Lab helps start conversation
By Christie Tavera
The writing center is a full-purpose lab that helps students and the community to improve their writing from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday in Room 203 of Gonzales Hall.
Because there are different styles of writing, the center offers various ways to help the writer in everyone.
Unlimited tutoring, collections of resources and scheduled workshops are accessible throughout the semester.
Most important, the center helps students begin a conversation about their writing.
English Professor Jane Focht-Hansen said “a common misnomer” for the writing center is “fix-it shop.”
“Writing is something you have to talk about,” she said.
The center also provides writing help to the community.
“We’ve worked with a variety of people — from court papers to restaurant menus,” Focht-Hansen said. “It says something about what we do.”
Not to be confused with its sister lab, Word Play, downstairs in Gonzales Hall, the writing center takes the writer to the next level.
Students who use the lab’s services can participate in the frequent writer program.
After three writing sessions, students receive a free dictionary or thesaurus. Other freebies are up for grabs based on the amount of sessions completed.
Visitors who rack up nine sessions can be included in a grand prize drawing at the end of the semester.
Tutoring sessions are up to 45 minutes and the lab has computers and tables for students to work.
For more information or to set up an appointment, call 210-486-1433.