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WRITING CENTER

The Writing Center at Elmira College, located in the Gannett-Tripp Library, aims to support student work in all forms of writing across the academic disciplines. Through one-on-one consultations and workshops, we are committed to offering effective feedback and strategies to help students improve each stage of their writing, from brainstorming to the final draft, all free of charge.

Our goal is to make the Writing Center a warm, friendly environment that encourages students from all majors and disciplines, both full-time and part-time students, to become more effective, more confident writers.

MISSION

We aim to support student work in all forms of writing across the academic disciplines. Through one-on-one consultations and workshops, we are committed to offering effective feedback and strategies to help students improve each stage of their writing, from brainstorming to the final draft, all free of charge.

Our goal is to make the Writing Center a warm, friendly environment that encourages students from all majors and disciplines to become more effective, more confident writers. Please let us know how we're doing so far.

OUR POLICIES

  1. We do not discuss grades.
  2. The papers that you bring to us must be your own original work. We’re more than happy to help you learn to document sources correctly.
  3. Individual tutorials last approximately 20 minutes. If you are more than five minutes late, we may give your time slot to another student.
  4. Tutors can work with only one full-length paper per individual tutorial session. If you would like help with more than one paper, please schedule additional sessions.
  5. Please bring a hard copy of the writing you want to work on and any prompts or other information regarding the assignment.
  6. The Writing Center is not an editing and/or proofreading service. Rather than line-edit your work, we will guide you in your own revision.
  7. We can get to the heart of helpful revision if you have already proofread your work, so make sure you have carefully read your draft out loud before bringing it to us.
  8. Be ready with questions about your work. You will get the most from your session if you are an active, motivated participant!

Services offered or coordinated through the Writing Center include:

  • One-on-one consultations concerning all writing assignments for all majors and disciplines.
  • Workshops aimed at improving the writing skills of the entire EC community. Some examples of workshops are "Writing in the Sciences," "Editing/Revising Strategies," "How Do I Start My Writing Assignment?," and "MLA and APA for Beginners."
  • A website dedicated to creating, collecting, and organizing writing resources for students and faculty. In addition, all EC students can schedule a personal one-on-one writing consultation through the website.
  • Personal appointments for all faculty members who want suggestions to increase the effectiveness of writing instruction in their classrooms.
  • An opportunity for students to work with their peers as paid student-tutors.