The Writing Center

Joan Rosen Writing Studio
212 Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3120

Fall 2020 Hours
Mon-Thurs 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Fri 9:00 AM-5PM; Sun variable, all via
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Anton/Frankel Center

20 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Undergraduate Student Services

Student Services
The Oakland University Writing Center is a free service that offers support in all stages of the writing process for students enrolled at Oakland University or any of its satellite programs.

Our highly trained peer consultants can help students to:
  • Comprehend assignment goals
  • Translate instructor feedback into a revision plan
  • Develop confidence for new writing tasks
  • Choose assignment topics
  • Verbalize ideas
  • Transfer thoughts from head to hand
  • Gain awareness of audience, situation, and purpose
  • Organize thoughts
  • Generate clear and concise theses
  • Articulate informed arguments with appropriate claims and reasons
  • Gain control of grammar and mechanics
  • Practice paraphrase and appropriate use of research materials
  • Understand new media presentations such as PowerPoint, video, websites, and Prezi
  • Learn and follow APA, MLA, Chicago, and other documentation guidelines for writing
While we try to accommodate walk-ins as our staffing allows, we strongly encourage students to make an appointment to ensure that their writing needs are met in a timely manner. Please visit our Schedule an Appointment page to schedule a meeting with a consultant. If you have other questions, please send an e-mail to or give us a call at (248) 370-3120.

Preparing for the
Writing Center Consultation
After you have made an appointment with the Writing Center, you should prepare for your appointment to make the most efficient use of your time.

Please bring one of the following items with you to your Writing Center appointment:
  • A print copy of your paper - we do not have the resources to print your papers or sources.
  • Your own laptop - try to have a file copy so that you are not subject to the whims of the OU wifi network.
  • A computer rented from the Circulation Desk at Kresge Library - you can checkout a library laptop in house if you show your ID.
When preparing for your appointment, please do the following:
  • Gather your assignment sheet and draft paper (bring any sources, note cards, etc).
  • Clarify any questions that you have concerning your assignment with your professor.
  • Read through your paper and write down any questions that you may have for the visit.
  • Familiarize yourself with the citation style that you will be using.
  • Turn off all cell phones and pagers.
Referred to
the Writing Center?

Many instructors ask their students to visit the Writing Center where they can practice and refine their writing skills. If your professor or instructor has referred you to the Writing Center, please know that we are eager to work with you.

To make the most of your visit, please refer to our Preparing for a Writing Center Consultation tab before your appointment.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and schedule an appointment soon.