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Writing Center


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, DCP, 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 DCP Students?

Consultants provide the same personal services for distance students as traditional undergraduate students receive. DCP students can use Zoom audio and video features to chat with the writing center; off-campus students 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 Does a Consulting Session Last?

We make appointments by the hour. Depending on a student’s 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 327) 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 depending on staff specialties, 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.

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 Monday – Friday. Please check WebbConnect 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. In order to ensure efficient and productive consultation with students, Gardner-Webb has the following policy regarding usage of writing center services:

  • Students may have up to four appointments per week in the writing center.
  • Students may have up to two appointments per day.
  • Students may not meet for two consecutive hours/appointments with the same consultant. Second appointments can be consecutive only if the student changes to a different consultant to keep consultants effective.

Who are the Writing Center Consultants?

GWU’s Writing Center is staffed by consultants who are undergraduate and graduate students. They are referred by GWU faculty for their excellence in writing and working with others. In addition, Matthew Duffus, 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.

Can the Writing Center Help Me Avoid Plagiarism?

Yes, the staff are happy to help students learn documentation styles and correctly cite their research. We have training in MLA, APA, and Turabian documentation and have a variety of resources in other frequently assigned styles in the center. Please, keep in mind that students will be responsible for indicating which portions of their paper are not their own words/ideas. 

Gardner- Webb University Writing Center is not responsible for any accusations of plagiarism a student may receive on an assignment after visiting the Writing Center. Writing Center consultants do their best to point out any forms of plagiarism in writing assignments brought to them. However, they are not responsible for a student’s paper and any neglect of making suggested corrections. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility not the Writing Center consultants to make sure there is no plagiarism in an assignment.

Can the Writing Center Help with My Dissertation?

A dissertation is a complex, theory-dense monograph that is beyond GWU Writing Center’s resources in terms of discipline-specific training and time. When students reach that point as a scholar, they are composing texts that are advanced, targeted for specialized audiences of faculty and scholars. For this reason, writing center staff are not equipped to edit or help students’ revise dissertations.

Contact your program director for recommendations for dissertation editors who have discipline-specific (e.g. Education, Nursing, Business) knowledge of your topic, format, and documentation style.

For Faculty: 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. 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 WebbConnect. Please refer to their website for semester hours and resources. GWU’s Writing Center also offers video conference as well as telephone consultations for distance students. Email the writing center staff at [email protected]
  2. Provide a link to our website in your syllabus or Bb site:
  3. Invite the Writing Center to speak with your class. Email [email protected] 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 [email protected] with reference to a specific assignment or student’s needs.

Matt Duffus, Writing Center Director
[email protected]

Contact the Writing Center

Location: Tucker Student Center, Room 327
Phone: (704) 406-4393
Email: [email protected]
Mail: P.O. Box 7265
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, N.C. 28017