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About Us--The Writing Center

We offer free writing support to all Carson-Newman undergraduate writers, through all of the stages of the writing processes and for genres that range from academic essays to business resumes. We offer on-site, face-to-face, individual tutoring that is tailored to the writer’s goals. Our tutors are highly accomplished undergraduate students, trained by the English Department in writing center tutoring. 


Location

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library, second floor, rooms 212 and 213.

Hours

Sunday: 7-9 pm
Monday: 9 am-1 pm & 6-9 pm
Tuesday: 10:30 am-1 pm & 6-9 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-1 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am-1 pm & 6-8:30 pm 

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Tutors

Hannah McGinnis  

The Writing Lab is a safe environment for students to come with the sole purpose of improving their writing. I love brainstorming with other students on how to make a paper more focused, grammatically correct, and intriguing. As a nursing major with many medical papers just around the corner, being involved in the Writing Center challenges me to become a better writer myself!

Bethany McNabb 

I am an English major with a 6-12 teaching licensure. I like working in the Writing Center because I am in an environment where I am teaching my peers ways to improve their writing. The best part about working in the Writing Center is being able to help those I am tutoring. Writing papers can be frustrating for many students, and I enjoy helping others find ways to improve their writing.

Hannah Montgomery  

I am majoring in English with a teaching licensure. This will be my first year working in the writing lab, and I am excited for this opportunity! I feel this experience will help me in the future as an educator.

Gabriel Reed  

I am a Philosophy/Religion and Creative Writing double major. I enjoy working at the Writing Center because I meet interesting people and have an opportunity to engage with many different ideas. I work hard to help you refine and explore your own writing because I believe that learning and communicating ideas is central to human nature and to personal growth. I look forward to seeing you in the Writing Center!

Sarah Spaulding  

I am a senior English and psychology double major. Working in the Writing Center is a joy because, as an English major, I love helping student see that writing doesn’t have to be scary—it can actually be empowering. I truly enjoy the reciprocal relationships I develop with students as they share their perspectives with me and I help them articulate their thoughts into the most effective papers possible.


 FAQ, the Writing Center

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • You can stop by during our working hours but we highly recommend that you use the online scheduling system that you can find on this page (Handshake-see above). That way, your appointment will be guaranteed and a tutor will be able to better prepare for a meeting with you. When scheduling your appointment, you will have the option to identify the focus of your meeting. You can schedule your appointment online up to two weeks in advance.

How often can I make an appointment, and how long can it be?

  • You can meet with a tutor twice a week for 30 minute sessions. That means that you can have a total of one hour during a week, but the two half-hour sessions need to be on two different days of the week.

What do I need to bring to the Writing Center?

  • Bring a copy of your paper (printed or on your computer), your assignment, any notes that you might have—including any questions that you might want to ask—and the email address of your teacher if you want us to send her/him a brief summary of your session. Your teacher will be notified of your appointment only if you ask ask us to do so. Otherwise, your Writing Center appointments are confidential.

What will happen during an appointment?

  • A tutor will work with you on your paper and address any concerns you might have regarding your writing. Your appointment will start with the tutor asking questions, such as: What is your main concern about this paper/assignment? With what can I help you today? On what do you want to focus today? What do you think is the most accomplished part of your paper, and why? After you identify your main concerns, the tutor will read your paper and discuss with you the ways in which you can improve it.

What exactly will a tutor do?

  • The tutor will help you improve any number of aspects of your paper, from your thesis, organization, and structure to citation style, punctuation, and spelling. However, since our tutors are not trained to be editors, they will not edit or proofread your papers; instead, they will identify areas of your writing that should be improved, and will therefore provide advice and tools that will enable you to significantly improve not only a particular paper but also your writing in general. Our tutors will also help you with, for instance, writing your resumes and cover letters.

Will anybody in the Writing Center write my paper for me?

  • No.

What if I come to the Writing Center and still get a grade with which I am not happy?

  • Writing is a long process and it usually takes a few drafts to make your essay as accomplished as possible. Even professional writers go through numerous drafts; that said, if you are not satisfied with your grade after a visit to the Writing Center, we recommend that you work even more closely with your professor and politely ask for clarification of her/his feedback, that you fully understand the assignment, that in the future you start the writing process much earlier, and that you try to visit the Writing Center at least two or three times before your paper is due.

What happens if I miss my appointment?

  • Since we serve the entire university and have a relatively small staff, if you miss your appointment two times in a row, you will not be able to schedule an appointment with a tutor for two weeks. We strongly recommend that you cancel your appointment through the online scheduling system or by calling 865-471-3546. You can cancel your appointment up to 30 minutes in advance.

How much does our service cost?

  • Nothing! The Writing Center provides its services to all of the Carson-Newman students free of charge.

How do I become a tutor?

  • If you are a good writer, and there is at least one professor who is familiar with your writing skills and can recommend you, please send an inquiry email to the Writing Center director, Dr. Damjana Mraović-O’Hare: dmraovic@cn.edu.

 


Writing Center Director

Dr. Damjana Mraović-O’Hare
Phone: 865-471-3546
Email: dmraovic@cn.edu 

 


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