What happens during a Writing Center or OWL session?
The tutor will read the assignment directions and your work on the assignment with you. Next, you and the tutor will discuss your questions and concerns. The tutor will point out parts of the writing that need revision and help you determine a revision strategy. If you need help with proofreading, formatting, or citing sources, the tutor will work through those issues in your assignment and show you appropriate resources for your future use.
Who can use the Gaffney Writing Center?
All students are invited to use the Gaffney Writing Center, provided they can come to Dixie 103 at the Gaffney Campus.
I want to use the Writing Center but cannot visit the Gaffney Campus.
The LC Online Writing Lab (OWL) is designed for you. Using the LC OWL will allow you to talk with the same tutors who work in the Gaffney Writing Center. Using your phone or the microphone and speaker or keyboard on your computer, you will have a live session with a tutor. You can also communicate with the tutor through typing in a chat function.
Who can use the LC OWL?
The LC OWL is reserved for Extended Campus students. Day students enrolled in Extended Campus classes during the summer months may use the LC OWL.
Do I have to make an appointment for the OWL?
No. You can meet with a writing tutor during the OWL’s drop in hours by clicking on the drop in link.
How do I make an appointment for the OWL?
Click on the appointment link. Fill out the appointment form. Make sure to enter a valid email address you check often. Submit the form and wait for an email response. If a response does not arrive within 3 days, please email the Writing Center Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can a Day student use the LC OWL?
No. The LC OWL is reserved for Extended Campus students who cannot come to the Gaffney Campus. Day students enrolled in Extended Campus classes during the summer months may use the LC OWL.
Do I need an appointment for the Writing Center?
No. You can meet with a tutor any time the Writing Center is open. The hours are posted on the door of the Writing Center (Dixie 103) and can be found here.
Trouble Using OWL?
If you are having trouble connecting with an LC OWL writing consultant, please try the following:
*Make sure you are joining the session during the correct time. If you have an appointment, you can find the time noted in the confirmation e-mail sent to you by the LC OWL. If you are joining an OWL session through drop in hours, check the hours to make sure we are open. Refresh the page to make sure you see the up-to-date hours. Check the drop-in page.
*If you are trying to join through drop in hours using a computer, close the session and go back to the LC OWL's main page. Refresh the page, wait a few minutes, and try again. If you still see a box that says "waiting for organizer," try calling the telephone numbers listed below. Calling in by telephone only, hang up and go back to a computer with internet access. Pull up the LC OWL's main page and refresh the page. Click on the drop in link, wait a few minutes, and join the session again. If you still see a box that says "waiting for organizer," try calling the telephone numbers below.
*If you have an appointment and you are using a computer, try closing the session and starting over by opening the link in your confirmation e-mail again. If you still see a box that says "waiting for organizer," try calling the telephone numbers listed below and you are calling in by telephone only, try hanging up , waiting a few minutes, and calling again, using the same telephone number and access code provided in your confirmation e-mail. If you still hear a message that you are "waiting for the organizer," try calling the telephone numbers listed below.
If the steps above do not help, you can call GoTo Meeting technical support at 1-800-263-6317 to speak with a technical support person who can help you make sure you are connecting properly and diagnose technical problems.
If you need help that is not technical or have a question for the LC OWL staff, you can call the LC OWL's Assistant Director at (864) 488-4579, or toll free at 1- 800-795-7151 x4579 during the day. If there is no answer, please leave a voicemail message. On weekday evenings Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday before 9:30 p.m., you can reach the Assistant Director via her cell phone by texting her or calling her at 864.425.4759. During drop in hours from August through May, you may be able to reach the OWL writing consultant on duty by calling 864-488-4379 or toll free at 1-800-795-7151 x4379. Do not leave a voice-mail at this number; it cannot be returned.