Welcome to the Writing Center!

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We're here to assist you with any writing project, at any stage of your writing process. The center's well-trained peer consultants can help you to brainstorm ideas, organize content, integrate research, polish a draft, and correctly document sources.

Any graduate or undergraduate GVSU student can make an appointment or drop-in during any of our open hours. Faculty and staff interested in writing consultations for their own work and our other services can email Patrick Johnson, Writing Center Director (johpatri@gvsu.edu).

We are here and ready to help students and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our page to learn more about the services we are offering as well as the safety procedures we are putting in place in order to help protect students, staff, and the wider campus community.

Still have questions? Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Open for limited hours first week (January 18-22) with full hours beginning Monday January 25th

During the first week of Winter 2021 classes (Tuesday January 18-Friday January 22), the Writing Center is open for drop-in consultations via Book It during the following hours:

Tuesday (1/18) 10am-5pm

Wednesday (1/19) 10am-5pm

Thursday (1/20) 10am-5pm

Friday (1/21) 10am-3pm

The Writing Center officially opens the week of Monday January 25th and online appointments and drop-ins will be available during all regular hours.

If you have questions, please contact the Director (Patrick Johnson - johpatri@gvsu.edu) and we look forward to working with you. 

Hours and Locations - Winter 2021

Due to COVID-19, all physical locations (LOH 120, Knowledge Market, etc) are closed. All Writing Center services (drop-in consultations and scheduled appointments) are available virtually during all regular hours of operation through Book It: https://www.gvsu.edu/bookit/. Winter 2021 hours begin Monday January 25th. 

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Sunday: 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. 

Saturday: CLOSED

Have questions about services? Contact the Writing Center (331-2922), email us at virtualwc@mail.gvsu.edu or speak with a Virtual Knowledge Market Receptionist through Google Meet!


This service is available for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our new scheduling system requires special permission to access email support so please fill out our Additional Services Request form or contact Patrick Johnson (johpatri@gvsu.edu) if you need access. 

We aim to provide feedback within 72 hours of submission; if your project is submitted outside of our open hours, the 72 hours begins on the next scheduled day the Writing Center is open. You can find additional information about email consulting on our website. 

To get started, log into Book It and submit your project today!

New scheduling system - Book It

The Writing Center is launching a new online scheduling system for all its services: Book It. You can schedule appointments, virtually drop-in, and access all Knowledge Market services via this new portal. We have created walkthroughs to help you access our services: 

  • Virtual drop-in walkthrough (docx) (PDF)
  • Virtual appointment walkthrough (docx) (PDF)

If you have questions or run into issues, you can speak with a Knowledge Market receptionist via Google Meet: https://gvsu.edu/library/km/dropin

During COVID-19, GVSU students can also access email support via Book It. Our new system requires permission to access our email service, so please fill out our Additional Services Form or contact Patrick Johnson (johpatri@gvsu.edu) if you need access. 

We look forward to working with you!

Having an Online Consultation

During the Fall 2020 semester, the Writing Center will be offering only virtual consultations. We have multiple online service options to help meet your needs and preferences, all of which can be explored by browsing through our online services page and contacting us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

Below, we have a few notes on some commonly asked questions, as well as some additional resources that may be helpful to you and your project.

We look forward to working with you!

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Yes! Our writing consultants are adaptable and do their best to help you in whatever way works best for you; however, all online services require you to participate in the consultation. 

Our synchronous consultation options, drop-ins and appointments, require you to chat with the consultant in real time through Google Meet or Google Docs. 

Our asynchronous consultation option, Email, requires you to submit your project and additional information into Book It. Feedback will then be returned to you within 72 hours. If you submit a project through Book It while the Writing Center is closed, the 72 hour window will begin once all of our services open on the next scheduled day.

Our new system requires permission to access our email service, so please fill out an Additional Services Request form or contact Patrick Johnson (johpatri@gvsu.edu) if you need access.  

If you share a Google Doc, your consultant will reach out through the chat feature of Google Docs to help direct you to our new scheduling system, Book It. Once you are logged in and in the drop-in queue, the consultant can begin your consultation and will ask you questions to learn more about your paper and what aspects you want to work on. 

Your writing consultant will also share a Google Meet link in case you would like to speak directly to your consultant through the use of audio and/or video.

Unsure how to share a document in Google Docs? Our guide may be able to help!

When it is time to begin your scheduled session, log into Book It to check in to your consultation. Your consultant will then share a Google Meet link with you through a button in Book It and an email from our virtualwc@mail.gvsu.edu account. Please disregard the appointment location in the automatically generated emails; all sessions are currently virtual. 

The Google Meet link will allow you to meet with your consultant face-to-face in a video chat room so you can begin working and discussing what you would like to cover in the consultation.

Unsure about the use of audio and/or video in a consultation? Talk to your writing consultant at the beginning of your consultation to share any concerns, and ask about the benefits of using Google Meet during your writing consultation. Our writing consultants can adapt to your needs; this can include using only the audio feature of Google Meet, or communicating through only the Google Docs chat feature.

If you are having trouble sharing a Google Doc for an appointment, joining in a Google Meet room, or are having issues with audio and video, don't worry! Your writing consultant will reach out to you through your GVSU student email to help troubleshoot. 

Here are a few places you can reach out to in order to help get questions answered:

  • For any quick Knowledge Market questions, visit the Virtual Knowledge Market front door and talk to the receptionist
  • Did your internet stall in the middle of a consultation? Email your consultant at virtualwc@mail.gvsu.edu once you're back up and running to let them know what happened
  • Have a specific question about the Writing Center or our services? Email Patrick Johnson, Writing Center Director (johpatri@gvsu.edu) and they will reach out to you shortly
  • For any technology questions or issues with your GVSU student email account, the IT Helpdesk may be able to help

For more information about Book It, Knowledge Market Services, Hours of Operation, and Email Support, please visit our online services page.

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We are hiring!

The Writing Center is now accepting applications for new writing consultants who would begin working in Fall 2021.

Open for Winter 2021 on Monday January 25th

The Writing Center officially opens on Monday January 25th, but we are offering limited hours during the first week of classes (Jan 19-22). Email support also during any gaps in service.

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Have other questions? Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible!