COVID-19 Update

Non-essential employees are mostly teleworking, and classes have shifted to a hybrid model, with in-person and online instruction.

 Department of Language, Literature, & Cultural Studies

Smith Vidal Literacy & Language Center


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The Writing Center is 100% Online!

Yes, we're still here for you!

In keeping with Bowie State University’s preventative response to the spread of the COVID-19, the BSU Writing Center will only be offering online tutoring for the Spring 2021 semester. Our online tutoring is live/real-time and can be booked at the same online website.

While a few things might seem new, such as our remote live/real-time tutoring sessions...

...much remains the same at the Writing Center, such as:

  • The same friendly faces
  • The same flexible hours
  • The same online website
  • The same great feedback

Learn More About Our New Online Sessions

To learn more, read about our new online appointments, watch the video below on how to create an account and book your appointments, or send us an email to

Grow as a Writer

The Writing Center at Smith Vidal Literacy and Language Center helps students become more effective and confident writers. Our goal is to engage the University community in conversations about writing. Growth and learning are the intended outcomes for each conversation.

Our writing consultants can assist you through all stages of the writing process with any type of writing task. Whether you are concerned with organization, development, formatting, documentation style or other conventions, we can help. Our consultants, however, will not edit or revise your documents; you are ultimately responsible for your own writing.

What We Offer

  • One-on-one online tutorials (live/real-time)                                                    Tutor works with student at table
  • Small group sessions
  • Group workshops
  • Short in-class visits
  • Writing and grammar resources

 We Help Students

  • Understand writing assignments
  • Overcome writing challenges
  • Develop and research essay topics
  • Document research in MLA and APA styles
  • Become more confident and effective writers

Tutoring Sessions

  • Sessions are by appointment and last up to 50 minutes.
  • Sessions will only be as successful as the amount of effort you put into them.

Appointment Procedures for Online Sessions

  1. Log onto our Writing Center Appointment Scheduler
  2. Register for an account
  3. Sign in to choose an online appointment time
  4. Submit your essay draft or writing sample, if available
  5. Met your consultant by logging back in to your account and clicking on "Start or Join Online Consultation"

    Need some help with registering or making an appointment? Watch our quick video on registering and booking appointments.

How to Have a Successful Online Tutoring Session

We have a few suggestions to help make your online tutoring session more successful. If possible (and we understand it might not always be possible!), we highly recommend you:

  • Upload any/all of the following documents (attach documents when you book your appointment orafterwards by clicking on “edit appointment”):
    • your writing assignment/prompt
    • any draft(s) you might have completed
    • a grading rubric from your professor
  • Use a computer with...
    • a reliable internet connection
    • a video camera
    • a microphone
  • Have any textbooks/resources you might need ready at hand

As always, WC rules and policies still apply to online sessions:

  • If tutees are 15 minutes (or more) late to a session, they will be marked as a "no-show" and may be subject to rescheduling
  • Tutors and tutees must abide by the student code of conduct and have appropriate online behavior