The Writing Center Can Help!
Is a writing project giving you writer's cramp?
Are you struggling to get around a writer's block?
Did your teacher ask you to revise and revise again?
The Writing Center is located in the Al Harris Library Basement--B3.
Students working on papers, speeches, or presentations may stop by and see a Writing Center consultant. Call 774-7083 to ask for an appointment or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Facebook (S.W.O.S.U. Writing Center) and Twitter (@swosuwrites).
Students at all levels, writing papers in any discipline, may benefit from discussing their writing with trained Writing Center student consultants. Instructors are also welcome to bring their writing projects for discussion with our tutors. Consultants will be happy to discuss papers at any stage of development, even before there is a draft, and students are welcome to attend sessions more than once while working on a project. Both strong writers and struggling writers can enjoy receiving thoughtful feedback on papers, speeches, and presentations.
International students and students speaking English as a Second Language are always welcome at the Writing Center. We also encourage you to check out the English Conversation Corner (ECC), which is an informal once-a-week gathering designed to help non-native English speakers improve their conversational skills; please check our schedule on the “Hours” page to find out when and where the ECC meets each semester.
If you are interested in becoming a Writing Center consultant, please ask Dr. Landrum-Geyer about the peer tutoring course offered each spring and fall semester (ENG 4013). This course provides the necessary composition theory and practical experience required for all writing consultants. Taking the peer tutoring course will not guarantee employment in the Writing Center but is a requirement for consideration. Students who have taken the course have stated that the course helped them with their own writing. The course is a good resume item because it provides techniques for working one-on-one with people, a necessary skill in almost all work environments. While English and communications majors are often well suited for Writing Center work, we would like to have tutors from many disciplines, broadening our knowledge base in the special kinds of writing required in various fields. You can also find more information about ENG 4013 on the course blog (http://swosuwrites.wordpress.com).
Faculty members are encouraged to send students to the Writing Center. If a faculty member would like to take an entire class to the Writing Center to show students where it is, it may be possible to arrange for a consultant to meet the class and explain what a typical consultation is like. Email the Writing Center or Dr. Landrum-Geyer to make arrangements. Faculty members can also send over copies of assignments and discuss assignment requirements with consultants so that we may serve students and faculty better. Writing Center consultations are considered confidential, so consultants are not at liberty to discuss individual students and their sessions with faculty members.