Online Writing Lab

Want to improve your writing?

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free online writing resource available to students at any UW branch campus, including UW Colleges Online  and FLEX students. The OWL staff can help you improve your writing in any course.

What does the OWL do?

Any UW branch campus student may submit a paper to the OWL and receive feedback from a trained student writing tutor within just a couple of days. Tutors are trained to provide revision suggestions, not to proofread or edit students' papers.

The OWL also offers:

  • Tips for essay writing
  • Information about common grammar and punctuation errors
  • Documentation guidelines for the Modern Language Association, American Psychological Association, and Chicago Manual of Style.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the OWL, contact