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About the OWL

Christmas Break
The OWL will close for Christmas break starting Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 2 p.m.; it will reopen on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10 a.m. Submissions will not be accepted during break.


Who can use the Online Writing Lab (OWL)?

Online Writing Lab

ACCEL, nursing, online, and off-site students can use the IU Online Writing Lab (OWL). We offer Email and Go to Meeting sessions.

Email Sessions:

You send your paper for review via Email. Your paper is returned with suggestions for revision.

Read the Email session overview and sign up for an Email writing session.

Go to Meeting Sessions:

A Go to Meeting Session (GTM) is a live writing session with a Writing Assistant. In addition to sending your paper to the IU OWL, you must schedule an appointment by calling the Writing Center at (484) 323-3494.

Read the Go to Meeting overview and sign up for a Go to Meeting session.

Not sure what you need assistance with?

See definitions of Commonly Used Revision Terms to help you fill out your concerns on the sign-up form.

What you can expect from us:

This Jing video provides a visual description of typical comments we send to students, so you know what to expect and how to interpret them. Here, you can view the script for the video. Please note: We do not offer revision suggestions regarding content.

IU OWL Email Hours

Monday - Wednesday

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


For email sessions, allow

5 pages or less - 24 hour return

6 -11 pages - 48 hour return 

12-21 pages - 72 hour return 

 21+ pages - Call the Writing Center


Go to Meeting

Call the Writing Center