University of Alabama at Birmingham Writing Center

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Writing Center

Welcome to the University Writing Center

The UWC is closed for the spring semester. We will reopen for the summer on Monday, June 5. Please check back later for summer hours.
Located on the first floor of Mervyn Sterne Library, the University Writing Center is UAB students’ go-to place for help with any kind of writing. In a friendly and professional one-on-one setting, the UWC teaches students to use writing to discover, apply, and communicate knowledge. UWC services are free and available to all UAB students! See below for descriptions of all our services.

Face-to-Face Sessions

In a session of 30 or 60 minutes, a trained, experienced UWC tutor will help you with any kind of writing. You can come in for help at any stage of the writing process, from understanding your assignment all the way to putting the finishing touches on a final draft. While we do not edit for students, we can help writers learn about their common errors and develop better editing processes. Please see our FAQ Handout for more information.

Distance Tutoring Sessions

Exclusively for online and distance students, we offer asynchronous eTutoring and synchronous Online Tutoring. With eTutoring, students upload a paper to our online system and receive feedback from a tutor. With Online Tutoring, students upload a paper to our online system and chat about it in real-time with a tutor. Just like with face-to-face sessions, we focus primarily on higher-order concerns and do not edit for students. Please see our Distance Tutoring Handout for more information.

Students: Need help using our online system?

Watch these short videos to learn how to create an account, make an appointment, make a distance appointment, adding a file to a distance appointment, reschedule or cancel an appointment, and join the waiting list.

Faculty: Looking for handouts?

Below is a list of handouts you can print and distribute to your students:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Distance Tutoring Handout
  • Common Tutorial Sessions Handout
To schedule, cancel, or change an appointment, please click here and log on with your Blazer ID and password. The first time you log on, you will answer a few basic questions about who you are (major, class, etc.). Once you do that,  you’ll be able to easily sign up for tutorials for the rest of the semester. If you have any trouble accessing or using our online appointment system, you may call our front desk at 205-996-7178.

To contact UWC Director Jaclyn Wells, email To ask short writing-related questions, email; you will receive a response within 48 hours.


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