Writing Center

Welcome to Regent's University Writing Center. Located in the Library Suite 102, the Writing Center provides coaches who are familiar with the challenges of academic writing. Our writing coaches offer guidance for each stage of the writing process for all of your writing assignments, including research papers, book reports, case studies, article reviews, discussion board postings and reflective journals. Coaching is available in-person, over the phone, and via Blackboard Collaborate.

Services

We can help you conceptualize, draft, organize and fine tune your writing assignments, and we are available to help you from beginning to end with the following needs.

Macro-Level Concerns: Macro-level concerns are what faculty deem the essential components of any academic essay, which include the following:

  • Establishing a clear and concise thesis sentence (or central guiding principle for non-research essays)
  • Providing effective supporting paragraphs for the thesis
  • Ensuring argumentative support is derived from research conclusions
  • Organizing and structuring the essay
  • Identifying and avoiding plagiarism

Micro-Level Concerns: Micro-level concerns, while important, are deemed secondary in the hierarchy of critical needs and assess the details of writing. They include the following:

  • Appropriate academic voice and style
  • Proper grammar (i.e. subject-verb agreement, incorrect word usage)
  • Correct and consistent punctuation (i.e. comma splices, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, semi-colon usage)
  • Formatting needs (i.e. APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago-style, APSA)
  • Citation practices (parenthetical v. footnoting)
  • General proofreading needs and strategies

Presently, we only help with with the clarity and grammar of resumés/cover letters. For more complete assistance, please contact Career Services, and consult their online resources.

Doctoral Services

We understand that your papers are longer and more involved than papers for an undergraduate or graduate-level class. Our coaches are equipped to help doctoral students revise their writing so that it is clear yet elegant. However, you may need more than one appointment to go over a paper. We allow three appointments in a week, depending upon availability. Please schedule your appointments in advance to ensure a slot.

Appointments

The Writing Center offers one-on-one assistance to any Regent University student, faculty or staff member working on a Regent-related writing task. Our coaches follow a tutoring model that offers individualized guidance by applying principles of effective writing rather than focusing purely on "fixing" a paper. In addition, coaches help writers evaluate the sources of problems they encounter by reading segments of the work together, thus eliciting the writer's ideas and suggesting solutions accordingly. Coaching is available in-person, over the phone, and via Blackboard Collaborate.

  • Coaching is available in 45-minute sessions for scheduled appointments.
  • “Walk-In” or “Call-In” sessions (10-15 min) are also welcome but are contingent upon coach availability; to ensure accessibility, scheduled appointments are recommended, particularly during peak seasons. Online students may call the Writing Center and ask for “Call-In” sessions.
  • Students are allowed one appointment per day and up to three appointments a week. This limit includes both scheduled appointments and walk-in sessions. Students can also schedule appointments up to two months in advance.

Writing Center Hours:

Monday: 9 am – 11 pm (EST)
Tuesday: 9 am – 11 pm (EST)
Wednesday: 9 am – 11 pm (EST)
Thursday: 9 am – 11 pm (EST)
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm (EST)
Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm (EST)
Sunday: CLOSED

To schedule an appointment, you must access the Writing Center’s online appointment scheduler and follow these steps:

  1. Enter your Regent username and password.
  2. You will see a calendar labeled “Central Scheduling.”
  3. Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the calendar. Choose “New Appointments.”
  4. Choose “University Writing Center” in the “Work Group” option above “Available Time Slots” calendar.
  5. Click “Previous” or “Next on the right side of the screen to change available weeks.
  6. The times and names not labeled “Booked” are available coaching slots. Click one to schedule it.  
    Note: If all the times slots are booked, you may place yourself on the waiting list.
  7. Please read the “Additional Information” section in order to know how to prepare for you appointment.
  8. At least 30 minutes prior to your appointment, you must send a copy of your writing assignment to writing@regent.edu.

Questions? Please contact the Writing Center at 757.352.4925 or by emailing writing@regent.edu.

Resources

Disclaimer: If you are experiencing difficulty when viewing PDF resources, try opening them through Google Chrome. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We really appreciate your assistance!

