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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 the Writing Center Assistants:  

Gina Arnold

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.

Caitlin Sellers

Bonjour! My name is Caitlin Sellers, and I’m a senior with an English and French double major and a minor in Biblical Greek. In the future, I hope to pursue the study of poetry and also continue crafting my own poetry. I would love to roam around the world for a few years (or longer) and discover its beauties for myself. However, at the moment, I love to drink Community Coffee, try to sing like Jessye Norman, and rap about Moby Dick with my dad. “Call me Ishmael…”

Morgan Carlock

I’m Morgan Carlock, and I am a junior English major with minors in Spanish and Christian Studies. This is my second semester in The Writing Center. I am an active member of Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Mu Gamma, LC Students for Life, and C.O.R.P.S. In my free time, I work at LifeWay in Alexandria. I absolutely love Oxford commas, yoga, and Shel Silverstein’s poetry. Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that I hate chocolate and coffee. I look forward to helping you improve your writing, no matter what level, in The Writing Center. See you there!

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.