The Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center


The Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center 


Register for an account and schedule an appointment here:


For Spring 2022, the UK Writing Center offers:

  • In-Person appointments (Masks Required)
  • Online Synchronous appointments (Live via Video Conferencing)
  • E-Tutoring appointments (Asynchronous; Comments Only)



Spring 2022: January 10 – April 27



Monday & Wednesday  10am-9pm

Tuesday & Thursday     11am-9pm

Friday                            10am-3pm

Sunday (Online Only)   6pm-9pm


* Note: Due to COVID, there will be times that the Writing Center will be closed to in-person visits. During those times, we will offer two different types of online appointments. Please log in and check the schedule for up-to-date information. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register at:



B108B W.T. Young Library, The Hub (lower level)


About the Writing Center

The Writing Center specializes in one-on-one assistance with your writing. Our consultants can help you with any written text, at any stage of the writing process. The Writing Center serves all UK undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

We help clients:

  • begin, develop, and/or review their projects
  • fulfill assignment requirements
  • communicate effectively in specific disciplines
  • document sources fairly and correctly
  • learn and practice academic standards of edited written English
  • develop and polish their writing style

If you have questions about our mission and services, please contact the Director, Professor Lisa Schroot, at



Clients are limited to one appointment per day. There is a limit of two appointments per week.

NOTE: All clients are limited to two appointments per week. This limit is in place to ensure everyone has the opportunity to visit the Writing Center for assistance with their writing. It is a violation of Writing Center policy to: 1. Submit your work under another person’s name/account; or 2. Allow someone else to submit their work under your name/account. If you violate this policy, you will lose your Writing Center privileges for the entire semester.


Near the top of the appointment form, a client can choose to make an In-Person appointment (masks required), Online synchronous appointment, or an E-Tutoring appointment.

  • In-Person appointments take place in the Writing Center, which is in the Hub (basement) of the main library, in room B108B.
  • Online appointments are synchronous meetings conducted through an online platform built into WCONLINE. For synchronous online meetings, a client and consultant can use a text chat, document-sharing whiteboard area, and audio/video. To use the built-in audio and video features, make sure your computer system preferences allow microphone and camera access.
  • E-Tutoring appointments are not chat-based. The client attaches a file to the appointment for the consultant to download, review, and upload. The client and consultant do NOT communicate online during the appointment.


Online Synchronous Appointments

WCONLINE includes a built-in online consultation module, where a student and tutor can meet synchronously online.
Both the student and tutor open the appointment when they are ready to meet, and then click on the link to "Start or Join Online Consultation."

Options that you are likely to look for at the start of an Online meeting are:
• the text chat on the right side,
• a button with two arrows to import/export a document at the top right
• audio/video on the left side

With audio/video, you will first need to allow your microphone and camera, and then you can choose to mute or hide audio and/or video. You can also click on the video to make the video larger.
(On mobile devices, icons may be at the bottom of the screen.)

The icon with a head-and-shoulders symbol and a number shows how many people are connected to the meeting.

While you can use the arrows to import a document (for example, an entire paper), we recommend copying/pasting a document to avoid working with complicated formatting in the online consultation module.

At any time after your meeting, you can open your own appointment, click the link to go into your meeting, and then use the "timeslider" clock icon in the row of symbols at the top right to "play back" the session, seeing text changes in the order they happened.

If you have trouble connecting or using audio/video, please try to reestablish your connection so that you can resume your meeting.

You can reconnect to your online meeting by closing the meeting, (reopening your appointment if you have been timed out), and clicking "Start or Join Online Consultation."

If you have trouble with audio/video, make sure you have selected "Yes" or "Allow" or "Share" so that your browser can share your webcam and microphone. If you are not sure, click on the video camera icon. If needed, briefly make sure the camera is turned on for your computer. Try reconnecting, or complete this meeting using the text chat.


E-Tutoring Appointments

To schedule an E-Tutoring appointment, click on a white (blank) space. When the appointment window opens, enter the required information, follow the instructions to upload a file, and SAVE the appointment. 

To attach a document to an existing E-Tutoring appointment: 

1.) Open your appointment window.

2.) Scroll down to find the following information: "This schedule supports file attachments. To upload a file to this appointment, click 'Edit Appointment' below." 

3.) Click "Edit Appointment" and find the following: "This schedule supports file attachments. To attach a file to this appointment, use the options below. To view attached files, click the 'view appointment' button to return to the appointment overview. File attachments must be 1MB or less and in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .numbers, .odt, .pages, .pdf, .rtf, .txt, .wpd, .wps, .xls, or .xlsx. We recommend using a Microsoft Word doc. Upload your file to the appointment by using the "Choose file" button.

4.) In the “Document Title” box, enter a brief title for your document.

5.) Scroll down and click on "Save Changes"

Once you have saved the changes, your uploaded document should appear on the appointment form. Verify that the document is uploaded to your appointment. 

At the appointment time, the consultant will review the document, add comments, and upload the review to the appointment form. The review will provide questions and comments. The consultant will teach you how to revise and edit your own work. They will NOT revise or edit your work for you. When the review has been uploaded, you will receive a notification (email/text).


Waiting List

If no appointments are available, you can join the Waiting List. To the right, beneath each day on the schedule, you can click on "Waiting List: Date" and enter the required information to join the waiting list for that date. If an appointment becomes available on that date, you will be notified by email and/or text message. When you receive the email/text, you must log on and try to schedule the appointment. Please note that others on the waiting list are, like you, trying to schedule the open appointment. Whoever schedules first gets the appointment.


Canceling an Appointment

To cancel an appointment, open the appointment window, scroll down, and select "Cancel this appointment" and then click "Okay." You can cancel an appointment at any time before the start time of the appointment. IMPORTANT! If you are unable to keep an appointment (Online or E-Tutoring), please cancel online before the start time of the scheduled appointment.  

If you MISS your appointment, it is marked as a NO-SHOW. For an E-Tutoring appointment, if you do not upload a document (without canceling the appointment), we mark the appointment as MISSED. If you MISS two appointments, your account is disabled for the semester. 


A Note to Doctoral Candidates:

At the Writing Center, we will help a client through the process of formatting their dissertation. We will not format dissertations for clients. Before your appointment, read the instructions from the Graduate School. Link: In-Person appointments are strongly recommended. Bring your laptop with you. If you are unable to come in-person, then schedule an Online Synchronous appointment. Clients can NOT schedule an E-Tutoring appointment for help with formatting their dissertation.


Contact Professor Lisa Schroot, the Writing Center Director, at to discuss UK Writing Center policies or procedures. 


The Writing Center is NOT an editing service. If you are interested in hiring a copy editor, you can view a list of editors for hire at the following site:



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