How to Schedule Appointments

For the F&M community on campus, the Writing Center will once again hold in-person tutoring sessions during the Fall of 2021 and, hopefully, beyond.

The Center offers 25-minute and 50-minute appointments. Please note that although appointments are booked for 30 minute and 60 minute timeframes, appointments will actually last either 25 or 50 minutes in order to allot time to create a log of the session for our records and, should you request it, to be submitted to your professor.

To make an appointment, you may access our online scheduling platform, WCOnline, at the following URL: (

Choose the time and the tutor that fits your schedule, and fill out the appointment form. 

For any accessibility concerns, please contact the Writing Center by email:

***For Remote Students Only***

For F&M students who are studying remotely, online tutoring sessions will be available. The sessions will still consist of live conversations with one of the Center's writing assistants. However, those conversations will be conducted through our online scheduling system: WCOnline.  

To make an appointment for an online tutoring session, please follow the instructions below:

1. If you have not yet already done so, you will need to register for an account to use WCOnline. 

Writing Center WCOnline Registration


2. To make an appointment, simply follow the usual procedure by accessing WCOnline through the Center’s website ( Select the "Remote Students Only" schedule from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen, then choose the time and the tutor that fits your schedule.

3. When it is time to begin your appointment, log back in to WCOnline and click on your scheduled appointment to reopen the scheduling form. In the middle of the form, you will now see a box inviting you to “MEET ONLINE?” Click on the red highlighted link below: “START OR JOIN ONLINE CONSULTATION.”  

writing center WCOnline remote students schedule
  • WCOnline instructions1

A window will now open providing the platform on which you will connect with the Writing Center tutor (see image below):

  • WCOnline instructions2

Follow the instructions provided by the platform and the tutor.

We recommend you begin by exchanging contact information with the tutor, in case your connection is somehow broken and you need to reestablish a connection separate from WCOnline.

Then enjoy the conversation!

Please keep in mind several further, important things:

  • You will need to have your document(s) in either .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • WCOnline’s online tutoring platform should be used on a laptop or desktop. It is not designed to be used on mobile devices. 
  • If you are on campus, make sure you are accessing WCOnline through eduroam, not the F&M Guest network. WCOnline does not function on the Guest network. To access eduroam, please remember to login using your F&M email address (e.g., ), not your shorter NetID (e.g., lfricke). If you have difficulty accessing eduroam, please refer to the relevant ITS documents in your Goggle Drive:  "Connecting to eduroam" or "Reconnecting to eduroam."
  • The tutoring platform requires a strong wireless connection. If you are having trouble accessing WCOnline, try to find a spot with a stronger wireless signal. 
  • If you have any other trouble accessing the tutoring platform, please check that any interfering software firewalls or privacy protections are disabled.
  • In case the WCOnline platform does not work, despite addressing issues mentioned above, your tutor will contact you (by email or text message) to decide to switch to Skype or some other useful online platforms for communication. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Writing Center at 717-358-3866. 

Hours of Operation

Our regular hours of operation are:

























Canceling Appointments

Students are not allowed to cancel their own appointments online. 

To cancel an appointment, you must call the Writing Center at 717-358-3866. 

If no-one is available to answer your call, please leave a message with your name and the time of the appointment you wish to cancel.

Please cancel your appointment at least 4 hours in advance.  

This will allow us to give your appointment time to another student.

Please be aware of our Cancellation and No-Show Policy:

1. Appointments must be cancelled at least 4 hours prior to the starting time of the session, or they will be counted as no-shows.

2. One late cancellation or no-show will result in a  one-week loss of Writing Center privileges. 

3. Two late cancellations or no-shows will result in a two-week loss of Writing Center privileges.

4. A third late cancellation or no-show will result in the loss of your Writing Center privileges for the rest of the semester , as will a late cancellation or no-show during reading days and finals

5. If an emergency situation (family emergency, illness, accident)  makes timely cancellation impossible, please call as soon as possible and explain the circumstances. We will not penalize genuine emergencies.

6. No Show Records can be expunged by requesting a "Tutee No-Show Record Reversal Form." The form must be brought to three consecutive writing center appointments without a no-show or late cancellation and signed by each tutor. Once the form is completed, give the completed form to your final tutor or the office coordinator. Once we confirm your appointments, your No-Show record for the semester will be expunged. 

Writing Center Policy of Identifying Personal Pronouns

It is Writing Center policy for tutors to ask all tutees for their personal pronouns at the beginning of a tutoring session.

Tutors use the pronouns indicated by the tutees in the reports they write about the sessions for Center records and, with the tutees’ permission, to send to the appropriate professors.

In doing so, we hope to recognize and show support for individuals who identify in ways different from traditional gender binaries. Writing Center scholar Harry Denny suggests there are substantial benefits of such awareness and sensitivity:

              By making conferences potential spaces to challenge what's natural or not, conventional or not, received wisdom or not, our pedagogy makes possible and internalizes widely transferable critical thinking and active-learning, both of which lead to stronger, more engaged staff and students, vibrant intellectual communities, and better citizenship, whether on campus or  beyond. (111)

Please feel free to ask any questions about the policy.


Denny, Harry C. “Facing Sex and Gender in the Writing Center.” Facing the Center.

             University Press of Colorado, 2010. pp. 87-112.