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Centers for Academic Support and Achievement

Times of Operation (Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
After hours and weekends: by appointment (TutorTrac)

As part of the Writing Center's services, students have an opportunity to submit their writing questions and drafts via the Internet through the Writing Center's Online Services. It's as easy as e-mail!

You may submit a paper at any time, but the request will be processed by the online coordinator during regular business hours (excluding breaks, holidays, and weekends). Because we have a limited number of consultants and hours available for online consulting, STUDENTS MAY SUBMIT ONLY ONE PAPER AT A TIME.

Once you have received confirmation that we received your completed form and attached paper, you will get a response in approximately 48-72 business hours from the date you receive confirmation. (Please note: Writing Center Online is not open on weekends, university breaks, and holidays and does not consider that time to be part of the 48-72 hours.)  

Before requesting an online consultation, make sure that you can say “yes” to all of the following:

  • My assignment is due in four days or more, not including weekends.
  • I can use e-mail.
  • I know how to copy and paste.
  • I know how to attach documents to e-mail messages.
  • I can keep multiple programs open at the same time.
  • I can write a document and save it as a .doc, .txt, or .rtf file (not .wpd).
  • My paper is less than 10 pages long (please make a face-to-face appointment in the Writing Center for papers longer than 10 pages or indicate the 10 pages you want us to respond to).

Questions and concerns about citation styles are best addressed during a face-to-face consultation; the online format does not allow us to address your issues fully.

The Four-Part Process:

To have an online consultation, you need to send an e-mail containing a completed and attached PDF form and an attached paper in .doc, .txt, or .rtf format (not .wpd).  The steps for this are below:


  1. Open your e-mail program
  2. Start a new e-mail
  3. In the To: section, type wconline@ipfw.edu
  4. In the Subject: section, type Online Consultation

Please be specific and answer all questions on the form, otherwise your consultation may be delayed while we request additional information.

Click on this link to access the PDF Writing Consultation Request Form. You will be able to type your answers into the form and save it, so you can then attach the form to your e-mail.  


  1. Review the form and make sure all required sections are filled out completely.
  2. Attach the form to your e-mail.
  3. Attach your paper.
  4. Send your e-mail with both documents attached. Include any additional information you wish to tell us in the body of your e-mail message.


  1. Wait for a confirmation e-mail from wconline@ipfw.edu. 
  2. Because we confirm received online requests twice daily, the confirmation will probably arrive after several hours have passed.
  3. Within 48-72 business hours after you receive a confirmation (not including weekends, university breaks, or holidays), you will receive a writing consultant’s response from wconline@ipfw.edu. 
  4. This response will include your original attachment and comments from a consultant.

Remember, for other questions, you may contact the Writing Center during our business hours:

Location: Helmke Library, First Floor
Phone at 260-481-5740
Email: writingcenter@ipfw.edu

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