Writing Center

Welcome to the Regent University Writing Center! Located in Library Suite 218, the Writing Center is comprised of writing coaches—specially trained undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines (English, Biophysical Sciences, Religious Studies, Psychology & Counseling, etc.) who collaborate with students, staff, or faculty to help improve writing skills. Writing is a central form of communication used in most disciplines. Therefore, our coaches work to help build your confidence, think critically about your project, and teach you skills to improve your writing style and technique. Writers can receive assistance by scheduling individual appointments with a coach (in-person, over the phone, or online) or registering to attend one of our writing workshops (on-campus or online).

Services

What We Do

Writing coaches provide free tutoring to all Regent students, staff, and faculty through 45-minute appointments or 60-90 minute workshops. During appointments, coaches can assist you with any Regent-related writing task, including research papers, book reports, case studies, article reviews, discussion board posts, etc.* All appointments are available in-person in LIB 218, over the phone, or online via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Please visit our "Workshops" tab for more information regarding the workshops we host each semester.

The Writing Center's 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 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 or proofreading services.

Writing Center Hours

Monday: 10 am – 10 pm (EST)
Tuesday: 10 am – 10 pm (EST)
Wednesday: 10 am – 10 pm (EST)
Thursday: 10 am – 10 pm (EST)
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm (EST)
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm (EST)
Sunday: CLOSED

To schedule an appointment, you must access the Writing Center's online appointment scheduler.

  • 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. Distance students may call the Writing Center and ask for "Call-In" sessions.
  • Students are allowed one appointment per day and up to two appointments a week. This limit includes both scheduled appointments and walk-in sessions. Students can also schedule appointments up to one month in advance.

*Presently, the Writing Center only helps with the clarity and grammar of resumes or cover letters. For specialized assistance, please contact Career Services or 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 two appointments in a week, depending upon availability. Please schedule your appointments in advance to ensure a slot.


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

Appointments

"What Can I Expect During an Appointment?"

Oftentimes, students who schedule appointments for the first time arrive not knowing what to expect. We ask that you email a draft of your work to writing@regent.edu along with the assignment instructions so that the coach can prepare for the appointment. Once you meet with the coach, he or she will greet you warmly and typically ask about the professor's expectations of the assignment: Is there a word/page count? When is the assignment due? Are there any special instructions I should know?

The coach will ask about what you want to focus on during the appointment. Common topics include brainstorming a research question, revising a thesis statement, organizing your ideas, avoiding plagiarism, revising grammar and punctuation, or learning a formatting style (APA, MLA, or Turabian). The coach will also provide topics he or she wants to cover based on the notes from your draft. Together, you will prioritize the areas of the writing project you would like to cover during the appointment.

If you have a draft, the coach will ask you to read portions of it aloud (If reading aloud makes you uncomfortable, please let the coach know, and he or she will read instead). Reading aloud helps both you and the tutor hear the ideas and your writing style within the draft.

After that, you and the coach will focus your conversation on the topics you prioritized together. The tutors may explain writing conventions, provide handouts to supplement your discussion, or assist you in revising sentences/passages. However, the coach will respect and trust your decisions on what to revise. You are the author of the work, which means you are in control of what you want to say. Thus, the coach will help you think critically about what you are trying to communicate and teach you ways to convey these ideas as clearly as possible.

If you are unable to arrive on time for your appointment, please notify us as soon as possible. If we have not heard from you within 20 minutes after the start of your appointment, we will mark you down as a "no-show." Please note if you fail to show up for three appointments within a given semester, you will be prohibited from scheduling more appointments within that semester to allow other students to meet with a coach.

"What Do You Recommend If I have a Longer Paper or Series of Projects?"

Often, 45 minutes is not enough time to go through an entire draft. If you have an assignment that is longer than five pages, your coach will ask you to focus on specific areas that you would like to go over together. Coaches will help you to identify certain patterns in your writing, so you will be able to leave the appointment equipped to revise the rest of the paper on your own.

If you are working on longer assignments, we encourage you to schedule more than one appointment to go over a longer paper. We allow students to have two appointments in a week, depending upon availability. Please schedule your appointments in advance to ensure a slot.

"What If I Don't Need 45 Minutes?"

Students do not need to schedule an appointment to use the Writing Center. Walk-in or Call-in sessions are available for students to speak with a coach for 10-15 minutes. We encourage students to prepare one or two specific questions ahead of time because 15 minutes is not enough time to go through a longer assignment compared to a scheduled appointment. In addition, walk-in/call-in appointments are taken around scheduled appointments; therefore, we cannot guarantee their availability at any given time.

Please note that all students are expected to abide by the Academic Support Center's Code of Conduct. To schedule an appointment, you must access the Writing Center's online appointment scheduler.


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

Resources

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Workshops

The Writing Center offers a variety of workshops throughout the year. The workshops are offered on an 8-week rotation with each workshop appearing twice throughout each semester. Workshops include: Writing Clearly, 20 Most Common Writing Errors, Avoiding Plagiarism, Writing Quality Research Papers, and Style Manual Workshops (APA, MLA, and Turabian).

Clicking on any workshop title below will redirect you to our registration page, where you can learn more about the workshop and register. Please pay special attention to the location of each workshop to distinguish between on-campus versus online workshops.



May 2018

05/22  UWC: 20 Most Common Errors in Writing   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

05/24  UWC: Turabian Formatting   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

05/29  UWC: Writing Clearly   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

05/31  UWC: APA Formatting   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


June 2018

06/05  UWC: Writing Quality Research Papers   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

06/07  UWC: MLA 8th Ed. Formatting   12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

06/12  UWC: Avoiding Plagiarism   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

FAQs

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

Please note that all students are expected to abide by the Academic Support Center's Code of Conduct.

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 two 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.

Students with registered disabilities are able to receive accommodations from the Writing Center on a case-by-case basis. The Writing Center will contact Disability Services to learn what accommodations we can provide for you. Based on the details, we will work with you to ensure that you receive support to help you succeed in your academic endeavors. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Disability Services to learn what a reasonable accommodation is for your specific needs.