Writing Lab


The Rose State Writing Lab provides one-on-one help with any Rose State writing project at no charge. It's open to all students; no referral is required.

A quiet, comfortable place for writers to work, the Writing Lab is staffed with qualified lab instructors and faculty members. They are prepared to help with any Rose State writing project and can provide tutorials to help students evaluate and correct common punctuation, grammar and writing problems. Lab instructors are pleased to assist students with assignments by helping them brainstorm, outline, draft, edit, and proofread; however, we cannot correct an entire essay for the students. We will provide examples and assist as the student makes appropriate improvements.

The Writing Lab is  located in Humanities, Room 137  and we are also available online! Visit us during lab hours or get help online with a response within 24-48 hours, Monday through Thursday. We've put together some commonly asked questions below. You can also use the Ask an Instructor Form to attach an essay and tell us your concern about the assignment.

The Writing Lab provides a number of very good software tutorials (including ESL software) to guide students through basic grammar and punctuation review, as well as all levels of the writing process. The software is available in the Writing Lab on campus and the Learning Resources Center. Students who need weekly tutoring sessions will be referred to Tutoring Services.  

Fall & Spring Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Closed during the first week of classes, during finals week, and between semesters.

Summer Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Humanities Building, Room 137
(405) 736-0216

Composition Workshops

Need help with a particular writing skill? Check out the FREE workshops! All workshops are held from 2-3 PM on Wednesdays in Humanities, Room 136.  View the workshop schedule.


Starting, Organizing & Writing

How do I get started?

How do I write an effective thesis statement?

How do I organize my ideas?

How do I make a formal outline?

How do I put all my notes together?

How do I overcome writer's block?

What makes an effective written argument?

Revising, Editing & Proofreading

How do I revise my paper?

How do I edit my paper?

How do I proofread my paper?

Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Grammar & Numbers

How do I use the comma?

How do I avoid comma splices?

How do I use the semicolon and colon?

How do I avoid the most common pronoun mistake?

How do I avoid the most common subject-verb mistake?

When do I spell out numbers?

Using Resources

How do I avoid plagiarism?

How do I use direct quotations?

How do I find sources on the Web?

How do I cite sources?

Essay Exams

How do I take an essay exam?

Ask An Instructor

If you have a question, use the Ask an Instructor Form below.  If you have an attachment, make sure that it is saved in MS Word or in Rich Text Format.

Ask an Instructor

You can expect to receive a response via email within two College business days, so be sure to check your email for messages after you submit a question. The Writing Lab instructors are not responsible for class deadlines or due dates. If you have not received a response to your request within two College business days, please contact Sandra Keneda at (405) 733-7384 or