Sage Online Writing Lab (SOWL)

To access our online writing tutors, enroll in Canvas


  1. Enter your MCC username (ex: jsmith; do not add Use ONLY your MCC username.
  2. Select the I already have a McHenry County College login button.
  3. Enter your MCC network password in the Password textbox.
  4. Select the Enroll in Course button.
  5. Select the Go to the Course button to open the Sage Online Writing Lab.
  6. Note: You only need to enroll once per semester. Once you're enrolled, Sage Online Writing Lab appears as one of your courses.

need help If you require assistance, call (815) 455-8579 with your MCC username ready.

Upload your work to be reviewed

Upload your document with a few brief notes to help us assist you, and we'll return a marked-up document with comments and advice from a Sage writing tutor.

  1. Once in Canvas, select Sage Online Writing Lab from the Courses menu
  2. Select Assignments from the menu at the left
  3. Open Online Writing Lab assignment.
  4. Follow the instructions in the assignment.
  5. You will receive a marked-up document with comments and advice from a Sage writing tutor.

Remember, just like our in-person tutoring services, online tutoring is not an editing or proofreading service. We will not identify every grammatical error in your paper and our focus may be on big-picture issues in your work rather than purely "editing." Our aim is to help you improve your writing through a collaborative approach-there will still be work for you to do when you get your paper back!


  • Papers submitted without comments identifying the student and assignment cannot be reviewed.
  • Though you can begin the process by submitting on Canvas 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we require a two-business-day turnaround on all submissions. We will use our writing tutoring schedule as our definition of business days, with the business day closing when our tutoring ends for the day.
  • We cannot work with lab reports online. Please bring this type of writing to the Sage.
  • Maximum eight pages, not including references. If a longer document is submitted, we will only respond to the first eight pages and the references.
  • Submit only one assignment at a time. You can have more than one paper in at once, but please create separate submissions for each.