Feedback via E-mail
The KU Writing Center is now closed for the fall semester. We will reopen for the spring semester on the first day of classes, Tuesday, January 20.
Many students prefer to send us their writing online and receive feedback via e-mail. E-mail feedback can be a great option for those writers who learn better from written than verbal feedback or who have complicated schedules but still want to use the Writing Center.
Think e-mail feedback is for you? Just decide the specific areas or concerns you want feedback on; send your questions, assignment, and draft through our online form; and wait for our response. It's that easy.
First, make sure you're using a browser that is compatible with our website. We recommend Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
What area of your writing you would like advice on (i.e., your thesis statement, the organization of a particular section, the general sentence fluency, and so on). The more specific your question and the more information you provide for us, the better able we are to help you.
Your paper directly from our Appointment System. Provide the writing assignment or prompt and include your questions or concerns. We'll receive your submission instantly and securely.
A response from a writing consultant, e-mailed directly to your inbox. You can expect feedback in approximately three business days.
Policies to Know
Three Business Days: Feedback is not instantaneous, so plan accordingly and submit your draft early. We respond to submissions in the order in which they are received. We will respond to writing submitted for e-mail feedback within 3 business days (M-F) when classes are in session. During Spring Break and Finals Week, you can expect to receive feedback within 4 business days.
Provide the Assignment: Because good writing (and writing feedback) is contextual, it is crucial that we know the parameters and goals of the writing assignment. You must provide a detailed description of the assignment or writing project in order to receive feedback. Submissions that do not include an assignment description will be returned without feedback.
Submission Limits: You may submit two pieces of writing in a 7-day period for e-mail feedback. Each piece of writing is limited to 8 pages typed and double-spaced, or about 3,000 words.
Meet with a Consultant: Receiving feedback via e-mail is a great option for writers who learn best from written feedback or whose schedules make it difficult to meet with a consultant one-on-one. However, if you do have time to meet with a consultant face to face or by videoconference, you can expect even more assistance from these productive individual consultations.