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.
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.
- 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
The Writing Center Hours of Operation (January 12 through April 30, 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, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 an appointment: WC Online: Scheduling a Writing Center Appointment.
Other Events and Activities (January 12 through April 30, 2015):
WHERE: Wallace Campus: CAS 132 or Sparks Campus: Building C or DG3
Sparks' Dates: Second Wednesday of each month during the activity period in Building C or
Third Monday of each month from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. in DG3
WHEN: Second Wednesday and third Monday of each month during the activity period (10:50 –11:20 a.m.).
WHAT: The schedule and topics for these workshops are:
January (Monday the 26th): Getting Started: Basic Grammar *Session is scheduled for the 4th Monday due to MLK Day.
February (Weds. the 11th and Mon. the 16th): Theses, Introductions, and Conclusions: How to Make Them Strong
March (Weds. the 11th and Mon. the 16th): MLA: Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism Issues
April (Weds. the 8th and Mon. the 13th): Revision and Editing: Preparing for Essay Submission
Creative Writing Group
WHERE: Attend a bi-weekly writing group session on Mondays during the activity period (10:50 – 11:20 a.m.) starting January 26
Wallace Campus: CAS 133 or
Sparks Campus: Building C
WHAT: Participate in Game Days in The Writing Center to stretch your critical thinking skills, vocabulary, and creativity (Bananagrams, Scrabble, Madgab, Catch Phrase, Chess, etc.).
WHEN and WHERE: Wallace Campus: Mondays: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. (CAS 133) or Sparks Campus: Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Building C)
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, January 28.
Dr. Emily Cosgrove
(334) 556- 2226
Ms. Liz Oates (Wallace Campus)
Ms. Sarah Newman (Sparks Campus)
(334) 983-3251, ext. 4251
Helpful Links and Videos:
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
Tips for Starting the Writing Process
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
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?
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org