Writing Center

ABOUT THE WRITING CENTER

Writing is a necessary skill for any major and career you choose, and the Writing Center is an invaluable and free service that’s available to you as a Wingate University student.

Visit the tutors at the Writing Center, located on the second floor of the Ethel K. Smith Library, right next to the Academic Resource Center. They’ll be glad to help you with your papers for any course from biology to history and everything in between.

Writing Center tutors don’t fix papers and won’t write them for you. They’re current students recommended by professors from writing-intensive classes that are trained to help you become a better writer, regardless of your ability level.

We’re here when you need us. Keep this in mind when you’re ready to stop by:

  • Drop in for a session or make an appointment by e-mailing the Writing Center.
  • Drop-in hours are Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Printable, online help is available on a variety of writing issues.
  • Review our Policies and Procedures to make the Writing Center work best for you.

Tips, suggestions and guidelines

Grammar and Mechanics

Writing well means constructing sentences that are clear and easy to follow. These PDFs can help you write more effective sentences, the first step in becoming a stronger writer.
Active Passive Voice
Articles
Choosing a Verb Tense
Commas, Comma Abuse and Comma Splice
Sentence Fragments
Splitting Infinitives
Tense Agreement of Subject and Verb

Argumentative and Research Writing

Research involves finding information and then forming an argument with that information. How can you write a strong argument? Check out these PDFs for tips on arguments and how to handle source materials.
Classical Arguments
Evaluating Source Material
Integrating Source Material
Key Terms in Argumentation
Logic, Claims and Fallacies in Argumentative Writing
Reading Source Material Critically
Reading to Write
Rogerian Arguments
Toulmin Arguments
Writing an Argumentative Essay

Writing Essays

Does the word essay make you break out in a cold sweat? Put those jitters behind you. These PDFs can help you perfect every essay you write.
Computer Settings for Essays
Exploratory / Evaluation Essays
Preparing an Outline
Understanding Writing Prompts

Writing for Specific Majors

Style

Revision/Editing

Being a better writer also means being a better reviser and editor. How can you do that? These PDFs will show you.
Higher Order Concerns vs. Lower Order Concerns
Proofreading for Compound Sentence Commas
Proofreading Strategies
The Difference Between Revising and Editing

APA Style

Helpful Links

As we find links that help students improve their writing skills, we’ll add them here. Check out the first one for useful tips and ideas.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab

REMINDERS

  • We are not an editing service, and tutors cannot “fix” your paper for you. The tutors work with you to help you identify and address problem areas.
  • We do not discuss possible grades with you. That’s your professor’s responsibility.
  • You’re in charge of revising and editing your paper. We cannot guarantee error-free papers.

WORKSHOPS

  • Professors may schedule in-class workshops regarding content after a consultation with the Writing Center. Contact us at least one week before the desired workshop date.
  • Public workshops may be offered through the Writing Center on a variety of topics. Public attendees are required to pay a registration fee, but these are free to students, faculty and staff. Registration is required for all planning to attend.

FACULTY AND STAFF

  • All of the above policies and services pertain to faculty, staff and students.
  • Faculty may schedule a five-minute tutor visit for their class. Please contact us one week before the class.
  • Faculty are asked to forward writing prompts and writing assignments to us so we may address your students’ writing concerns with your requirements in mind.
  • Faculty can schedule an appointment with the Writing Center director to discuss topics such as integrating writing exercises in classes, generating effective writing prompts and grading writing assignments.

ALUMNI AND GENERAL PUBLIC

  • Writing Center services are available to our alumni and the local community. All of the above policies apply to our alumni and the public, but please be aware that providing for our students, faculty and staff may take precedence in scheduling.
  • We’re happy to prepare and present writing workshops, seminars or visits by our tutors and director for local schools, businesses and organizations on behalf of Wingate University. Please call us at 704-233-8070 for details.

Writing Center Hours

Most students who visit the Writing Center just drop in to work with a tutor. The center has staff available to help you from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Tutors are available to help with your writing issues on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students can also make an appointment.

  • Schedule appointments at least one or two days before your paper is due.
  • Sessions may be 30 or 60 minutes long.