Writing Center Mission Statement

The Writing Center’s mission is to provide individual writing instruction and feedback to students, staff, and faculty; to offer innovative support services, primarily designed to serve students but also welcoming to staff and faculty; and to present programs that foster writing improvement across the campus. Additionally, our mission includes providing these services holistically and in a supportive learning environment consistent with the values expressed in the Methodist University Mission Statement.

Our Goal

Our goal is to not only help you with current writing projects, but to also foster the skills and confidence necessary for your continued writing improvement and academic success. The Methodist University Writing Center offers support to students, faculty, and staff of Methodist University. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants are available for assistance with all writing projects.

The Methodist University Writing Center exists to help you—Methodist University students, staff, and faculty—with all your writing projects, from academic to creative and professional to personal. We strive to create a welcoming, non-judgmental service by which all writers, whether experienced or not, can develop their writing skills.

Our professional and student writing consultants can coach you in writing about any academic discipline and in all aspects of writing, including figuring out your assignment or your paper topic, organizing your draft, structuring a solid evidence paragraph, citing your sources correctly, improving clarity, rooting out those last punctuation or citation issues, and addressing everything in between.  Our goal is to foster the skills and confidence needed for academic and professional writing success.

We look forward to working with you.

Hours of Operation

Staff members are available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Writing and Tutoring Center Information Desk to help you arrange writing consultations and to answer logistical questions. The hours of operation are listed in Eastern Time Zone (ET).

Summer 2023 Hours

• Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Saturday: CLOSED
• Sunday: 5 – 9 p.m.

Writing consultations are conducted both in person and remotely. Check WCONLINE  or contact a representative for appointment availability.

Office Location

Davis Memorial Library
The Writing Center Director’s office is in Davis Memorial Library, Room 122.

Contact Us

Writing Center Information Line – 910.630.8451

Writing Center Director Line – 910.630.7264

Writing Center Email Address – writingcenter@methodist.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

We are located in the Davis Memorial Library. If you have trouble finding us, feel free to contact the writing center at 910.630.8451 or the Writing Center Director at 910.630.7264.

You should utilize the writing center because writing can be an overwhelming, stressful task. Working with a writing consultant can make the writing process easier and more productive. If you need assistance with anything from brainstorming to final revisions, the writing center staff is here for you.

We offer suggestions and guidance on what you have written; you decide what changes to make to your paper. Our goal is to help you become a better writer and help you gain knowledge and strategies that can strengthen your current and future writing projects.

We do offer walk-in appointments, so if a consultant is available then you can work with them. Keep in mind that appointments begin at the top of each hour, so you may not have the same amount of consultation time as you would if you had scheduled an appointment. To ensure you get a full 45-minute consultation, we recommend scheduling in advance at WCONLINE.

You and your consultant will work together to address your writing concerns. These can include brainstorming, outlining, finalizing your paper, or anything in between. At the end of your 45-minute consultation, your consultant will write a summary report and ask you to complete a brief survey regarding your experience.

Both Online and eTutoring consultations are conducted via WCONLINE, but the main difference is the way the consultations happen.

Online: This type is similar to a Face-to-Face consultation, except you meet your consultant online from any location with internet access. This may be an appropriate choice for those who have yet to begin writing or need to interact with a consultant in real-time.

eTutoring: This type is a written consultation that provides only written feedback. Prior to your appointment time, you will attach your document to the appointment form. You do not have to be available during your scheduled appointment time. Your consultant will read your document, prepare written feedback, and return the document to you.

No, you do not need to have a completed draft. In fact, you do not need to have anything written! We will gladly work with you at any stage of the writing process.

Writing consultations are for everyone in the Methodist University community. We work with students, staff, and faculty. In fact, many of our consultants use the writing center’s services for their own projects.

Our professional writing consultants have bachelor’s or advanced degrees and have expertise in writing, research, teaching, and more. Our student writing consultants are Methodist University undergraduate students with exceptional writing skills and specialized training. The student writing consultants work only with undergraduate students and only in Face-to-Face or Online consultations. If you are a graduate student or want an eTutoring (written) consultation, you will need to sign up with a professional consultant.

You can add your name to the waiting list with the Waiting List function in WCONLINE.

At the end of each session, your consultant will complete a summary report that is emailed to you and to your professor. This summary provides an overview of what you and your consultant worked on during your appointment.

It is your responsibility to know the instructions for your take-home exams and to share those instructions with the consultant.

Yes, we can consult on lengthy projects. The important thing is to plan ahead and schedule plenty of time. You can schedule up to five (5) single consultations in a week, of which two may be consecutive appointments on the same day for a longer consultation.

We welcome group writing projects. All authors must have active accounts with the writing center, and you must provide the names and email addresses of your co-authors. This way, if you book a face-to-face appointment, the consultant will be able to ensure a large enough meeting area. If it is an online consultation, the professional consultant will use WCONLINE to meet with you initially and may create a Teams conference for your group meeting. If you schedule an eTutoring appointment, submit a single copy of your draft, and you can share the results with your group.

We are always happy to hear from you. We ask you to complete an anonymous, short feedback survey after each consultation. You can include your suggestions in the comments box on the survey. If your comments do not require anonymity, you are always welcome to contact the Director of the Writing Center.

Refer to the Come Work with Us page for more details or contact the Writing Center Director at 910.630.7264 to discuss your interest.

You can contact the Writing and Tutoring Center Information Line by calling 910.630.8451. You can also reach us via email at writingcenter@methodist.edu.