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The Writing Center

Writing Center - Spring 2015

The Writing Center

Write here. Write now. Write with confidence.

WELCOME TO THE CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER! Housed in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, the Writing Center functions as a consulting service for the entire University. Our objective is to serve as a forum for the literacy concerns of students, faculty, staff and writing professionals from both academic and nonacademic communities; to advance literacy; and to further the theoretical and practical applications of writing research and instruction. Our mission further supports the University’s mission in providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs.

Making an Appointment

We accept walk-ins, but prefer to serve clients on an appointment basis. It is very important to plan ahead. To make an appointment, visit!

All Writing Center sessions are up to 30 minutes long, depending on a client’s needs. Try to schedule your appointment in advance of the due date for your assignment so that you will have ample time to revise after the session.

After your session, you will be asked to complete a progress report. Please take a moment to fill out the report, reflect on what you covered in your session, and tell us how we might serve you better on your next visit.

Getting the Most Out of the Writing Center

Prepare for your session by doing the following:

  • If you are working on a draft, bring two copies of it -- one for you and one for the consultant.
  • If your writing concern is related to a particular assignment, bring the assignment.
  • If you want to discuss feedback you have received from a teacher, bring a copy of the comments.
  • If you have notes, previous writing, a particular text and/or research materials related to your draft, bring those items to the session.

Prior to the session, reread your draft and your assignment to determine what particular question, concern, or issue you would like to take up during the session.

What You Can Expect

We’ll ask for your input at the start of every session. This gives you a chance to help set the agenda for the session.

During your session, you will be asked to talk about your writing and your goals for the assignment or project. We will prompt you to think actively, to compose new writing, and to discuss your thoughts about your paper and your writing process.

We will treat you with respect and respond fully to your concerns. At the same time, because we are just as interested in your long-term development as we are in your paper, we may ask you to try out a new strategy. Our aim is two-fold: to help you with your concerns about the paper at hand and to suggest to you something new about the craft of writing, both of which you can take with you.

What You Cannot Expect

  • Writing consultants will not “look over” or proofread your paper.
  • Writing consultants will not comment on a teacher’s grade or grading procedure.
  • Writing consultants will not overwrite or change your words.
  • Writing consultants will not guarantee a particular grade on an assignment.
  • Writing consultants will not judge the validity of a writing assignment.

About Ms. Candace Kelly,
Coordinator of
the Writing Center

Ms. Candace Kelly

Ms. Candace C. Kelly earned 
her Master of Arts in Writing 
at Coastal Carolina University 
and has taught Freshman 
Composition I & II at 
Coastal Carolina University 
and Horry-Georgetown 
Technical College.
Her writing center experience, 
however, began as a freshman 
at Winston-Salem State University.
She has a passion for writing 
and learning she hopes 
is infectious as she strives
 to help students catch up, 
keep up, and excel no matter 
their comfort level
with composition.

Become a Peer Consultant!

The University Writing Center
is seeking peer writing consultants
for the Fall 2015 semester. 
Student writers from all disciplines
with a 3.0 GPA or higher
are encouraged to apply. 
Please see the below application
process and form, and contact
Ms. Candace Kelly,
Writing Center coordinator,
with any questions.