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:
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.
I’m Gina Arnold, and I am a Senior English major with a minor in French. This is my second semester in the Writing Center, and I am an active member of both Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Mu Gamma at Louisiana College. I enjoy serving on the Residence Life staff here at LC, and I am grateful to have been given many opportunities to improve my skills in leadership and communication. In my non-existent “spare time,” I enjoy looking through old books, googling pictures of bunnies (and subsequently crying over the adorableness), and drinking chai lattes. Over the summer, I obtained my Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification, which I hope to use on the mission-field. In the future, I plan to attend seminary to pursue a degree in Christian counseling.
Hi, I'm Sarah Caskey, and this is my second year working here in the Writing Center! I'm a second semester junior majoring in English education and working towards the goal of one day becoming a high school English teacher. Apart from being a recipient of the English Faculty scholarship and a member of the English honors society Sigma Tau Delta, I'm a Top 30 Scholar, a leader in LC's Cats Against Trafficking, and an active member of Union Board, Student Orientation Staff, and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries here on campus. Apart from trying to keep up with LC's campus life, I really enjoy drinking coffee, taking naps, and holding kittens in my arms.
My name is Lauren White, and I am a junior at Louisiana College. This is my second year working in the Writing Center. I am pursuing an English major and a French minor, and I am the President of Sigma Tau Delta as well as a member of Alpha Mu Gamma. I am passionate about writing; I'm a complete grammar nerd; and I love corny jokes. I will do all that I can to make English more enjoyable and less intimidating for you. I look forward to seeing you in the Writing Center!
My name is Joy Constant, and I am the administrative assistant in the Humanities division. A graduate of LSU, I have B.A. in English Literature degree. After teaching for several years at Montessori Educational Center, I chose to educate my own three children at home. With that task almost complete, I am now enjoying college again – in a completely different way. A few of my favorite enjoyments are experiencing the great outdoors, saturating myself in really good reads, and having a good laugh for any reason with my awesome kids.
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.