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The Writing Center

The Writing Center is a caring space open to all of Doane’s Crete campus community members. Visits are recommended for everyone: all writers can benefit from a conversation with a reader. All writing is welcome at all stages, whether it’s just an idea in your head or a complete draft on the page. The peer consultants are trained to talk through your writing with you and help you meet your goals.


The Writing Center is located in the Learning Commons (library) in the Communications Building. Find the center any time on Instagram @doaneuniversitywritingcenter and Twitter @DWritingCenter. For any other writing questions or concerns, please contact the Writing Center at

Please encourage students to seek out Writing Center assistance sooner rather than later. Students who wait until the last minute to use our services may not get helped because of time limitations or lack of available appointment times. The Writing Center does not provide in-person or virtual writing services over the weekend or during official holiday breaks.

Hours for the Writing Center

Writing Center services and hours will resume Monday, January 17th. Operational hours will be:

9am to 9pm Monday through Thursday

9am to 6pm on Fridays

Writing Consultations

In our 50 minute writing consultations you can discuss brainstorming, writing process, ideas, organization, citations, and proofreading. Consultations are done by appointment only with a trained writing consultant. They can be done in person (Crete and Lincoln campuses) or via Zoom. To schedule a writing consultation, please reserve a day and time by clicking on this link:  Writing Center Appointment.  Writing Consultations are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. For Tuesdays and Thursdays hours will vary depending on the availability of writing consultants.

Virtual or In-person Drop-in Writing Help Desk

If you have a quick writing question or need a writing consultation, you may drop by the Writing Center on the Lincoln campus (Room 204 in the Fred Brown Center) or the Writing Center on the Crete campus (Room 144 in the Library)  or use the Zoom link: Virtual Drop-In Writing Help Desk from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to talk to a writing consultant. Writing consultation appointments take precedence over drop-ins.


To submit a final draft paper, please follow the instructions below and send as an attachment to Papers may be submitted 24/7.

Submission Instructions

  • Final draft papers only.
  • Ten page limit on all papers submitted.
  • Paper must be a word or Google doc.  No pdfs please.
  • In your email, include your name, campus, course name/number, and brief instructions for the paper.
  • Allow 24-48 hours (business days) for the Writing Center to return your paper. If you submit a paper on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, that means the Writing Center has until Tuesday to return your paper. 
  • Any papers not following the above instructions will be returned to student.

Mission Statement

The Writing Center serves all members of the Doane community by creating and supporting, a culture of writing.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement and Outcomes

The Doane University celebrities diversity and inclusion by acknowledging the humanity in other and navigating difference as a necessary process for all communities. We welcome writers of all identities, including but not limited to sex, gender identity, religious beliefs or lack thereof, sexual orientation, political persuasion, race, ethnicity, cultural background, ability state (including writing ability), immigration status, national origin, language, socioeconomic status, body type, and personal history. We are committed to rejecting the rhetoric of bigotry and hate, and we are committed to resisting individual and structural oppression to create a safer, more inclusive, and more just university for all. We seek to create multiple and carried channels of access to our services; and to respect and affirm difference as it manifests, whether through linguistic, identity, interpersonal, or other markers.