Writing Assistance - Undergraduate

What is it?

  • Writing specialists will offer help at any stage of the writing process and answer questions about formatting in APA, MLA, AMA, and Chicago Style.
  • Specialists DO NOT proofread papers. Rather, they model correct writing practices.
  • Comments are restricted to structure, coherence, grammar, punctuation, and usage.  Writing specialists do not provide feedback concerning subject content.
  • The specialist will use the scheduled time to discuss the paper with the student.


  • Students make appointments by going to Genbook.
  • Appointments are 30-minutes in length.  Please limit appointments to one per day and two per week.
  • When scheduling an appointment, choose Undergraduate Writing and a specific specialist. If you choose "no preference," the first available sessions will be visible.
  • Plan ahead! Schedule in advance to ensure a convenient appointment time.
  • After implementing the specialist’s comments, students may schedule subsequent appointments.

APA Walk-In Clinic

  • Immediate help regarding in-text citations, references list, paper format, and other general questions.
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • No appointment needed.
  • CAL students email questions to arc@viterbo.edu.

For additional information, access Frequently Asked Questions. Specific questions may be emailed to the writing specialists: Ben Larsenbplarsen@viterbo.edu and Melissa Giefer, mkgiefer@viterbo.edu

For Viterbo's graduate students, assistance is available primarily online. For more details, visit the Graduate Writing Assistance webpage.

Helpful Resources

Punctuation, Grammar, and Usage

APA Style

MLA Style

Chicago Style