Center for Student Success


Writing Center

The Writing Center is a decentralized hub composed of a tight network of Peer Writing Tutors, a Professional Writing Tutor, and a Writing Director who all support written and oral communication development and implementation across disciplines.  All members of the Writing Center strive to create nonjudgmental spaces wherein students feel comfortable seeking and receiving feedback on their writing and communication skills. The Writing Center offers free writing tutoring, writing workshops, and faculty writing pedagogy development to support and promote writing as an essential and desired workplace skill.

Writing Tutors work with students one-on-one, in small groups, and in workshops to assist students to become confident, independent, impactful, and self-reflective writers and speakers.  Peer Writing Tutors have been successful in their communication courses and are trained by the Writing Director to work effectively: online and in-person; with students of all different backgrounds and abilities; with English Language Learners; and with students in specialized courses. The Professional Writing Tutor, located in Library 306c, specializes in working with English Language Learners and graduate students. The Writing Director, Dr. Anna Eyre is available to discuss questions or concerns about writing tutoring or writing pedagogy and design.  Writing Tutors are available during drop-in hours online in a Zoom room or in-person in the Student Success Center or other suitable public locations on campus.  Their schedule is available on Canvas in the Center for Student Success under Tutoring.  Additionally, appointments outside of drop-in hours can be made on UpSwing.

Writing is a social act that builds relationships. The Writing Center’s Vision is to create a campus-wide community of writers who learn from one-another in the practice and advancement of writing craft.

The Writing Center provides the following services:

  • Drop-in one-to-one tutoring in person and online for students at any stage of a writing or oral communication project
  • An experienced professional tutor to assist English Language Learners and graduate students
  • An ongoing workshop series that provides support for students with writing and communication tasks for specific classes in a small group atmosphere
  • Weekend and evening tutoring by appointment
     

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need an appointment to come to the Writing Center?
Writing Tutors are available for drop-in online and in person from 11am-7pm weekdays on a first-come, first-served basis. Writing Tutors work in our Zoom Room, in the CSS (Library 308) or in other suitable public places on campus. Check the drop-in schedule on the CSS Canvas. Appointments can be made 24 hours in advance on UpSwing.

How can I prepare for my Writing Center session?
The Writing Center staff can work most effectively if you come to the session with an assignment description, any additional information about the assignment your instructor has provided (such as rubrics, sample essays, etc.), and a sense of what you would like to work on.

Should I only visit the Writing Center if I have a complete draft?
Please visit a Writing Tutor at any point in your process. They can help if you: don’t understand the reading; don’t know where to start; feel confused or lost; feel stuck; feel like crumpling it up; feel like it’s pretty good but could be better; feel like you’re struggling with sentence structure or organization; feel happy with it but want it to be seen by someone other than the professor; need help with formatting or citation; etc.

How long does a Writing Center session last?
Writing Center sessions typically last between 20-30 minutes depending on your needs. If you need more than an hour to accomplish all your goals, you will need to work more than one session.

What kind of writing can I bring to the Writing Center?
Writing Tutors can work with any type of writing for any class: essays for Academic Reading and Writing, Principles of Communication (POC), Humanities 101, 102, and 201 papers for electives and Health Care and Human Values as well as Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Abstracts, Lab Reports and Papers, Personal Statements, Resumes, Cover Letters, etc. Writing tutors can also work with students on oral presentations for POC, Humanities, Seminar, etc.

What can I expect during a Writing Tutoring session?
At the beginning of a session, Writing Tutors will ask open-ended questions and listen to your answers to assist you in identifying what needs to be addressed first and to create an agenda for the session. The tutor will suggest steps to take to accomplish each task during the session and steps to take after the session.  Writing Tutors first address how "global" concerns (purpose, reasoning, structure) impede or advance meaning before addressing how "local" concerns (sentence structure, mechanics, word choice) impede or advance meaning.

I am an English Language Learner, can the Writing Center help me?
Yes! Writing Tutoring is open to all. ELL writers can work either with any of the Peer Writing Tutors or the Professional Writing Tutor who specializes in working with ELL students and runs the one-credit ELL course.

Can the Writing Center help with oral presentations?
Yes, absolutely. We have a projector and a screen in the CSS, so you can practice your presentation in a comfortable, supportive environment.

I am interested in becoming a Writing Center Writing Tutor; what do I need to do?
If you are interested in becoming a Writing Center Writing Tutor, please contact Dr. Anna Eyre, Writing Center Director. Writing Center tutors are required to have earned at least a "B+" in Principles of Communication or Academic Reading and Writing and need a recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with their writing. Writing Center peer tutors need to have both excellent writing and interpersonal skills.

Anna.Eyre@acphs.edu