Walk-In Writing Clinic

In August, the Mount Vernon Public Library will offer a walk-in writing clinic that allows library patrons to bring in a few pages of writing-in-progress— a family history, a cover letter, a poem, personal statement for a scholarship award, a grant proposal—for one on one consultation with Literary and Writing Programs Manager Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher.  The walk-in clinics provides patrons with an “extra set of eyes” to polish writing that is important to them. Patrons can sign up for 20-minute conferences, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Walk-In Writing Clinic is available Mondays from 12:00-1:00 PM, and Thursdays from 5:00-6:00 PM. Clinic hours being on Monday, August 12 and will run through mid-December. *No Writing Clinic on major holidays.

Patrons can also email Smith-Fletcher at jfletcher@knox.net for more information.

Writing Clinic FAQ 

What’s a writing clinic?

Like a health clinic, the Writing Clinic offers brief conferences to help patrons edit documents, discuss creative work, and proofread work-in-progress. 

What sorts of things can I bring to the Writing Clinic?

Wedding vows


Cover letters & Resumes

Scholarship essays

Grant Proposals

Business Plans

Family histories


Holiday letters

What does the writing clinic help with?

Mechanics: spelling, punctuation, grammar

Style: clarity, flow and voice

Rhetoric: logic, argument, persuasion

What if I haven’t written anything yet, but I have an idea?

Draft your idea in writing, and bring it in. We can work with “unfinished” but we can’t work with a blank page.

How many pages can I bring in?

The clinic is for short work; a good measure is 1-3 typed pages, 1000 words or less.

 How does the Walk-In Clinic Work?

Each appointment is 20 minutes.

First come, first served.

Sorry, but we do not offer homework help.

 Are there writings the Walk-In Clinic won’t assist me with?

Yes. Library staff have discretion to decline to work with any written content, including but not limited to hate speech, erotica, bigotry, conspiracy theories or other topics.

 Can I bring in my novel/screenplay/biopic/50,000 word autobiography?

Unfortunately, limited staff time does not allow us the leisure to help with long-form projects. However, you can sign up for a conference and Smith-Fletcher will help you find resources to assist you in your writing process.

 When is the Writing Clinic open?

Writing Clinic hours vary. Check the library website or calendar for dates and times. Email jfletcher@knox.net for more info.

Past dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Monday, August 12th, 2019, repeated every week on Monday until Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Starting Thursday, August 15th, 2019, repeated every week on Thursday until Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

201 N. Mulberry St.
Mount Vernon , OH 43050


Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher