Center for Writing & Languages

Center for Writing & Languages

Center for Writing & Languages


Shelah Simpson, B.S., M.A.R., M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Online Writing Center
Associate Professor of English

Alisha P. Castañeda, B.A.S., M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Director, Online Foreign Language Lab

Caitlin Elliott, B.A., M.A.
Intro Grad Writing Instructor

The Center for Writing and Languages (CWL), formerly known as the University Writing Program (UWP), was established in 2006 as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve graduate student writing. In support of Liberty University’s mission, CWL provides quality academic support by offering free writing, language, and subject-based tutoring services to all students. CWL is committed to fostering and facilitating university-wide academic excellence.

These areas are in-person writing coaching (for undergraduate and graduate students), the Online Writing Center, the Online Foreign Language Lab, subject-based tutoring, and online supplemental instruction, which collectively provide a supportive learning atmosphere, well-trained peer and professional tutors, classes and workshops designed to address specific student needs, and a wealth of resources available at

CWL staff are available to faculty for classroom presentations or for help in developing teaching aids, rubrics, or assignments. 

Currently, all CWL services are free of charge to Liberty University students. Faculty may download any CWL-produced online materials for use in their classes.

Undergraduate & Graduate Writing Coaching

The mission of undergraduate and graduate writing coaching is to assist students of all disciplines and all levels of expertise to become the best writers they can be. In support of this mission, the Undergraduate and Graduate Writing Center provides free face-to-face coaching sessions (our core service), classroom presentations, workshops, and web resources. Peer coaches work with writers at all stages of the writing process, from topic selection to documentation.

Students can find more information and make an appointment for undergraduate and graduate writing coaching at

Online Writing Center

In support of the University mission, Liberty’s Online Writing Center (OWC) helps online students at any level of written English proficiency identify, understand, and improve their academic writing strengths and weaknesses. To this end, the OWC offers synchronous and asynchronous tutoring by a wide variety of trained tutors with insider experience in the various degree programs offered by Liberty Online. Without editing, OWC tutors provide written feedback on drafts with direct links to web resources and writing aids specific to each student’s writing needs or speak with students via Skype to discuss projects at any stage of the writing process. Through the OWC, online students may also access a wide variety of resources—handouts, worksheets, and presentations—to research writing concerns and improve their academic writing skills. and success courses:

  • GRST 500 Introduction to Graduate Writing (0 c.h.)
  • GRST 501 Graduate Success Strategies (0 c.h.)

        Through the Online Writing Center web page (, online students can submit drafts of upcoming assignments to receive tutor feedback, schedule appointments to speak online with a tutor, use live chat or e-mail to ask quick grammar or citation questions, and or offer suggestions for further online writing aids that the OWC should consider developing. Students may contact the OWC by emailing but should not submit drafts for review to this email address. All drafts must be submitted using the Request Tutoring link on the web page.

Online Foreign Language Lab

In August 2012, the Center for Writing and Languages (CWL) opened the Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL). The OFLL provides free one-on-one tutoring sessions for students studying French, German, and Spanish through the Liberty University Online conversational language courses.

The OFLL employs highly qualified individuals with native-speaking ability who not only meet the language standards but are also skilled in effectively tutoring and teaching essential language skills. These tutors provide personalized instruction in all areas related to language acquisition, including grammar, vocabulary, appropriate writing style, and oral and auditory practice and development. Considering the long-distance nature of online learning, students will meet with tutors via Skype and Google Hangouts.

To find out more information about the OFLL and schedule an appointment, students can visit

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