What is COWS?

The Center for Writing and Speaking (COWS) is a resource for all members of the Whitman community. We support a culture of peer feedback on writing and speaking at all levels and in all genres.  We offer one-on-one meetings with trained peers, workshops, and open writing hours fro both students and faculty.

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all struggling to adjust to life at a distance. The Center fOr Writing and Speaking will be offering tutoring on writing assignments online. You will be able to log on to one of two schedules to make an appointment. 

Fall 2020 Online Video-Conferencing

This schedule has limited hours and availability. If you feel you would really like to meet with a tutor via video/audio conferencing, please go to this schedule and find an available time. All times are in PST. After scheduling an appointment, when the time comes for the appointment, click on that box and login. You will find a video feed in the top left corner, a chat box on the right, and a white board in the center. To access the video and audio, make sure you have your camera and microphone on. You can also choose to work in real time, but only use the chat feature and the whiteboard. This is also a great option for brainstorming, since you can use the whiteboard to mind-map and outline. We suggest sharing google docs with tutors so that you can collaborate and read together in real time. If you are uncomfortable with google docs, you can use the whiteboard feature of the scheduling system. 

Click the button below to schedule an appointment.

We are "open" online Sun-Thu 10-11am, F 9am-noon, most afternoons between 2-5, and most evenings from 6-9 or 10. When you click on the schedule button below, you will be taken to an exact schedule, which lists available tutors and times.

Fall 2020 Asynchronous Tutoring

This schedule is listed in slots rather then hours. Each tutor has a limited number of slots. This is how many papers they can respond to in a given day. When you sign up for a slot, you can upload your paper to that tutor. The tutor will respond within 24 hours to your paper. They will be providing substantive comments in the margins, and may mark recurring errors for you to find. They are not copyediting. Their role as tutors is still to collaborate with you to help you create the best content you can. So you are likely to receive generative questions and thoughts more than direct suggestions and error correction. If you are explicitly worried about a particular grammatical feature you know you have trouble with, please let the tutor know and they can work with you on that feature by correcting one instance and helping you to locate other instances.


If you have questions, please email COWS Director Lydia McDermott.