Writing Center Tutors

 


Dr. Britt Terry

Writing Center Coordinator

What do you enjoy most about writing centers?

Writing centers foster a truly collaborative environment. Clients and tutors work with each other to share ideas and techniques. Working with someone else improves our audience awareness, our abilities to look at our writing and our process from another person’s perspective. Writing centers allow me to improve my writing, for sure. But, writing centers also allow me to step outside of myself.

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Brookelynn Deaton

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Every person who works in the writing center is remarkably different from the next, and we're all good at different things, but we all write. We all have something to bring to each student that walks through the door, whether that be first-hand experience, straight knowledge, or an endless amount of ideas. The students that we help are as vastly different as we are, and I always find that I walk out every day not only having helped them grow as a writer but having learned something new myself. Working in the writing center, for me, has been an experience thus far and beyond rewarding.

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Vera Goodson

What do you enjoy most about writing centers?

The writing center is such a creative space for the exchange of ideas, techniques, thoughts and theories. Working in the writing center is just a privilege—I get to help foster and develop new thoughts with my students, and watch their ideas grow and blossom on paper.  Through debate and discussion we discover, together—as tutor and student—how best to communicate written ideas from personal to academic. I think that writing centers help bring a casual approach to an often intimidating subject, in a relaxed environment free from academic evaluation. To me, writing centers are about welcoming a community of knowledge from a myriad of majors and life experiences all while gaining understanding in writing and research techniques and styles.

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Harrison Huntley

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I love when my writing causes the reader to act. Whether the reader wants to visit a stadium I wrote about or simply wants to read a poem I analyzed, I love when I can motivate people. Even with more serious topics, motivation is half the battle. One of the best feelings for me is when someone, even if it’s just a teacher, tells me my writing affected them.

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LaQuestis Scott

What do you enjoy most about writing centers?

Before being given the opportunity to work in the writing center, I'd never even stepped foot in there. If I had known then what I know now, the writing center would've been one of my favorite places. What I like about the writing center is that it is a supportive environment. Students can come in (for free) and be sure that they are going to be successful in getting a paper done or understanding certain material because the consultants are willing to help. Rather than getting a second opinion from friends, students can get one from individuals with writing experience and other (free) resources in the writing center.

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Abby Rausch

What do you enjoy most about writing?

What I like most about writing is its permanence. While spoken word can be heard, written word is tangible. The tangibility allows us to reread and remember. Forgotten feelings can be reawakened, past puzzles can be solved, and future clues can be revealed by revisiting writing. Writing is the most private form of art, subdued and humble. It requires wit and patience and, when done well, gives startling responses. A gifted writer makes words into memories and emotions jump from the page into your heart. 

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Prof. Kyler Campbell

What do you enjoy most about writing centers?

My favorite part of working in any writing center is helping students build new connections on their topics and creating ideas worth writing about. One of the big misconceptions about writing centers is that we only focus on grammar and parts of speech. But writing centers aren't just a place to learn the difference between demonstrative and personal pronouns (though we're really good at that too). We strive for collaboration and the sharing of ideas. We walk with students from brainstorming to proofreading, and through everything between.

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Kevin O’Rourke

What do you enjoy most about writing?

My favorite aspect of writing is the process of painting a picture for the reader. Whether writing an essay for class or a feature for a newspaper, it’s really important to engage the audience in such a way that they can have a picture in their mind’s eye. Transitioning from a loose idea of what you’re trying to say when beginning a piece, all the way to the finished product, is an exciting and sometimes arduous practice. Accepting that constructive criticism aids my empathy, and helps me become a better writer.

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Emily Marshall

What do you enjoy most about writing centers?

I love the informal atmosphere of writing centers. Where classrooms, and even professors' offices, are more structured and intimidating, writing centers are welcoming and comforting. I've found that atmosphere encourages students to come and ask questions anytime, which is exactly what we want!

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Sydney Walmsley

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Writing, to me, is a fundamental expression of self in an immutable medium.  I am better able to express the foundations of life and my perceptions with the written word than with any other art medium.  It offers the range of conceptual/abstract sculpture and the tangibility of portraiture.  To me, writing is the sole medium, when done well, that allows for complete honesty with artistic liberty.  The foundations of the human condition carry in literature, and our persistent contribution to the ever present search for ourselves lies within the word.

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Want to Become a Tutor?

The Writing Center employs both Student Tutors and Professional Tutors (tutors with undergraduate degrees or higher).

Any student interested in becoming a tutor should contact Dr. Britt Terry. To qualify, a student must provide a recommendation from an English professor; have an overall GPA of 3.0; have completed English 111 and 112; pass a grammar test; and attend a training seminar. 

To apply to be a Professional Tutor, please find the application and criteria here:

APPLICATION

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