inquiry groups

Inquiry Groups are places to have conversations about topics related to the Writing Center.

All inquiry groups meet in the Main Writing Center in Student Union 440 and are open to public participation with no appointment necessary.

Groups & Meeting Times

STEM | Every other Friday @ 2:30 p.m.

MULTILITERACY | First Friday of each month @ 1:30 p.m. (Mar. 1, Apr. 5)

MULTILINGUAL WRITERS | Every other Tuesday @ 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 27, Mar. 13, Mar. 27, Apr. 10, Apr. 24)

GRADUATE STUDENTS | Every other Wednesday @ 4:00 p.m. (Feb. 20, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, Apr. 17)


DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION | Every other Tuesday @ 11:30 a.m. (Feb. 19, Mar. 5, Mar. 26, Apr. 9, Apr. 23)


conversation GROUPS

The OSU Writing Center hosts English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups to offer an informal and positive space to practice conversational English and build a community where we learn about talent celebrate each other’s countries and cultures.

hours & location

Main Writing Center
Student Union 440

Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

*Conversation group meetings are open to the public with no appointment necessary



Have a Writing Center consultant give a presentation about the Writing Center's locations, services, and resources.



The Writing Center offers various free workshops throughout the semester on a variety of useful topics.

Upcoming workshops


Morrill 106, Tuesdays 5 - 6 p.m.

- Feb. 26 Learning the IMRaD format (Advanced)

- March 5 Editing Strategies

- March 12 Editing Strategies for ESL Students

- March 26 Presenting Your Research (Posters)


All Graduate Workshops are held in Edmon Low Library Computer Training Room 206.

Literature Review Writing Workshops

Feb. 20, 4 - 5 p.m. Register at

Feb. 21, 5 - 6 p.m. Register at

The literature review is often one of the most difficult genres or academic sections to compose in academic writing and scholarship. In this workshop, participants will explore the rhetorical work literature reviews do, analyze and discuss samples, and share strategies for writing and revising literature reviews. Participants are encouraged to bring their own literature reviews with them, especially those they are currently working on.

Research Writing for Public Audiences

March 27, 4 - 5 p.m. Registration opens March 6 at

March 28, 5 - 6 p.m. Registration opens March 7 at

Research is often heavy with technical terminology and dense theory, which can make it difficult to communicate to public audiences. Communicating research to a public audience is a critical skill for graduate students. In this workshop, participants will explore written communication and the importance of writing about research. The workshop will teach strategies for communicating written work effectively to different audiences, including techniques for clarity, precision, coherence, and concision. Participants should bring their current research project to the workshop and be prepared to do some writing. 

Developing Effective Conference and Poster Presentations

April 10, 4 - 5 p.m. Registration opens March 20 at

April 11, 5 - 6 p.m. Registration opens March 21 at

This workshop will help participants understand the basics of creating effective conference and poster presentations. Participants should bring a writing project they plan to present at a future conference and will learn how to present their writing projects to a wider, professional and/or academic audience in an effective and efficient manner.

The workshop will address:

  • Rhetorical moves of presentations

  • Use of visuals and quotes

  • Condensing work into a presentation format

  • Tailoring research for different audiences

  • Practicing presenting


Request a custom workshop for your class or organization over a topic pertaining to writing or research.
Note: Please give us 3 to 4 weeks notice for custom workshops so we can customize the material and arrange for facilitators.

Name *
What writing topic would you like to cover?
What do you hope participants will be able to accomplish after this workshop?
Please give the name of the class or organization that will be participating in the workshop and briefly describe who the participant are.
Date *
For what date would you like to schedule a workshop? Note: Please give at least 3 weeks notice.
Start time
Start time
Note: Workshops typically last 30 to 60 minutes.
End time
End time

You will be contacted by a Writing Center representative for a brief follow-up consultation and confirmation of your workshop. Please plan to provide work samples that meet or exceed expectations and samples that do not meet expectations. We look forward to working with you!


Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center provides one-on-one consultations to help graduate students develop writing skills and techniques, and offers in-depth assistance with graduate level research.


General Academic Building 101
3 - 6 p.m. Monday & Tuesday


Online Sessions

The OSU Writing Center now offers synchronous online consultations to students, faculty, staff and community members near and far!


Writer's Hotline

If you need help with quick questions, you can always contact us through phone or e-mail.


Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.



For your comfort and convenience, we have SafeZone-Certified tutors available at various times and locations.

SafeZone tutors have recieved SafeZone training to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege. They are open to talking about and are supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals and identities.


Elena McLaughlin

Online: Monday & Thursday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Online: Sunday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Nawal Alzahrani

Online: Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

In Person, STU 404: Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. & Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

In Person, Scott 427: Thursday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

In Person, AG 103: Monday & Wednesday 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Olga Muranova

In Person, STU 404: Wednesday 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Payton Dougherty

In Person, Scott 427: Monday & Wednesday 2:30-4:30 p.m.

In Person, STU 440: Monday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

In Person, AG 103: Friday 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Svetlana Koltovskaia

Online: Thursday 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Ashley Arnold

In Person, STU 440: Monday & Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday 9:30-11:30

In Person, AG 103: Tuesday & Wednesday 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Chelsea Lee

In Person, AG 103: Thursday 1:30-3:30 p.m.

In Person, Scott 427: Tuesday 12:30-2:30 p.m.

In Person, STU 404: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 p.m.