We work with students at all stages of their academic career, from first-year students in introductory courses to graduating seniors in capstone courses. We also work with writers at any stage of the writing process to understand assignment requirements, brainstorm ideas, further develop content, help with formatting (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.), and polish their prose.
The Ott Memorial Writing Center offers help on more than just English papers — although we welcome those! Our tutors represent a range of majors and are prepared to respond to writing across the disciplines, so Marquette undergrads can bring any project at all, including lab reports, group projects, personal statements, and multimodal projects and presentations. We further offer assistance on projects that may or may not be required for classes, including fiction and poetry, resumes, and cover letters. We truly enjoy the variety of projects writers bring in to discuss.
The Ott is for all writers who care about writing, not just for students who feel they are struggling with their writing. All writers--successful writers, anxious writers, prolific writers, struggling writers--benefit from talking about their writing in progress with an interested, experienced reader. Graduate students often bring their MA and PhD projects to the writing center; tutors on staff (including the Director) also bring their own writing in to discuss with other tutors because we know first-hand how valuable these conversations can be. The Ott is a place for all students, staff, and faculty to come to receive support and encouragement in order to do their best work.