About the Empire State College Online Writing Center

The ESC Online Writing Center is designed to help SUNY Empire State College students quickly and easily find the services and resources they need to become successful, independent writers.  

  • Individual assistance is available through onsite or online tutoring or by submitting a paper to Smarthinking, our online tutoring service.  
  • Workshops and Events informs students about scheduled online and face-to-face workshops at regional centers.      
  • Writing Resources provides a comprehensive guide to academic writing, steps in the writing process, documenting sources, grammar and punctuation, and other useful topics.

Academic Skills Workshops

College locations and the SUNY Empire Online offer free workshops, both onsite and online. The workshops cover a range of academic skills, including Time Management, Writing College Papers, Paraphrasing and Summarizing, Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism, Basics of Microsoft Word, etc.  

Check Skills Workshop Schedule

@Home Library Workshops

The @Home library and research skills workshops are offered online in real time by the College librarians via a web conferencing system. Workshops cover topics such as Introduction to Searching, Choosing the Best Research Materials, Working with Books and E-Books, Citing Your Sources and Using Refworks.

Go to @Home library workshops to sign up for an upcoming workshop

The College provides a free online tutoring service - Smarthinking - where you can submit a paper and get written feedback within 24-36 hours.

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* Additional options to submit a paper may be available at some ESC locations. Please contact your local office of academic support to determine if a local service is available to you.

 Writing Resources provides learners with a vast amount of self-paced learning material to help develop different areas of academic writing. Select from the list below to go to the writing resource most appropriate to your needs.

Academic Writing - Types of academic writing, the writing process, building an essay...

Research Writing - Steps in academic research, evaluating sources, developing research questions...

Critical Reading & Writing - Effective reading techniques, interpreting texts, strategies while you read...

Grammar - Nouns, verbs, adjectives, how to avoid fragments and run-ons...

Punctuation -  Apostrophes, commas, colons, semi-colons...  

Writing Exercises - Test your knowledge and practice what you have learned with writing exercises.

ESL/ELL Resources - Resources for English language learners


Questions or feedback about ESC's Online Writing Center? Contact us at Learning.Support@esc.edu.