Writing Lab

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Meet with a writing coach to receive feedback on any part of your writing process from brainstorming to revision. We use the writing-as-thinking and writing-as-conversation approaches to help you critically think about your topic and add to what others have said about your topic. We believe you are a writer, so we treat your writing as meaningful scholarship in the Writing Lab. Writing Lab services are free for MBU students.

Make an Appointment

Summer 2014 schedule:

  • Tuesday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Click here to schedule an appointment or contact the Writing Lab at 314-392-2364 or by e-mail at writing@mobap.edu. Please bring a hard copy of your assignment and guidelines to your writing lab session. Contact us if you need to cancel or reschedule your session.

Writing Lab Policy

Please keep in mind that your writing coach will not edit or write your paper for you. Although your main objective may be to perfect one assignment, we hope to strengthen your skills for the challenging papers you have yet to write.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or reschedule your writing appointment, please call (314) 392-2364. If you miss more than one appointment a semester without contacting us ahead of time, we reserve the right to refuse future service.

The Writing Space

“The Writing Space” is a place where you can have fun while improving your writing skills. Respond to writing prompts and receive feedback from other students and from your writing coaches.  Check it out at thembuwritingspace.wordpress.com.

Helpful Writing Resources

  1. The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
  2. The Bedford Handbook
  3. The Elements of Style
  4. Grammar Girl
  5. Grammar Slammer 

Grammar and Style Handouts

  1. List of Adjectives
  2. List of Adverbs
  3. Passive Voice
  4. Punctuation Marks
  5. Punctuation (Comma Usage)
  6. Verb Tenses
  7. Commonly Confused and Misused Words
  8. Writing Academic E-mails

Research and Formatting

  1. Plagiarism
  2. Guide to APA Formatting (2014)
  3. Guide to MLA Formatting (2014)
  4. Integrating Outside Sources (Direct Quotations)
  5. Integrating Outside Sources (Paraphrase)

The Writing Process

  1. Understanding the Assignment
  2. Prewriting
  3. Organization (Outline)
  4. The Thesis Statement
  5. How to Write an Introduction
  6. How to Write a Conclusion
  7. Transitions
  8. Topic Sentences

Types of Essays

  1. Argumentative Essay
  2. Compare and Contrast
  3. Example Illustration
  4. Literary Analysis
  5. Personal Narrative
  6. Summary Critique

Student Testimonials

“Thank you very much for your comments throughout my paper; they were very insightful, and for the most part, I had not even thought about some of the points you brought up. So, I appreciate your recommendations for the ways in which to make my philosophy stronger.”
– Kim P.

“Thank you so much for your feedback! I truly do enjoy the tips and advice you give. Organizing my writing has always been the biggest struggle in my mind, and I am always second guessing where to put certain topics so the papers flow. I will take all of your advice and revise my paper accordingly. Thank you again for all your help!”  – Kari L.

“[My writing coach] helped my writing in many ways. She’s helped me grow as a writer. The ASC is a great place to get help because they care about the students as if they were their own.” – Kalie H.

“Thank you so much for the quick turnaround! Your comments and suggestions were very helpful.” – Kristen V.

“I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to help me! These hints will certainly help me. I actually had no idea about the writing lab until the other day. I will definitely be getting in contact with you guys next time I need help!” – Justin N.

Submit Your Paper Online

The Writing Lab offers the option to submit a paper online for students at MBU’s satellite locations. Writing coaches will read up to five pages of your paper and sent it back as a Word attachment via e-mail in about three business days. Writing coaches do not proofread or edit papers, but will identify patterns and provide feedback to aid the writing process. Please limit your online submissions to three papers per semester.

ASC Writing Lab Submission