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About Us -- The Writing Center

We offer free writing support to all Carson-Newman undergraduate writers, through all of the stages of the writing processes and for genres that range from academic essays to business resumes. We offer on-site, face-to-face, individual tutoring that is tailored to the writer's goals. Our tutors are highly accomplished undergraduate students, trained by the English Department in writing center tutoring.


Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library, second floor, rooms 212 and 213. 



Tessa Antol

I am a sophomore majoring in History. I love to help others flesh out their ideas and order their thoughts, especially when it comes to writing! I believe that being able to express yourself through written word is a skill best improved together. I'm looking forward to being that helping hand in the Writing Center so that others can not only be satisfied with their work, but also proud of it too!

 Joey Clemmer

I am a senior and a political science major. Writing is an essential form of communication, so it is important to constantly improve it. I believe it is a skill that everyone needs to learn, and I am happy to help in that process. I am excited to be a part of the Writing Center’s mission to help students improve their papers.


Hannah Halliburton

I am a junior and an English major. I have always been very grammar-focused and I am also very organized. I think writing a coherent, well-organized paper is a much-needed skill and it can be really fun! This will be my second year working in the Writing Center, and I am excited to help students improve their writing skills and see how fun writing can be!


Ashley Rosenbalm

I am a senior Vocal Music Education major, and this my third year working in the Writing Center. I enjoy helping others whenever I can, and I also think that by working in the Writing Center, I can improve my own writing skills. I understand how frustrating it might feel to write a paper, and I’m looking forward to being able to help C-N students who come to the Writing Center.



 FAQ, the Writing Center

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • No need to schedule an appointment! Just come to the Writing Center during our working hours, and a tutor will help you. 

How often can I make an appointment, and how long can it be?

  • You can meet with a tutor twice a week for 30 minute sessions. That means that you can have a total of one hour during a week, but the two half-hour sessions need to be on two different days of the week.

What do I need to bring to the Writing Center?

  • Bring a copy of your paper (printed or on your computer), your assignment, any notes that you might have—including any questions that you might want to ask—and the email address of your teacher if you want us to send her/him a brief summary of your session. Your teacher will be notified of your appointment only if you ask ask us to do so. Otherwise, your Writing Center appointments are confidential.

What will happen during an appointment?

  • A tutor will work with you on your paper and address any concerns you might have regarding your writing. Your appointment will start with the tutor asking questions, such as: What is your main concern about this paper/assignment? With what can I help you today? On what do you want to focus today? What do you think is the most accomplished part of your paper, and why? After you identify your main concerns, the tutor will read your paper and discuss with you the ways in which you can improve it.

What exactly will a tutor do?

  • The tutor will help you improve any number of aspects of your paper, from your thesis, organization, and structure to citation style, punctuation, and spelling. However, since our tutors are not trained to be editors, they will not edit or proofread your papers; instead, they will identify areas of your writing that should be improved, and will therefore provide advice and tools that will enable you to significantly improve not only a particular paper but also your writing in general. Our tutors will also help you with, for instance, writing your resumes and cover letters.

Will anybody in the Writing Center write my paper for me?

  • No.

What if I come to the Writing Center and still get a grade with which I am not happy?

  • Writing is a long process and it usually takes a few drafts to make your essay as accomplished as possible. Even professional writers go through numerous drafts; that said, if you are not satisfied with your grade after a visit to the Writing Center, we recommend that you work even more closely with your professor and politely ask for clarification of her/his feedback, that you fully understand the assignment, that in the future you start the writing process much earlier, and that you try to visit the Writing Center at least two or three times before your paper is due.

How much does our service cost?         

  • Nothing! The Writing Center provides its services to all of the Carson-Newman students free of charge.

How could my professor find out that I was in the Writing Center and actually worked on my paper?

  • Ask your tutor to send an e-report to your professor/instructor. The report will contain information about elements on which you worked, when, and with whom. Be sure to know your professor's/instructor's email address.

How do I become a tutor?

  • If you are a good writer, and there is at least one professor who is familiar with your writing skills and can recommend you, please send an inquiry email to the Writing Center director, Dr. Damjana Mraović-O’Hare: dmraovic@cn.edu.

Writing Center Director

Dr. Damjana Mraović-O’Hare
Phone: 865-471-3546
Email: dmraovic@cn.edu 

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