Campus Writing Centers Offer Support

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 5:13 PM
Category: Students

Macon, GA

Writing papers is a fundamental part of the college experience, one that many students find challenging.

Middle Georgia State's English department is now providing additional support for those students through campus Writing Centers.

The centers opened this fall on the Macon, Cochran and Dublin campuses, and there are plans to expand to the Warner Robins Campus as soon as possible.

"Each center is faculty-run, with faculty volunteering hours to tutor students who need help with their writing," said Dr. Amy Berke, chair of the English department. "Students from all disciplines are welcome. They may walk in or set up an appointment with a tutor. We work with students who need assistance with papers in their classes or who want to work on a specific issue, such as learning more about punctuation or MLA citation methods."

Berke noted that faculty working with students who come to the Writing Centers will not proofread papers. "We are not meant to be an editing service," she said. Nor will faculty pick topics for students or guarantee grades. "What we can do is help students clarify thesis statements, suggest how to improve the organizational structure of a paper, diagnose writing issues and point out what they are doing well."

Specific workshops and other events will take place periodically in all Writing Centers.

Two upcoming events at the Macon Campus Writing Center are:

"Speed Grammar," a grammar workshop led by students and two English faculty members, Marina Spears and Kimberly Yetter, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Seats are limited. Email to reserve a spot.

"Writing Marathon," a fun event where students can write and share in small groups from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 25. The marathon is sponsored by the English Studies Association, a student organization. Providing faculty support will be Marina Spears and Dr. Shane Trayers. Open to all students, no reservations required.

Here are the locations for the campus Writing Centers and contact information. Days and times of
operation vary so students should contact the faculty listed to find out when to come:

The Writing Center – Cochran Campus
Room G19, Library
Contact: Dr. Chris Cairney, assistant chair, Department of English, or

The Writing Center – Macon Campus
Room 226, The Education Building
Contact: Dr. Amy Berke, chair, Department of English, or 478-471-5739.
The Macon Campus Writing Center's phone number is 478-471-3542.

The Writing Center – Dublin Campus
Dublin Building, Room 225
Contacts: Rhonda Crombie, or 478-274-7831, and Dr. Logan Burns, or 478-274-7754.