Writing Center

Find support for any writing task from trained peer tutors, including workshops, group sessions and electronic sessions (over email).

All Writing Center sessions will be online for Fall 2020. Students will have the option to choose between synchronous online tutoring (via video chat) or asynchronous eTutoring (via uploaded documents and email). For help making an appointment, please contact us at writingcenter@pnw.edu.

Writing Center

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Ready to meet with a Writing Center tutor to find support for your project? Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online!

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What We Offer

Writing Center tutoring is a free service offered to all PNW students and staff. Staffed by trained peer tutors, the PNW Writing Center is an excellent resource for those who seek assistance planning, writing and revising texts.

Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help with any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming, researching, organizing ideas, drafting, revising for overall content or identifying common errors. We can offer help with any assignment for any course or other writing, such as scholarship applications. You are allowed to make up to three appointments per week. For each appointment, 45 minutes are intended for tutoring while the last 15 minutes may be used for writing up session notes and planning work for future sessions. Writers will receive an email message afterward from the tutor summarizing their session.

Peer tutoring is based on respect for all members of the PNW Writing Center community (tutors, writers and faculty). Both writers and tutors must abide by PNW’s standards on academic integrity and civility code. Tutoring is a privilege maintained by both tutors and writers who uphold these standards.

Locations and Hours

The Hammond and Westville writing locations will be closed for in-person tutoring during the Fall 2020 semester. All appointments will be virtual this semester.

Tutors are available by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sign up for an account and make an appointment online. When making an appointment, select either live “online” tutoring or “eTutoring” via email (upload your assignment, your writing and what questions you have for the tutor and the tutor will get back to you within 48 hours, usually sooner). If you have any questions or problems, please contact writingcenter@pnw.edu.

Writing Center Staff

Professor Russell Mayo is pictured.

Russell Mayo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English and PNW Writing Center Director


mayo6@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2564

Hammond, CLO 270

Steffanie Triller Fry

Steffanie Triller Fry, M.F.A.

Continuing Lecturer and Hammond Writing Center Coordinator


striller@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2258

Classroom Office Building 284

Heather Augustyn

Heather Augustyn

Continuing Lecturer and Westville Writing Center Coordinator


haugusty@pnw.edu

(219) 785-5327

Westville, Tech 312

Writing Center FAQs

All Writing Center sessions will be online for Fall 2020. You have the option to choose between synchronous online tutoring (via video chat) or asynchronous eTutoring (via uploaded documents and email).

You can make an online appointment for both the Westville and the Hammond locations of the with the PNW Writing Center by creating an account and viewing the appointment schedule. A white space on our online scheduler means the tutor is available. If you are using the Writing Center for the first time, click on the blue “register for an account” in the left column.

Making an account is quick and easy! You will be able to view the available appointments, read tutor bios, make appointments, and if necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointments all from the convenience of a computer or mobile device.

Sorry, walk-in appointments are not available for Fall 2020. But we should have more availability than usual this semester virtually. Please visit www.mywco.com/pnw to reserve a spot (all open spots are shown in white)!

 

 

Anyone! Beginning as well as advanced writers can come for assistance at any level of the writing process. The Writing Center is available to the entire PNW community.

The Writing Center is the only location where students can receive one-on-one tutoring for generating, revising and editing papers, as well as one-on-one computer instruction for word processing and using the Internet. We also have informative handouts, exercise worksheets and reference materials to assist you. Writers can get help with a tutor at any step in the writing process. Students may also use the writing center to study, write their papers or do online research.

A tutor will: Help you brainstorm. Aid you with the global (organization and thesis) aspects of your paper. Help you find and evaluate sources & evidence. Discuss the logic of your argument. Suggest ways for you to revise your work. Help with formatting and grammatical questions.

When working with the Writing Center, always BE PREPARED! You should bring: assignment sheets (prompts), your papers (whether they are graded or not), your textbooks & resources, a flash drive or storage device or your laptop computer, your notes, or anything else that will help the tutor to understand the assignment and effectively help you with it.

Not necessarily! If you are at the beginning stages of your writing, you are welcome to come in and just have a conversation with a tutor about your ideas. Talking about your ideas can help you make decisions, focus on a topic and decide where to begin. Please note that tutors can help with a range of writing, not just for classes. We can also help with personal statements or scholarship applications.

No. Beginning in Fall 2020, tutors will send writers a “Session Report” summarizing the work that was done during their session as well as any suggestions we made for future writing within 24 hours of the session. If instructors request proof of a session (such as for extra credit for a class), students should forward the Session Report email to their instructor.

We have, aside from tutors who will guide you through the writing process, other great materials to aid students in writing: computers, various reference books (textbooks, MLA and APA manuals, dictionaries, and thesauruses) grammar and structure handouts, and more.

