We respond to submissions within 24 hours; you will need a word processing program like Microsoft Word or NeoOffice to open and view our responses.
  • OWL tutors do not correct grammar or edit your writing; we explain your most serious problems and make suggestions about how to fix them.
  • We do not accept ESL/EAP assignments; EAP students should make an appointment to get writing help with these assignments on campus.
  • For Midpoint Review and Final Review writing support, please contact the Midpoint Review Lab.
  • We close on all school holidays, at noon the day before the semester ends, and during intersession.
Why is there a submission limit? Why can't I submit my whole paper?

We would love to be able to help all students as much as possible, but since the Online Writing Lab (OWL) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available to every student in the school, this is not possible. We want to give all students a chance to get advice from our tutors one time each week; that’s why we have a submission limit of 1,000 words per week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

To get the most out of your submissions:
  • Read and fill out the submission form very carefully.
  • Submit only the parts of your writing assignments that you are most worried about.
  • Begin writing your assignment early so you can submit all parts of the assignment over the course of several weeks.
  • Read the advice that your tutor gives you very carefully and try to apply it to your whole paper.
What is a detailed assignment description? Why do I need to give my tutor a detailed assignment description?

Detailed assignment descriptions are the instructions that your teacher gives you to complete an assignment. These instructions may include the topic or choice of topics, specific questions that you need to answer, the format, the length, and the due date for the assignment.

OWL tutors need to see these descriptions in order to make sure that you are doing the assignment correctly and to give you the best advice possible. You can copy and paste detailed assignment descriptions from your online classes or copy them from your instructors' handouts.

Here's an example:

Write a 1,000 word essay in which you compare and contrast Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and Giovanna Tornabuoni by Domenico Ghirlandaio.

Your essay is due at the end of Module 6 and should include the following:

  • An introduction, including a thesis statement that tells the reader the main point of the essay
  • The stylistic characteristics of both artworks
  • The subject matter of both artworks
  • The function and possible meaning of both artworks
  • The similarities and differences between the two artworks
  • A conclusion that recaps the thesis and includes important insights about the artwork and why you chose to write about the artwork.
  • A list of your sources of information in MLA format
Student Information
NOTE: Items with an asterisk (*) are required.
*First Name:
*Last Name:
*Student ID:
*Email Address:
*Retype Email Address:
*Course Number / Name:
(for example: LA 108 Composition for the Artist)
*Course Type:
*Instructor's name:
*What is your major?:
*What is your first language?:

Submission Information
*Paste a detailed assignment description below: (What is this?)
Please be as specific as possible. We will not respond to your submission if we do not understand all of the requirements of your assignment. For best results, copy and paste your instructor's most complete assignment description. Please note: In the past, inadequate assignment descriptions have resulted in students being blocked from the OWL for a week, so we're requiring a minimum of 25 words for your assignment description below.

*When is your paper due?:  
NOTE: Do not submit your work if your paper is due in fewer than 36 hours.

*Which part of your paper are you submitting?:  
Introduction
Body paragraph
Conclusion
Other (Please describe)  

*Question 1
Click below and choose one question from the list for your OWL tutor
Question 2
Click below and choose one question from the list for your OWL tutor

*Paste your work here:   
NOTE: The space below will accept up to 1,000 words