The Campus Writing Center has as its purpose to offer assistance to all Southern students in their pursuit of writing excellence. Writing Center tutors provide individual attention to students as they begin, continue, or review their writing projects. Our goal is to promote the development of confident, self-reliant student writers.
To meet our mission, we have established the following objectives:
To encourage students as they form their own strategies for writing improvement.
Successful writers have established, through experience and awareness, effective writing practices. To assist students, writing tutors share the insights of their own writing experience. Student writers adopt what they may of the tutors' insights to fit their own writing needs.
To foster student writers as they find their voice in academic discourse.
Students who have established their own strategies for writing still need to apply their writing to academic purposes. Tutors serve as a ready audience providing response to student writing and allowing students to gauge the appropriateness of their writing for academic work.
To support students as they develop confidence in their writing abilities.
Writing tutorials offer a nonevaluative context for experimentation and growth. At any stage of growth, confidence is boosted when a student writer accomplishes a writing task to his or her satisfaction.
To enable students to claim membership in a community of writers and learners.
Writing is not an isolated activity. The Writing Center forges connections among writers -- students, tutors, and instructors -- reinforcing the development of successful writers.