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Online Writing Lab - OWL

writing assistance

About the OWL

Welcome to the OWL, the online branch of the Connors Family Learning Center's writing tutorial services. Staffed by graduate and undergraduate readers trained at responding to the work of their peers both critically and constructively, the OWL provides free tutoring assistance to the Boston College community. As with in-person tutoring, our mission is to help students improve their writing at the global level, with attention to argument, organization, and effectiveness, rather than extensive grammatical and syntactical revisions.

We strongly recommend that writers interested in submitting to the OWL first read our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact the OWLInquiries about the OWL may be directed to the OWL coordinator, Craig Kasprzak (, or to the director of the Connors Family Learning Center, Dr. Kathy Duggan (


Spring 2016 Schedule

Monday, February 1 - First day accepting submissions for the spring semester.

Wednesday, March 2 - Deadline for submissions to receive feedback before Spring Recess.

Saturday, March 5, to Sunday, March 13 - Closed for Spring Recess. Submissions received during this time will not be processed until Monday, March 14.

Monday, March 21 - Deadline for submissions to receive feedback before Easter Weekend.

Thursday, March 24, to Monday, March 28 - Closed for Easter Weekend. Submissions received during this time will not be processed until Tuesday, March 29.

Monday, April 18 - Closed for Patriot's Day

Tuesday, May 3 - Deadline for spring semester submissions.

Friday, May 6 - Closed for summer.

Please note additionally that the OWL is closed on all Saturdays.


What BC students are saying about the OWL:

“My tutor highlighted specific passages for both compliments and critiques. Her feedback was extremely useful toward my revisions.”

“My OWL reader delivered some of the best feedback I have ever received from a tutor. I am extremely grateful for all of his help.”

“The OWL is an incredibly helpful tool for writers and I appreciate having this resource!”

“The tutor offered clear and extensive comments about my thesis statement, the quality of my analysis, and my essay’s structure.”

“I was extremely pleased with my tutor's feedback. It was even more thorough, precise, and clear than expected.”

“All of my tutors from the OWL have been extremely helpful in my writing process. They pushed me to improve my writing and offered new tactics that I can use on my own.”