Writing Lab

The Writing Lab, staffed by a faculty member and peer consultants, provides one-to-one assistance for every stage in the writing process for term papers, essays, letters, memos, or book reviews. Although consultants do not proofread papers, they do act as an audience listening to students' ideas and asking questions so that clients in the Writing Lab can make changes to their writing. In effect, the consultants work with the writers, not necessarily a piece of writing. Consultants also help clients review grammatical rules and principles of punctuation as well as the structure of sentences, paragraphs, and essays. 

Please note: Guidance for the newest edition of the MLA Handbook (9th edition) is available here.

(Instructional video)

In Person Lab Schedule

Virtual Lab Schedule


Bonnie Devet
Phone: 843.953.5772
E-mail: devetb@cofc.edu

Office Location

Addlestone Library, Room 107
205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401


Writing Lab

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment to visit the Writing Lab?


Will the Writing Lab proofread my paper?

Although consultants do not proofread your papers, they do help you by asking questions which all experienced writers ask themselves. So, you will discover your own strategies and methods of writing.

Can I get help documenting my History, English, Sociology, Psychology, Communications, or Education paper?

Yes, the Writing Lab has handouts on Turabian (footnotes- also called Chicago and used in History courses), on MLA (in-text documentation), ASA (for Sociology), and APA (for Psychology, Communication, and Education).

Can you help me with grammar?

Yes, the Writing Lab has exercises to help you to review rules for grammar, usage, and punctuation. After you complete the exercises, you can check your work right there in the Lab by referring to the Lab's answer keys.

What Clients are saying about the Writing Lab

"I love the one-on-one attention, and they really listen to you."

"Lots of feedback and explanations"

"Helped me bring out ideas"

"My papers became more concise"

"The Writing Lab helped my writing flow better."

"I can sit in a peaceful environment."

"I like getting other's opinions on how to make my writing better."

"Consultants are eager to help."

"I now have a greater understanding of structure and flow."

"Overall, my experience at the Writing Lab has been extremely positive. The consultants give great suggestions."

"The consultants seem very caring and devote their full attention."

"Consultants are awesome!"


The Writing Center is certified by the Southeastern Writing Center Association