Writing Center

Welcome to the Writing Center. We are here to help you with any part of the writing process and with any writing task. We are located in Room 230A in the Munday Library.

FINDING, SCHEDULING, AND CANCELING APPOINTMENTS

  • To check for available appointments, schedule an appointment, or cancel an appointment, please use TutorTrac, our online scheduling app.

  • For help navigating TutorTrac, please use this step-by-step walkthrough.

NEW CANCELLATION POLICY [Effective July 2014]

  • If you wish to cancel your appointment, you must cancel (using Tutor Trac) at least two hours before the scheduled time.

  • If you do not cancel the appointment at least two hours before (and do not attend the appointment), you will be marked as "missed."

  • Two missed appointments will bar you from scheduling any further appointments for the rest of the semester.

APPOINTMENT POLICIES

  • Appointments are for 30 minutes each and begin at the scheduled time.
  • During the regular school year, most students may schedule up to three 30-minute appointments per week. During Summer semesters, students may schedule up to four 30-minute appointments per week. Capstone students may schedule up to two 60-minute appointments per week.
  • No student may schedule more than 60 minutes of appointments on any one day.
  • Please be on time for your appointment, and be sure to bring the assignment as well as your hard-copy draft.
  • We cannot print your draft for you. Printing is available in the computer labs.
  • If you can't keep your appointment, please be courteous to others and cancel your appointment online at least two hours before its scheduled time. Two missed appointments will bar you from scheduling any further appointments for the rest of the semester.
  • We do not offer tutoring services via email or telephone. We follow the "gold standard" of face-to-face coaching.
  • If you are a current New College or graduate student, you may use us for a face-to-face appointment and also use the OWL (Online Writing Lab). The OWL is for New College and graduate students only.

WHY VISIT THE WRITING CENTER?

As writing teacher Ben Raforth argues:

  • "Writing isn’t easy and tutors can help [...]
  • Tutors are able to discuss writing in a way that moves you forward. They create idea-rich conversations.
  • Writing centers instill confidence that you are on the right track, or help you get there if you’re not.
  • Writers need readers."

OUR CLIENTS AND SERVICES

Current students, faculty and staff may come to the center for help with any writing project, including

  • formal and informal essays, letters, and journals;
  • mission course papers (e.g., Capstone and American Dilemmas);
  • technical reports, memos, summaries, case studies, group reports, PowerPoint presentations, and other assignments;
  • creating writing assignments and assessment instruments;
  • graduate school and scholarship essays; and
  • cover letters and resumes.

To help our clients become better writers, our instructors first focus on the big concerns, such as

  • thesis/main idea;
  • purpose and genre;
  • content development--outlines, rough drafts, and revisions;
  • introduction/conclusion;
  • organization;
  • transitions; and
  • MLA and APA documentation and use of authoritative sources.

When necessary, we will also provide assistance with grammar, mechanics, and style. However, we are not an editing or proofreading service. The writing center is a place of learning, connected to larger goals that the university has for its students. Thus, in addition to improving your project now, we want to help you become a better writer in the long run.

As writing professor John Duffy puts it, "[T]o the extent that writing center conversations encourage participants to practice, in classroom and community settings, the virtues so strikingly absent from our present public discourse, we may say that writing centers contribute not only to individual character development but toward better forms of public argument, and thus to the common good."

How and Why do St. Edward's Students Use the Writing Center?

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The purpose of this site is to provide information about and access to the Writing Center for university students, faculty, and staff. For more information about this page or the St. Edward's Writing Center, contact Drew M. Loewe.

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