Writing

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Writing is a vital part of a Central College education. One of the earliest writing across the curriculum programs was developed and implemented at Central, and we proudly continue that commitment today. Writing at Central goes beyond the traditional format of composition and English courses to help structure a liberal arts education. From writing-intensive courses to writing in the disciplines and writing for the job market, you will be well versed in communicating for different audiences.

A wide variety of writing support is available to you. Support can be found in Geisler Library room 202 where we offer individual sessions on any aspect of any writing assignment. Each section of Intersections, our first year seminar, and many other writing-intensive courses have a writing tutor paired with the course to support student learning.

21 writing tutors embedded in courses in Fall 2015
  • Students visited the Writing Center 1103 times last year
  • Dozens of workshops in classes each year

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Student Leadership Opportunities

Our writing tutors do more than just go to classes and tutor writing; they are also involved in a wide variety of events and organizations. Consulting with their classmates and fellow student writers helps develop their leadership skills. Our students use these skills in a variety of settings:

  • Teaching: many students go on to successful careers as teachers, including one recent grad who is currently completing a Fulbright in Malaysia
  • Editing and Publishing: several writing tutors are editors for and published in the Writing Anthology
  • Winning Awards: recent graduates have won local and regional awards in journalism, psychology, political science and leadership
  • Internships: students use their leadership skills in a diverse range of internships including the National History Day competition

Hours

  • Sunday: 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 2-4 p.m., 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9-11 a.m.

Appointments with a writing tutor can be set up individually at your convenience.

Students working with Central College tutors in the Tutoring and Writing Center.

 

The Central Difference

Writing Across the Curriculum

Implemented nearly 50 years ago, Central boasts one of the most successful writing-across-the-curriculum programs in the country. You are offered opportunities to write to learn inside the classroom, but also write outside the classroom for various professional development and service-learning opportunities and contexts.


Faculty Development

Through ongoing workshops and seminars, our faculty members are continually learning new and different ways to teach writing. Faculty workshops occur several times throughout the semester and into the summer months. 

Writing Tutors

Writing tutors are recommended by professors and receive special training in writing instruction. Particular focus is on Intersections as the entry point of the Writing Intensive requirement at Central College. In this class and others, writing tutors are trained for and paired with classes and work collaboratively with faculty members and librarians. In addition to these targeted courses, students from across campus can work on any part of the writing process in a one-on-one session.  

 


The Tutoring and Writing Center.