Gardner-Webb University Writing Center


Now located in “the center of the Center

Tucker Student Center Rm 237


FAQ’s for Faculty

 

What services does the Writing Center provide?

The Writing Center is a place for helping students to improve their writing. Some students think we are just a proof-reading service, however, we don’t correct papers and give them back. Instead, consultants and students talk together to identify areas of concern. Consultants can share a variety of strategies and sage advice about writing situations and challenges. The Writing Center helps with any stage of the writing process: getting started with a prompt, organizing a draft, documenting sources research, formatting according to a style guide, proofreading for a polished draft, and style.

 

Who can visit the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is open to all students: undergraduate, GOAL, and graduate; on- and off-campus students; native English speakers and those for whom English is a second language.

 

How does the Writing Center help GOAL students?

Consultants provide the same personal services for distance students as traditional undergraduate students receive. GOAL students can use Skype using audio and video features to chat with the writing center (Skype ID: gwu.writing.center); they can also telephone (704) 406-4393 prior to an appointment.

 

What can students expect?

Students can expect an informal session with a consultant. They’ll be asked to share their writing (or ideas) as they talk through what’s working and what’s not working. Consultants will do more than correct a paper; they will teach the student techniques for working through the problem while giving specific guidelines to improve a working text.

 

How long does a consulting session last?

We make appointments by the hour. Depending on students’ particular needs, a session may not last the full hour. If they need more help, we may encourage a follow-up appointment.

 

How do students make an appointment to visit the Writing Center?

An appointment is not necessary, but is the only way to guarantee help from a consultant. If there are more students requesting help than there are consultants available, appointments will be honored before walk-in requests.There are a couple of ways in which students can make an appointment. They can come to the Writing Center (Tucker Student Center Rm 237) to make an appointment, make an appointment in Webb Connect using the “Writing Center Appointment Scheduler,” or call us at (704) 406-4393.

 

With what kind of assignments can the Writing Center help?

We can help with a variety of writing assignments. We are fortunate to have interdisciplinary representation among our staff, featuring a variety of majors, recently including Nursing, Psychology, Journalism, English, Physical Education, Religion, and Business. Our consultants have experience writing and reading papers from a variety of disciplines and have resources available on the various styles of documentation (MLA, APA, Turabian, AMA) required by the different departments on campus.

 

Jennifer Buckner, Writing Center Director

jbuckner@gardner-webb.edu, ext 4394

 

What should students bring with them when visiting the Writing Center?

When students visit the Writing Center, they should bring a copy of the assignment to give consultants an idea of guidelines. In addition, they should bring any writing or research started either in print or electronic format. They are free to bring a laptop, thumb drive, or attach a file in an email. If revising an assignment, students should bring anys feedback they’ve received.

 

When is the Writing Center open?

The Writing Center is open Sunday afternoons, Monday- Thursday mid-morning through early evening, and Friday lunch through early afternoon. Please, check our website for specific hours Our schedule changes a bit each semester depending on staff schedules.

 

What is the charge for Writing Center services?

The Writing Center is a free service of Gardner-Webb University for all students.

 

Can students come more than once?

Yes, most of our students come multiple times. Many students make regular appointments and establish strong working relationships with certain consultants.

 

Who are the Writing Center consultants?

GWU’s Writing Center is staffed by 5-6 consultants, undergraduate and graduate students. They are referred by GWU faculty for their excellence in writing and working with others. In addition, Jennifer Buckner, Writing Center Director, provides approximately thirty hours of training each year in writing center skills, and faculty from different departments on campus participate in this training.

 

How can I encourage my students to visit GWU’s Writing Center?

1. Tell your students about the Writing Center by including the following statement in your syllabus. (Copy the statement from our website and paste into your syllabus.)

Help with writing is available through the GWU Writing Center. The Writing Center staff is dedicated to helping students. Students can get help beginning, revising, or editing a draft of any writing (research paper, resume, application, project, or response to a prompt). In addition, consultants have resources to help students with research and documentation styles (MLA, APA, and Turabian). Walk-ins are welcome, however, students should make an appointment ahead of time to ensure a spot. Students can customize their appointment by choosing a date, time, and consultant while logged into Webb Connect. Please refer to their website http://gardner-webb.edu/writingcenter for semester hours and resources. GWU’s Writing Center also offers Skype consultations as well as telephone consultations for distance students. Email the writing center staff at writingcenter@gardner-webb.edu

2. Provide a link to our website in your syllabus or Bb site: gardner-webb.edu/writingcenter

3. Invite the Writing Center to speak with your class. Email writingcenter@gardner-webb.edu to request an introductory presentation. We have a busy schedule serving students but do our best to accommodate requests. We recommend inviting us around the time you give students a writing assignment; students attend more in times of need.

4. Encourage struggling writers to bring their drafts for an appointment prior to the due date. Prior to sending students, provide some concrete feedback about areas of concern that the writing center can help address.

5. Allow students whose writing is poor to bring their draft to the writing center for help revising their work for resubmission. Prior to sending a student, provide some concrete feedback to the student about areas of concern that the writing center can help address. You are also welcome to email any advice directly to writingcenter@gardner-webb.edu with reference to a specific assignment or student’s needs.

Jennifer Buckner, Writing Center Director

jbuckner@gardner-webb.edu, ext 4394