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The Writing Center

The Writing Center exists to help members of the Spring Arbor University community grow as writers.  In keeping with The Concept, we offer space for students to learn in community by engaging in conversations about all aspects of writing and critical thinking.

We fulfill this mission through one-on-one consultations with students, workshops that cover particular subjects, and handouts and other resources to help students with specific questions.

One-on-One Consultations

We aren’t a proofreading or editing service; rather, we want to work with you so that you can grow as a writer. When you come for an appointment, expect to engage in a rigorous conversation about your ideas and your writing. While our tutors hope that you walk out the door with a better piece of writing, they are more concerned that you leave a better writer.

Location and Hours

We are located on the first floor of the White Library, just to the left of the main stairs. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 1-7, Wednesday 11-7, and Friday 1-5.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, go to our online calendar. You may view all available appointments, or, if you want to work with a particular tutor, you can see what hours he or she is available by choosing a name from the drop down menu at the top of the page. Click on the time you want, enter your contact information, and you’ll be ready to go. We look forward to talking with you about your writing.

Tutor Profiles

Tutor Profiles

Carly Thompson

I am an English writing major and I am a sophomore. Many of my friends and family will bring their papers to me for revision and I enjoy helping people understand the processes that will help them become better writers. I am very passionate about the importance of writing well no matter what discipline someone is studying; having the ability to communicate ideas well on paper in an organized and grammatically correct way is a marketable skill to have. I’m excited to work in the Writing Center to help students become better writers and take pride in the writing they produce. I love to write poetry in my spare time and some of my favorite poets to read are Stanley Plumly, A.E. Stallings, and Billy Collins. My two favorite books are Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Z–A novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. A fun fact about me is that I have a manual typewriter named Felix and when I have more time on my hands, I write my poems on my typewriter.

Morgan Foster

I am a Sophomore English education major who loves to read and write! If I’m not reading or writing in my spare time, you’ll find me playing tennis, playing my trumpet, or hanging out with friends. I am also a biology minor!  I think the diversity of my classes helps me to think creatively about writing so I would love to help you expand the ideas in your writing. I am also excited to offer help with the organization of your paper and any other questions you may have.

Cullin Morgan

I have two passions: stories and students. I am excited to explore both of those passions working in the Writing Center, where I am driven to make better writers who make better writing. I am pursuing a degree in English Education and a minor in Drama and Speech Education. I am more than ready to provide you with the skills you need. Got a question? I will make up an answer! Have a sentence that’s too long? I will give you semicolons! Need a thesis? I will give you my favorite one: Applesauce is the best dessert because it is made with cinnamon!

April Kragt

I’m a sophomore double major in Psychology and English. People and writing are my main passions, so I love the one-on-one process of helping students transform their papers. I will gladly help you with your essay organization, word choice, the nitpicky details of APA format, and anything else! I am very excited for the adventure that working in the Writing Center holds. When I’m not at the Writing Center, I enjoy reading, writing, photography, and learning Dutch. I’m also typically up for a night of watching the Office with friends. So, come on into the Writing Center and let’s get excited about writing (and maybe exchange a few references from the Office)!

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What kind of writing can I bring to the Writing Center?

Answer: We will work with you on writing projects from any context, such as

  • Class essays
  • Resumes
  • Graduate School applications
  • Scholarship applications
  • Presentations

Question: Should I wait to come until I have written a complete draft?

Answer: You can bring in your writing for help with any stage in the process:

  • Brainstorming
  • Outlining
  • Thesis development
  • Organization
  • Introductions and Conclusions
  • Revising
  • Grammar

Please come no less than 24 hours before your essay is due.  Because our tutors will discuss not only your essay’s grammar and formatting, but also its thesis, organization, and ideas, you will need this time to make revisions to your essay before you turn it into your professor.

Question: What should I bring to the consultation?

Answer:  Besides your enthusiasm and a desire to improve your writing, bringing the following will make for a more productive conversation:

  • A hard copy of your essay
  • The assignment information from your professor and any other details about his or her expectations such as a rubric or sample essay.

Question: Do I need to make an appointment?

Answer: While appointments are not required, we get quite busy at certain points during the semester, so making an appointment will ensure that you don’t have to wait for a consultant. You can make an appointment via our online calendar or by contacting Barb Coleman, either by calling her at 517.750.6481 (ext. 1481) or emailing her at barbara.coleman@arbor.edu.

Online Consultations

In order to serve the many SAU students in the GPS or online programs who aren’t able to come for a face-to-face writing consultation, we also offer online consultations (this service is not available to on-campus students). If you are a GPS or online student, simply go to our online calendar and select the “Online Consultation” service. When you schedule an appointment time, keep in mind that these are in EST.

Before your scheduled time, email your essay or writing project to writingcenteratsau@gmail.com. In the body of your email, include a brief summary of your assignment and any questions or concerns you have. We will do our best to reply within one business day, and will return your document with comments that will suggest ways to strengthen your argument, clarify confusing sections, and identify and correct repeated errors. If needed, you can follow up with your tutor through a phone call.