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Writing Center Offers Students an Array of Services

Because writing is an essential component in how we communicate inside and outside the classroom, the University is offering students a wide variety of services to help with their writing. A 2900-square-foot writing center is scheduled to be formally dedicated and opened on Thursday, January 31.

Located on the first floor of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library, the writing center is equipped with five desktop computers, three laptops and two iPads. It has classroom space where workshops can be offered as well as tutoring space. The center has two permanent staff members and between five and eight writing consultants, also known as tutors.

Although the center will help students with their writing, its mission is much broader. It seeks to help scholars across all disciplines establish a more versatile and effective method of thinking, writing and reading through individual consultations, professional tutoring, customizable resources and workshops and programs.

Workshop topics that students may find attractive include: Citation City, Body Paragraph, Narrative Paragraph, Cohesion and Coherence, Paraphrasing and Plagiarism, Writing for your Audience, Common Grammar and Punctuation Errors, Selecting and Integrating Source Materials, Essay Prompts and Time Management.

All currently enrolled students as well as faculty can take advantage of the writing center’s services. Faculty can also facilitate workshops. From help with coursework to writing a personal statement for graduate school, students can find guidance, assistance and support at the writing center.

Contact the writing center at (757) 823-2271 or