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Writing Center


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What is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is a network of writing assistants that helps students navigate the writing process.  Students meet with peer writing assistants and discuss opportunities for development in the assignment.  Sessions will be casual and collaborative conversations between writing assistant and student.

What can the Writing Center do for me?

Imagine the student as a ship captain and the writing assistant as a lookout in the crow’s nest.  Lookouts scout for possible dangers (icebergs or angry whales) and inform the captain of their presence.  The captain then uses that information to direct the course of the ship.  At the Writing Center, a writing assistant calls attention to issues in the assignment so the student has a more informed route in which to steer the paper.

What can I expect to find at the Writing Center?

The Writing Center serves as a haven from the intimidating and often lonely world of academic writing.  Many students are immediately more successful when provided a comfortable space that is free of judgment and authoritative figures.  A writing assistant is a student’s ally throughout the quest for writing improvement.

Where is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center’s future home is currently under construction.  Until the building is finished, appointments will be held in the Leadership Lounge in the library.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Send an email to WritingCenter@centralpenn.edu to meet with a writing assistant.  Please include your name, your desired time to meet, and a brief description of the assignment you wish to discuss.

When should I go to the Writing Center?

Always!  Writing assistants provide help with every stage of the writing process, a service that is beneficial to writers of all levels.

A Haiku from the Director

write and enter the
conversation of mankind
our eternal bond
-Dalton James

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