College of General Studies
McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

CGS-OVS Writing Tutoring

Writing Tutoring and Assistance

The College of General Studies offers writing tutoring within the McCarl Center. Visit us for one-on-one support for developing ideas, outlining, drafting, organizing, sharpening grammar and other writing mechanics, revising, and more. We welcome all writing assignments including (but not limited to) essays, application letters and résumés, reports, professional communication projects, reading responses, technical research papers, and creative writing.

If you are taking any courses this spring term that require clear, concise, well-structured prose, consider making a writing consultation appointment with our writing tutors, April Flynn and Liberty Ferda. Their hours for the Spring 2017 term are as follows:

April Flynn

Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (online or in-person at CGS)
Fridays 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (online or in-person at CGS)

Liberty Ferda

Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (online or in-person at CGS)
Saturdays 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (online only)

Students can book appointments by calling 412-624-6556 (make sure to indicate that you are a CGS and/or veteran student and want to make your appointment at the McCarl Center) or by visiting the online appointment maker (Choose CGS/Veterans in the drop-down menu when booking online appointments.).

Walk-ins during open slots--online or in person--are welcome. For questions, contact April at or Liberty at

Hours don't work with your schedule?

Contact the University Writing Center at 412-624-6556

Upcoming Writing Help Sessions & Workshops

Friday, March 17

How to Write a Medical Research Paper workshop 2:00 - 3:00 pm (April Flynn)

In this short workshop writing tutor April Flynn will give a brief overview of the process for researching and writing medical research papers. She will give students some “best practice” tips and walk them through a typical writing process. Students will have the chance to ask questions about the specific challenges of writing in health science contexts, or about the challenges of the writing process in general. Light refreshments will be served. Download Workshop Flyer.

Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, register here.

Friday, March 31

Transitions as "Bridges" of Writing 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Libby Ferda)

My essay seems disjointed." "My cover letter doesn't flow well." "I'm not sure whether my ideas make sense in this order." ….

…..Sound familiar? ….Need a Solution? Come learn how to polish your prose and make it flow by using "BRIDGES" of writing!

Join us for a help session on March 31 at 11 AM in the McCarl Center, led by English instructor and writing tutor Liberty Ferda. We will learn how to create good connecting sentences, or transitions, at the beginning and end of paragraphs and sections. Bring a piece of your own writing to work on if you wish. No RSVP required.  

The materials from this interactive presentation will also be made available on this page after the event. 

Friday, April 7

Revising and Editing 2:00 - 3:00 pm (April Flynn)


Friday, February 3

Brainstorming & Getting Started on a Paper 2:00pm - 3pm (April Flynn)

Friday, February 24

Organizing and Structuring Papers 2:00 - 3:00 pm (April Flynn)

All sessions will be held in the McCarl Center for Non-Traditional Student Success (1400 Posvar Hall). No registration required.

Stay tuned for more events coming soon.