Writing Support

The Graduate Support Center offers writing assistance for all graduate and professional students at UIW. Professional Development Specialists in Writing will help with the basics of diction, grammar, syntax and sentence structure while also focusing on larger structural issues, and APA and other formatting guidelines. Our Writing Specialists will review a part of the paper and provide feedback. When attending face-to-face writing sessions bring a copy of your syllabus, the assignment, and your paper. Allow for one to two days to pass before scheduling another appointment. 

Appointments are made through our online management system, WCONLINE. You can make an appointment anytime. The good thing about WCONLINE is that you get automatic reminders as an email or text. If the schedule is full, you can sign up for a waiting list. In addition to in-person consultations, you can meet with a tutor online in real time through a collaborative white-board, text, and video and audio chat.

Go to https://uiwtx.mywconline.com/ to register and make an appointment.

Professional Development Specialists in Writing are available for in-person consultations Monday through Thursday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm in room 233 in the Mabee Library.  


LucilleLucille “Sia” Achica, M.A.

Professional Development Specialist--Writing


Ms. Achica attended the University of Hawaii, earning both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Pacific Studies, focusing on Samoans in diaspora in Hawaii and the US. She has served as a volunteer member of Hawaii-based Samoan cultural and civic organizations, helping to write for non-profit tax exemption statuses, small grants and college scholarship donations. Sia was also an assistant grant writer, research writer, English writing tutor and English translations writer for Samoan language books and videos, while working for the Samoan Studies Institute at the American Samoa Community College. In addition, Ms. Achica was Pacific Studies Lecturer for both the American Samoa Community College and the University of Hawaii's West Oahu campus.


Charita Ray-Blakely, Ph.D.

Professional Development Specialist--Writing


Dr. Ray-Blakely possesses significant experience in the editorial process including writing, editing, formatting, and publishing. She currently serves as an independent editor and has served as associate editor for the International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, assistant and adjunct professor, and is a published author. Dr. Ray-Blakely earned her Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Management with an emphasis in Adult Education from Texas A&M University--College Station. She also holds a dual Master of Arts in Management and Human Resources Development from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.