The Writing Center

Located inside the Student Success Center.

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The mission of the Writing Center is to educate and empower students to hone their writing skills and grow as writers. We are here to assist students of any major, with any writing, at any stage of the writing process. At the Writing Center, while we will not edit assignments, we will help you develop strategies for your writing process, offer specialized workshops, and provide helpful resources so that students can best showcase their knowledge and talents.

What do we offer?

  • Consultations: Work one-on-one with a writing consultant on any project by dropping-in during our business hours or scheduling an appointment in advance on Navigate. We offer both 30-minute and 60-minute appointments.
  • Workshops: We work with departments and specific classes to offer workshops after hours. Typically workshops start with guidance from consultants, a peer review with your classmates that is tailored to your class rubric, and then one-on-one assistance with the consultants. 
  • Partnerships with Organizations and Community Partners: Throughout the year we partner with various organizations on and off campus to assist with writing needs.

See more Information for Instructors.

Writing Center Hours

For Fall 2022 (September 5-December 12) 

Sunday

2:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday

2:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday

2:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday

2:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday

2:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday

CLOSED

Saturday

CLOSED

Schedule an Appointment

  1. Go to benedictine.campus.eab.com
  2. Log in using your Benedictine College email account.
  3. Click “Schedule an Appointment” in the top right corner.
  4. Select “Tutoring/Writing Center,” pick your date, and find your time.
  5. Review and schedule the appointment. You can even set a text reminder. You're all set!

What should I expect during a consultation?

The Writing Center is here to offer suggestions on how to revise your work and help you learn new skills to apply to future papers. We strive to match each session to your individual needs. Your consultation will start with getting to know you, your goals, and the assignment. Then, we will go through the following:

  • Check to see if it appears your essay fits the assignment; 
  • Measure the scope of your topic and whether it is too broad or narrow;
  • Assist you in finding evidence and developing your ideas;
  • Improve transitions and the flow of your paper by offering structural suggestions;
  • Match the clarity and tone of your work to your audience and purpose; and finally,
  • Review grammar, punctuation, formatting, and citations.

It is important to stress that we are educators, not editors. We do not proofread assignments, but we will help you develop an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your writing style while working towards your assignment objectives. Let us know how we did at the end of a consultation by filling out an evaluation! 

What should I bring?

  • Your most up-to-date draft (notes or an outline are perfectly okay!)
  • The assignment description
  • Instructor's grading rubric 
  • Something to take notes

Resources for Writers

Here are some resources to assist you with your writing needs. 

Not sure where to start?

Sometimes the most difficult part about writing is getting started. Here are some strategies to help brainstorm and find direction.

Brainstorm

Explore your thoughts about the topic. 

  • What problem does your topic prompt you to investigate? Don’t be afraid to go on tangents. Brainstorming should yield more ideas than you can use in one assignment. 
  • Think about what interests you most about the topic or the question. 
  • Try drawing comparisons (maybe even to concepts from other classes or subjects). 
  • Consider possible arguments that relate to your topic. 

Ask Yourself Questions

When you are not sure how to start writing, ask yourself questions to start thinking about your topic question from different angles. 

  • Try the investigative questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how. 
  • Also consider classical patterns of argument.
    • What is the definition?
    • What relationships are present?
    • What testimonies relate to your topic?
    • How is your topic changing or showing variation?

Need help with research, grammar, citation-specific questions? 

Schedule an appointment with us, or check out these helpful resources:

Contact the Writing Center

Please contact us directly at WritingCenter@Benedictine.edu. We will try to get back to you within 48 business hours.

Want to join our team? 

We are searching for undergraduates who have a niche for writing and aiding others in their academic and personal writing endeavors work. We are looking for people who have good communication skills, practice patience, are empathetic, and are active listeners. This position is open to undergraduates, in any major, who are currently attending Benedictine College. 

Our team is filled with a diverse spectrum of specialties and majors alike. We hope to hear from you soon! 

For more information and an application, please email WritingCenter@Benedictine.edu.

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