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Writing Lab: Welcome to the UD OWL (Online Writing Lab)!


Mr. James DeMasi
Adjunct Instructor of English and Writing Lab Director
Writing Lab: Braniff 304
Telephone: (972) 721-5243

The Writing Lab has moved online! We have developed a system to conduct writing sessions online. Please follow the instructions below to set up an appointment with a tutor!

The Writing Lab is open Sunday through Friday with appointments available as early as 10:00 am (Central Standard Time) and as late as 10:00 pm (Central Standard Time). A student may sign up for one thirty-minute session.

If you are having trouble signing up for a Writing Lab session, please email the Writing Lab at or the Writing Lab Director, James DeMasi, at 

How to Launch a Virtual Writing Lab Session

Sessions will be run using the Google Suite which you received with your @udallas email account. A tutor will be able to video conference with you while commenting on your document which you will have shared through Google Docs. Below are detailed instructions on how to connect with a tutor for a virtual writing lab session. 

Connecting with a Writing Lab Tutor:

1. Sign up for a tutor using the link to the appointment calendar above. Make sure to use your @UDALLAS email address so that that Google Calendar syncs time-zones between you and the tutor.


2. After you sign up for an appointment, you will receive an email confirming your appointment. This email will have a subject line which begins "Invitation."

3. On the day of your appointment, please have your email open at least five minutes before your meeting. Virtual meetings, by their nature, are less efficient than person to person meetings, so please be absolutely prepared for your session before it begins.

4. The tutor will initiate a video conference call through Google Hangouts, but you will have to have your email open to see the invitation. 

Sharing Your Document with Your Tutor (may be done ahead of time [recommended])

1. Open your Google Docs [located in your Google "Suite of Apps" immediately to the left of your Account drop-down in the top right-hand corner of your email. Or go to]. 

2. Once in Google Docs, open the file folder icon ("Open file Picker") beneath the row of document templates, and next to the "AZ sort" options button. In the "Open a File" feature, select "Upload," and then either drag your file to the open space provided, or select the blue tab titled "Select a file from your device." 

3. Once the file is opened in Google Docs, select the blue button in the top right-hand corner titled "Share." Input the tutor's email address (found in the invitation email, or if you know the tutor's name, the first initial of their first name followed by their last name



1.  A sign-up sheet outside the Writing Lab is used to sign up for an appointment.  That sheet will be posted mid-day Thursday for the following week.

2.  Undergraduates are limited to one 30 minute slot per day per assignment.

3.  Students should bring a paper copy of the professor's prompt.

4.  Students must bring a paper copy of the student's draft or outline--not just a lap top--to be discussed. 

5.  Tutors are not allowed to edit, review, or critique take-home, out-of-class exams without the written consent of the exam-giving instructor.

6.  Tutors will comment on grammar, syntax, organization, and/or argumentation of the draft presented.  Their task is to show where the paper needs to improve, not to re-write the paper.  For that reason, tutors will point out consistent errors in grammar and syntax, but not correct them all.  Similarly, tutors will point out problems with evidence use or information flow, but they will not generate the paper's argument, evidence, or information. 

 Writing Lab Resources

Marking Guide with links to explanations of Common Errors and exercises to help you correct those errors.


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