The Writing Centers 

The Writing Centers (https://sharepoint.csbsju.edu/writingcenters/Pages/default.aspx) provide writing assistance to all members of our academic community. Well-qualified peer tutors offer free, individualized, intelligent response to writers and their writing questions.

The Writing Centers, one on each campus, welcome writers at all skill levels: honor students, faculty, students with learning disabilities, students for whom English is a second language, first-year writers, writers in every major, and graduate students. Writers are welcome to bring in any piece of writing, ranging from essays, lab reports, or letters of application to works of reflection, fact, or fiction. Some writers want a one-time-only appointment for work on a particular piece of writing; others want to establish a series of appointments to achieve personal or program goals.

During an appointment, the writer and the tutor work together to identify and meet the writer's needs. Usually writers who use Writing Center services seek help in one of three general areas: (1) initiating the writing process (talking through a topic, organizing ideas), (2) revising (refocusing the text to better support the thesis, polishing an introduction or conclusion, taking the text to the next level), (3) managing conventions of standard written English (correcting sentence structures or grammatical forms).

In addition to the one-to-one tutoring service, the Writing Centers also offer group instruction on particular writing topics, small group workshops for writers working on the same assignment, and a quick question-and-answer email hotline ([email protected]). Writers can make an appointment online (on the Writing Centers' homepage) or by telephone; walk-in appointments are welcome if a tutor is available.