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The Writing Center 

The Writing Center at Wallace Community College provides superior tutoring services for all students on both the Wallace and Sparks Campuses. The Center is neither a proofreading nor editing service, but rather a space in which writers are welcomed to receive feedback on their work.

Our Mission:

The Writing Center at Wallace Community College exists to enhance student success and engagement through the creation of an inclusive “all students, all writing” community of writers. These aims will be accomplished through providing a stable space for students to collaborate with trained peer and professional tutors to learn effective writing skills for class and lifetime use.

We Provide:

  • Quality tutoring in a one-on-one setting
  • A safe environment for students to collaborate with trained peer and professional tutors
  • Encouragement for students

      We Don't Provide:

      • A guarantee of "A" papers
      • Editing services
      • A negative atmosphere


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        The Writing Center Hours of Operation (June 1 through July 28, 2015):

        Wallace Campus (CAS 133)
        Monday and Tuesday,  9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
        Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

        Sparks Campus (Building C):
        Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

        Walk-ins are welcome at both campuses, but we will meet with students who previously scheduled appointments first. Click on the following link to schedule either an in-person or online appointment:  WC Online: Scheduling a Writing Center Appointment.  

        Other Events and Activities (June 1 through July 28, 2015):

        Wallace Workshops


        WHERE:     Wallace Campus: CAS 132

        WHEN:  Second Wednesday and third Monday of each month during the activity period (10:50 –11:20 a.m.)

        Sparks Campus: Building C

        Second Wednesday and third Monday of each month during the activity period (10:50 – 11:20 a.m.)

        The schedule and topics for these workshops are:

        ·         June 10th and 15th: Theses, Introductions, and Conclusions: How to Make Them Strong

        ·         July 8th and 13th: Revision and Editing: Preparing for Essay Submission

        Game Days

        Participate in Game Days in The Writing Center to stretch your critical thinking skills, vocabulary, and creativity (Bananagrams, Scrabble, Madgab, Catch Phrase, Chess, etc.) starting either June 1 or 3, depending on your campus.

        Wallace Campus: Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CAS 133)

        Sparks Campus: Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Building C)

        Comic Book Club *Wallace Campus Only”

        Attend a bi-weekly writing group session on Mondays in Cunningham Hall during the activity period (10:50 – 11:20 a.m.) starting Monday, June 1.

        Book Club *Wallace Campus Only*

        Attend a weekly book club meeting on Wednesdays in CAS 133 during the activity period (10:50-11:20 a.m.) beginning on Wednesday, June 3.

        Director:

        Dr. Emily Cosgrove
        ecosgrove@wallace.edu
        (334) 556- 2226

        Coordinators:

        Ms. Liz Oates (Wallace Campus)
        writingcenterwallace@wallace.edu
        (334) 556-2237

        Ms. Sarah Newman (Sparks Campus)
        writingcentersparks@wallace.edu
        (334) 983-3251, ext. 4251

        Helpful Links, Videos, and Reflection Submission Instructions for ENG 101 Portfolio Option:

        Links:

        The Purdue Owl: Citation and Writing Guide

        Grammar Girl: Grammar Girl: "Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English

        Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude: Grammar Bytes

        The Writer's Workshop (Ted Ed Videos): Free Online Grammar Usage Rules

        Videos:


        Tips for Starting the Writing Process

        Pre-writing Strategies

        Identifying and Correcting Comma Splices

        Creating an Outline

        Writing Paragraph Transitions

        Revising a Writing Assignment

        Identifying Independent & Dependent Clauses and Correcting Sentence Fragments

        Identifying and Correcting Run-on Sentences and Comma Splices

        ENG 101 Submission Instructions:

        Students can opt to watch and respond to no more than three of the 8 posted videos for this option. Watch a Writing Center posted video, and then write a 100-250 word reflection in MLA format related to the video and submit it through the WC Online appointment system. Instructors will post links to these 8 videos to Blackboard; these same videos are also posted on The Writing Center website.

        To submit your video response within the WC Online system, log in and create an appointment with the resource entitled “ENG101 Portfolio Reflections Wallace” or “ENG101 Portfolio Reflections Sparks” depending on your campus. Upload your saved reflection at the bottom of the scheduling screen and save the appointment. If your assignment follows the directions of the assignment (MLA formatting, 100-250 words related to an approved video), then a Client Report Form that includes your reflection paper will be sent to both you and your instructor to confirm this submission.

        *NOTE: You will NOT receive credit for this portfolio option if it is not completed or submitted properly. *

        *To receive credit for options 5-8, you must attend the activity and sign-in while there. A Client Report Form confirming your attendance and participation will be sent to both you and your instructor.*


        Frequently Asked Questions:

        Who can use the services of The Writing Center?
        Any student enrolled at Wallace Community College can use The Writing Center at no cost. Walk-ins are welcome at both campuses, but we will meet with students who previously scheduled appointments first.  Click on the following link to schedule an appointment: WC Online: Scheduling a Writing Center Appointment.

        Can I drop off my paper and let you correct it?
        If you let us correct your paper, you won’t learn anything!  However, we would love to work with you in person about any writing of your choosing.

        Do I have to make an appointment?
        Scheduled appointments are honored first; walk-ins will be accepted if we have an opening. Click on the following link to schedule an appointment:  WC Online: Scheduling a Writing Center Appointment.

        What should I bring when I come for help in The Writing Center?
        We can more fully help you with a particular writing assignment if you  bring a copy of your assignment's instructions to your appointment. If you've started writing, please also bring any pre-writing materials or draft copies with you. 

        Will my instructor know that I came to The Writing Center?
        That’s completely up to you. At the end of every appointment you will complete a Client Report Form with your tutor, who will ask if you would like a copy of that form sent to your instructor. The form can serve as verification of your visit if your instructor is providing extra credit points. 

        Can you guarantee that I will get a good grade on my assignment?
        No, we cannot guarantee grades. However, most students recognize that their grades eventually improve as they spend time working with a writing tutor.

        How can I become a tutor in The Writing Center?
        The Writing Center hires both part-time peer (current undergraduate student) and professional (bachelor's degree or higher education level) tutors. Please click on the following links to learn about peer tutor positions and professional tutor positions.

        How do I contact The Writing Center?

        Wallace Campus:
        You can visit us in the Center for Academic Success (CAS), Room 133, and you can email any questions that you might have to us at writingcenterwallace@wallace.edu.

        Sparks Campus:
        You can visit us in Building C (next to the Math Lab), and you can email any questions that you might have to us at writingcentersparks@wallace.edu.