Workshops

Clicking on any workshop title below will redirect you to our registration page, where you can learn more about the workshop and register. Please note that all workshops are held live on-campus at the following dates and times. Distance students may view recordings of each workshop on the Resources page.

October 2017

10/23  20 Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

10/26  Turabian Formatting   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

10/30  Writing Clearly   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


November 2017

11/02  APA Formatting   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

11/07  Avoiding Plagiarism   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

11/09  *NEW* MLA 8th Edition Formatting   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

11/13  Writing Quality Research Papers   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

FAQs

The Writing Center receives numerous questions each year. Below are some of our most common.

Actually, no. The Writing Center is not an editing service. Our mission is to assist you in learning to become your own editor. Instead of simply reading over your papers for you, our coaches read through your papers with you, thus helping you to spot your own errors and style inconsistencies. Writing Centers everywhere find this philosophy of teaching creates stronger, more flexible writers than simply providing editorial services.

Since we serve the entire Regent community, our coaching appointments are limited in availability. Throughout the term, students are usually limited to one appointment per day, though they can have up to three appointments in the same week. Another reason for limiting daily appointments pertains to the revision process itself. After meeting with a coach, students typically have much work to do, and revision takes time to do right. In order to facilitate this process effectively, students are therefore limited to one appointment per day unless approved by our staff. Extenuating circumstances do occur, after all.

Our staff and coaches strive to provide as much consistency of experience as possible for students using Writing Center services. However, due to the nature of writing and reader experience, perspectives will differ, though not markedly. For instance, some of our coaches are trained in specific disciplines and will naturally notice areas of your writing that some other coaches trained in other disciplines will not, or at least not as quickly. Coaches are encouraged to be honest and fair regarding the manner in which they relate to your writings, and not all experiences will be the same. Variations in feedback can, in fact, be quite beneficial to the student since no single coach can spot everything in one session. That said, our coaches are trained according to the same basic standards of grammar and punctuation, style, formatting, and composition pedagogy. Thus, while not every coach will interpret your work the same, the variations in the kinds of advice coaches can offer are actually somewhat limited. The job of the student at this point is to assess what the coaches experienced as readers and decide if their concerns are warranted. Remember, you are the expert in your topic as the primary researcher or creative author.

In order to assist the needs of successive students, coaches are required to limit appointments to 45-minutes. This allows them to prepare for the next appointment by taking a quick breather and having time to review the materials submitted by the next student. Coaches glean over these materials for potential areas of revision, make notes, and then meet with the student prepared to work. Back-to-back appointments without interruption wear down coaches' mental acuity, and sessions with students are much more effective when coaches are mentally prepared before each appointment.

Yes and no. When you schedule your appointment through the online scheduler, you can select which coach you would like to make the appointment with. However, we cannot guarantee you will have the appointment with the coach you select. Sometimes, coaches need off for various reasons, and we have to switch the appointment to another coach. In addition, we encourage students who use the Writing Center regularly to utilize the services of multiple coaches in order to receive the most benefit from the Writing Center's services. Since the Writing Center desires to help students become better self-editors, appointments may be switched to different coaches in order to ensure students do not become too reliant on the assistance of a single coach.

The answer is early and often. Students at universities everywhere typically view writing centers as emergency rooms for their bleeding papers, papers marked red by their apparently very angry professors. When students use this method of service, the damage is already done and the grade already received. This "after-the-fact" approach proves disastrous for students who could have benefited from services much earlier. Also, the ends of semesters are very busy at the Writing Center, and students waiting to the last minute to request coaching may find themselves on waiting lists, lists sometimes two-weeks long. By the time an appointment is available, the paper is already due. Thus, thinking of the Writing Center as a kind of preventative medicine approach makes life easier on everyone. The center is open and available for appointments year-round.

Students do not need an appointment to use the Writing Center. Walk-in sessions are available, though these are much briefer in length and are intended to encourage students to sign up for regular appointments. In addition, walk-in appointments are taken around scheduled appointments. Therefore, we cannot guarantee their availability at any given time.