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Division of Humanities
Alexandria Hall Room 304
Fall 2013 Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9-11
Tuesday and Thursday 2-6
What We Do
The Writing Center is a free academic support service sponsored through the Humanities Division that allows students to work one-on-one with trained assistants on any aspect of their writing project. Most of our clients are students who are working on class assignments. We generally help students:
• grasp the assignment and what it requires of them
• understand how their own writing is and isn‘t working
• learn strategies for writing tasks (how to brainstorm, organize, etc.)
• practice the art of revision in both re-seeing and rewriting
Our approach to assisting, then, is first and last to ask questions and help student writers to discover their own purpose for writing and means by which this purpose can be best achieved. In the best case, this process becomes a habit of mind which students subsequently practice on their own. We aim at rendering ourselves unnecessary to the student in the glorious future, when he or she acquires the habits of being able to think through a topic, organize ideas, anticipate and counter objections or questions, illustrate by data or example, check and repair sentences and so on. To that end, we strongly urge students to make multiple appointments for each writing assignment they bring to us. A single visit is of much less value in the long term than multiple visits.
If there exists a misconception about The Writing Center, it is that it functions primarily a proofreading service, that we provide a sort of one-hour martinizing to "clean up" student papers. That is not what we do. Everything we do is aimed at empowering the student writer to write effectively without our intervention, and proofreading students‘ papers for them would be counter to this aim. In view of our limited time and resources, we try to concentrate efforts where they will do the most long-term good. For example, we would ask, “How can you make this paragraph more coherent or persuasive?” as opposed to “Which pronoun case is used before a gerund?” This does not mean that we do not address grammar and punctuation problems, because we do. We work with students to help them recognize and correct their errors and patterns of error as well as introducing them to useful proofreading techniques.
Meet Our Writing Assistants:
Hello! My name is Haley Laird, and I am a senior at Louisiana College. I am a double major in English and Business Management-Marketing with plans to attend graduate school. I enjoy spending time with friends, scrapbooking, and watching old movies. I can't wait for you to come visit us in the Writing Center this semester.
Hi! I am Paige Jordan. I am a senior English major and Christian Studies minor. I am also an RA in Cottingham Hall. I enjoy board games, science fiction, and thrift shopping. Sometimes I talk to squirrels. I look forward to meeting you in the Writing Center.
The Writing Center Philosophy
The Writing Center is a friendly place where students can come for help with their writing and know they will be treated with respect and kindness. We provide a non-threatening atmosphere where students can work on what—for many of them—is a difficult, mysterious, and stressful task. We try to demystify the writing process, working with each individual writer who seeks our help to find the way of proceeding that works best for him or her.
Though we work to ensure that all clients leave The Writing Center with a clear idea of what they need to do next in order to make their paper better, we do not feel that this is enough. We are passionately dedicated to the goal of helping our clients become more self-sufficient writers. We want them on their own to put into practice the skills and techniques that they learn in sessions with our writing assistants. No writer is ever entirely self-sufficient –- even the best and most professional writers seek input and advice from others –- but what the best writers do have is the learned ability to serve as their own readers and editors, to question their purpose for writing and their effectiveness in communicating information and ideas. We are always working on ways to help students achieve this sort of independence; to this end, we urge students to make multiple appointments for every writing project and to come to The Writing Center with every writing assignment they receive. Moreover, we try always to be learning ourselves, from our clients, from each other, from faculty across the disciplines, from writers and researchers in the field, and from our own experiences as writers.
How to Make an Appointment:
Please either stop by AH Room 304 and make an appointment or call 318-487- 7160 during our operating hours.
Dr. Cheryl D. Clark, Chair of the Division of Humanities and the Writing Center Director
Office: AH 301D
Carolyn Pecanty, Administrative Assistant
Office: Department of Humanities