Writing Center prepares students to become better writers

Lucy Stone, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the Writing Center hosted their annual open house to inform students of the services they provide. Students were greeted with colorful streamers and balloons while they met the tutors, toured the facility and enjoyed a free lunch.

The Writing Center provides a variety of services aimed at helping students. Tutor Diana Peck said, “We can help students with brainstorming, organization and honing in on ideas.” Tutors can also help with MLA and APA formatting, as well as utilizing certain computer processors like Microsoft Word. The Writing Center is willing to help students not only with English assignments, but with all types of writing.

One service the Writing Center does not offer, however, is editing. “We don’t edit,” said Peck. “We tutor people to become better writers.” Tutors will help students through every step of the writing process but will not edit or proofread every mistake. Their goal is to help students recognize their own writing errors.

The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If students cannot make it to the center during those times, there are alternatives. Tutors can help students through online submissions but tutor Jane Smith, mentions that “online submissions can provide students with suggestions, but not edits.”

The center also offers satellite hours. Athletes can seek help on Mondays at the Lane Library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All students can find additional help on Tuesdays at the Learning Commons from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. And first year students can receive help with their writing on Thursdays at Windward Commons, also from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Writing Center is located in room 123 inside Gamble Hall. Students can schedule an appointment by calling (912) 344-3072 or emailing the center at writing.center@armstrong.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.