The Writing Center is closed for the Fall semester and will reopen in January 2021. More details to follow.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, until further notice, THE WRITING CENTER IS RESERVED ONLY FOR THE WRITING CENTER TUTORS AND TUTEES. The Writing Center is NOT TO BE USED AS A STUDY PLACE.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.
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.
I am a junior and an art major with a dual emphasis in graphic design as well as drawing and painting. I almost ended up trying to tackle a creative writing minor on top of my major. I did later decide against it, but English and writing would definitely be my favorite subject, after art of course! This is my first semester working in the Writing Center, and I am looking forward to helping students grow their skills, and become prolific paper writers.
Writing a good paper can be difficult. I am a senior 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.
I am a sophomore and an English major. I have always been very grammar-focused and I am also very organized. I think writing a coherent, well-organized paper is a much-needed skill and it can be really fun! This will be my first year working in the Writing Center, and I am excited to help students improve their writing skills and see how fun writing can be!
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.
I am a senior 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.
I am a sophomore, 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!
I am a junior 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.
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?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Center Director
Dr. Damjana Mraović-O’Hare