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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. 


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


 Noah Broyles  

Writing a good paper can be difficult. I am a junior majoring in Business, so I understand what it feels like to be caught up in the thick of things with an essay or report looming. If you’re struggling to figure out what a thesis is and how to write one, wondering how to sustain your paper for eight or ten pages without it becoming boring, or just wanting another pair of eyes to look over your work and give you feedback, then the Writing Center is the place you want to come to.

Lindsay DeVore   

I am a sophomore in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing, as well as a minor in Business Writing. I am also on the volleyball team. This will be my first year tutoring in the Writing Center and I am beyond thrilled for the opportunity to help C-N students improve their writing.

Thomas Fodor

I am a senior Political Science and Philosophy double-major with a minor in Math and Oxford Studies. Writing a good paper is challenging and time consuming, but very rewarding. As someone who is on the Speech and Debate Team and Moot Court Team, I realize the importance of a coherent, logical, and well thought out argument. I am excited to help you with your writing and argumentation. I look forward to working with you in the Writing Center.

Alexis Headley    

I am a junior Nursing and Religion double major with an emphasis in Missions. I enjoy working with others, and offering my service to people who want to better themselves. Because of this, I look forward to working in the Writing Center for my second year and meeting new people, as well as seeing familiar faces. I am excited to help with the writing process for students who are striving to master their writing skills. I hope to be able to learn from others as they learn from me. 

Leah Jones

I am a junior majoring in English, as well as a Pre-Med student. As an English major, I know the difficulties that can arise when writing a paper, as well as the frustration and anxiety the writing process can bring. I am so excited to have this opportunity to offer my help to students with their papers and expressing themselves through their writing. I hope that students leave the Writing Center with the goal of creating a paper that excels, as well as a newfound confidence in their writing skills. I look forward to meeting and working with many students throughout my time as a tutor, and I hope to learn from them just as they are learning from me.

MacKenzie Lane

I am a junior Biochemistry/Pre-Pharmacy major. I am looking forward to working with students and helping them improve their writing skills. I know the difficulty and frustration that can come with writing an essay, but I have also experienced the feeling of accomplishment that it can bring. It is this feeling that I want to share with fellow C-N students.

Ansley Parker

I am a freshman, majoring in Biology (Pre-Med), and also a Faith and Justice Scholar and a member of the Honors Program. I am so excited to be working in the Writing Center. A well thought-out and proofread paper is something for which you should strive. I would love to help you in achieving this!

Ashley Rosenbalm

I am a Sophomore Vocal Music Education major, and this my first year working in the Writing Center. I enjoy helping others whenever I can, and I also think that by working in the Writing Center, I can improve my own writing skills. I understand how frustrating it might feel to write a paper, and I’m looking forward to being able to help C-N students who come to the Writing Center.

Xiaohua Sawyer

I am a senior Business Administration major and Linguistics corollary major. The last three years at Carson-Newman have taught me that being an accomplished writer is the key to achieving one's academic success. From analyzing the topic to developing a relevant argument, the process of writing involves incredible information gathering and critical thinking. I worked in China as an English tutor for high school students, as well as an an English teacher at an English Training School. I am native proficiency bilingual in English and Mandarin. It will be my pleasure to help any students who may need an extra piece of advice in their writing assignments. I look forward to seeing you at the Writing Center!

Kyndall Scott

I am a senior English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing. While this will be my first and only year in the Writing Center, I am excited to help other students with assignments that may be causing stress. In the process, I hope to learn more about myself as both a writer and mentor.

Elizabeth Turner

I am a sophomore studying English and Spanish. This year I am volunteering in the Writing Center because I enjoy engaging with and helping other students in their academic studies— especially when it involves writing. I hope to help students in their growth, comprehension, and utilization of the English language and composition. It can be a long and difficult process to write a coherent, well resourced paper — often a daunting process to undertake alone. For these reasons, the Writing Center is available, and I am thrilled to be a volunteer in it.

 FAQ, the Writing Center

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • No need to schedule an appointment! Just come to the Writing Center during our working hours, and a tutor will help you. 

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.

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:


Writing Center Director

Dr. Damjana Mraović-O’Hare
Phone: 865-471-3546

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