The Writing Center: Am I “Write?”

An In-Depth Look at the Vital Student Resource

Need help with your paper or just someone to read it? The SUU Writing Center can help with every step of the process. From its location on the second floor of the Braithwaite Center (BC), the center has been helping students improve their papers and writing for 10 years.

The center employs a staff of 30 tutors, trained to help with every stage of writing from brainstorming to final drafts in both MLA and APA format. Specific tutors can be requested, but all of them are able to help.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a biology summary, a personal statement, or a dance essay-writing is writing, and we can help you with it.” Julia Combs, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center, said.

There are events held throughout the semester to encourage students to come to the Writing Center and ensure all students feel welcome to come into the Center, not just struggling writers.  Pizza for Papers night is one of these events, and it’s through giving pizza and help on papers in a friendly atmosphere that convinces all levels of students to return.

Combs explained what sets the Writing Center apart:

“The Writing Center isn’t like other student support centers, because students feel that they can only come in if they are struggling and that’s simply not true. The Writing Center is for all writing and all writers it’s a place to see if those black and white marks on a page say what you meant them to and make sense.”

The center has grown out of its current location, so in four weeks it will be moved to the basement of the Braithwaite building to allow for more space.

The Writing Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in BC 204, with extended hours in the library from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extended library hours have become are some of the busiest. Both walk-ins and appointments are available but appointments are recommended for longer papers. Sessions can be 30 minutes to an hour in length and online sessions are available.

Visit here to learn more about the Writing Center.

Their page can also be accessed by searching the Writing Center through the SUU homepage, or from the bottom link of the resources bar in mySUU portal.

Story by
Katelyn Connors

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