A place for writers     information desk

Bierce Writing Commons, located on the ground floor of Bierce Library, welcomes all University of Akron students who want to work on writing projects in any class. Trained writing consultants can assist at any point in the writing process …

  • Brainstorming
  • Development
  • Organizing
  • Proofreading
  • Working with outside sources and citation styles

This free service is available to all University of Akron students from their first semester through their final graduate school writing project.

The skilled writing consultants at Bierce Writing Commons believe that writing is a collaborative process. Their goal is to help students become stronger and more confident writers.


A face-to-face session with a Bierce Writing Commons consultant is an ideal way to discuss and get feedback on your writing. However, because of time or geographic constraints, it may not always be possible for you to schedule an appointment in the Commons. 

An alternative to Bierce Writing Commons is The Online Writing Lab, a service of eTutoring.org. With the Online Writing Lab you can submit a draft of your paper to a tutor and ask for specific feedback. Within 24 to 48 hours, you receive your work back with a tutor’s comments. You are allowed to submit up to three drafts per paper. Please note that this is NOT a proofreading service. Like the consultants in Bierce Writing Commons, an Online Writing Lab tutor will give you suggestions as to how you can revise your own paper.

Watch this YouTube video to see how the eTutoring services work. Click on the eTutoring link to read more about this resource. To use the services, you must create an account and log into the program.  

To browse the weekly eTutoring schedule before you log in and make an appointment, click on this link.