Yes! Beginning in Fall 2020, PNW Writing Center tutors will be available for asynchronous tutoring via email. Visit our online appointment system (www.mywco.com/pnw) and click on any open box (shown in white). When you sign up for an appointment, be sure to click the box that says “eTutoring” and attach your writing, along with the assignment sheet and any questions or items you’d like the tutor to address. The tutor cannot not “fix” the paper for you, but will instead make suggestions for ways you can revise the work yourself. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

Please note that the PNW Writing Centers in Hammond and Westville are closed for Fall 2020. Under normal circumstances, yes! Come on in. The Writing Center is a good place to study, work on the computer, read, or just relax.

More Info For Students

Work with us on any or all of the following:

  • Pre-writing: brainstorm ideas, choose/narrow topics, develop/focus a thesis, and organize your paper’s content.
  • Drafting: develop paragraphs, add specific and vivid details, and add in-depth critical analysis. Revising: add, cut, and rearrange according to comments made by your instructor.
  • Editing: overcome any problems with grammar, punctuation, and style. We can also help with formatting styles such as MLA and APA.

There are, however, limits to what we can do. We cannot proofread, rewrite a paper, or guarantee “A” papers. Please have reasonable expectations and be open minded when you visit us.

Students, whether experienced or inexperienced writers, can work with experienced tutors and gather ideas for creating and improving writing assignments.

Writing assignments need not be limited to just English classes! Tutors can aid students with any type of writing.

What happens in a tutorial?

  • We ask questions! What is your assignment? What have you written and how do you feel about your writing? What is your main argument? What are your concerns with your writing?
  • We read out loud! Reading a paper out loud tells us what to listen for in your paper. It also helps you catch mistakes that you may have made in your draft.
  • We look at the global issues in your paper. By global, we mean, does your paper express its main idea clearly? Is your paper organized and do your arguments have enough support?
  • We look at the late concerns in your paper. These concerns are sentence level issues such as comma splices, grammar, and coherence. Are you using punctuation in the proper place and do your arguments make sense grammatically?
  • We discuss your plans for revision. While this may signal a stopping point as far as the tutorial is concerned, it is not where revision and work on the assignment ends. This is the point where we talk about how you plan to revise your paper and discuss what needs to be done after you leave the tutoring session. We may suggest, at this point, that you return to the writing center with your revised draft for further work.

In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the Writing Center offers many other forms of writing assistance:

  • Gathering sources for research papers
  • Analyzing and evaluating the content of source materials as well as incorporating quotes from sources into papers.
  • Helping with in-text citations and Works Cited/Reference pages in both MLA and APA (and other) format styles.
  • Working on a group project? We can help with that, too. Feel free to come to the Writing Center with your group members for a group tutoring session.
  • Appointments are 45 minutes in length. The last 15 minutes of each session are for the tutor to write up session notes, send a session report to the instructor if requested to by the student, and prepare for upcoming appointments.
  • Students may schedule one appointment per day and up to two appointments per week.
  • The Writing Center requests that students who need to cancel their appointments do so as soon as possible so that other students can use that time.
  • Students who have 3 missed (no-show) appointments will have their appointment schedule account deactivated and will only be allowed to utilize walk-in appointments.
  • Students are expected to make appropriate progress, as determined by the tutors, staff, and/or faculty, on the work they bring to the Writing Center. Tutoring sessions are intended to help students grow and develop their individual skills as writers and members of the academic community.

Are you interested in becoming a tutor in the Writing Center? Writing Tutors put their existing writing skills to good use and learn to develop new skills on the job. The Writing Center hires new tutors from all academic majors during the Fall and Spring semesters. Applications are due by the 2nd week of the semester in order to go through training and begin tutoring that semester. New tutors go through six weeks of training before they begin tutoring. Successful tutor applicants will:

  • Enjoy working in a supportive and fun work environment
  • Be able to demonstrate strong writing skills
  • Be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills (tutors must be friendly and encouraging!)
  • Have already completed ENGL 104 and ENGL 105 (or comparable transfer courses accepted by PNW) with a grade of a B or higher
  • Be able to complete the two hour per week, paid six week training period before beginning work
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Please contact the Writing Center Coordinator from your home campus to begin the application and interview process or if you have questions about job requirements.

Info For Faculty

Are you a faculty member looking to reach the Writing Center? Please contact the PNW Writing Center Director, Russell Mayo (mayo6@pnw.edu), and CC the Coordinator for your campus: Heather Augustyn (haugusty@pnw.edu) for Westville; Steffanie Triller Fry (striller@pnw.edu) for Hammond. 

The Writing Center offers workshops, group tutoring sessions, class presentations and much more. Faculty are welcome to contact the Writing Center Coordinator for their campus to arrange to bring their classes to the Writing Center or can request that the tutors come to meet the class at their regular classroom. Here are just a few topics we can cover with your students:

  • MLA & APA Formatting
  • Finding a paper topic
  • Essay organization/outlining
  • Introducing a class to the Writing Center
  • Abstract writing
  • Finding academic sources

Please contact the Writing Center Coordinator on your home campus us for further details and scheduling. We’re looking forward to working with your students!