|Roswitha M. Shelton
Writing Center Coordinator
Virginia Union University’s Writing Center is dedicated to assisting students of all levels with the improvement of writing skills and knowledge necessary for success in all academic areas. Pursuant to the mission of raising proficiency levels in writing, the Writing Center is tailored to help students learn—or brush up—the how’s and why’s of effective writing, and to polish their styles.
Staffed by student tutors and faculty/professionals, the Writing Center is available free of charge for all Virginia Union University students interested in improving their writing in general, or improving specific writing assignments. Students can come to the Writing Center as many times throughout the year as they would like. A nominal fee may be assessed for printing papers in the Writing Center; students may print out five pages per visit.
We also work with faculty who consult the Writing Center about writing workshops and/or assignments for their classes and writing across the curriculum development.
The Writing Center is located on the 2nd floor of Ellison Hall in Room 206. Entrance is through the Department of Languages and Literature, Room 208.
Fall/Spring Semesters (August to May): We are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM-5 PM during the academic year.
Summer (June): We are open for walk-ins Monday through Thursday from 11 AM-1 PM, and other times by appointment.
Stop by the Writing Center in Ellison Hall 206 or call (804) 257-5638 during our open hours. Any student may schedule a 30-minute or one-hour appointment, depending on the type and length of the assignment or project the student is working on.
Students who are at the top of their classes and who possess strong writing skills and a passion for communicating about writing are selected. In addition, English faculty and the Writing Center Coordinator are aiding students with their writing.
Our philosophy is based on the underlying principle that writing is an interactive process. Hence, whenever students come to the Writing Center, they should keep the following in mind:
At the Writing Center, We:
At the Writing Center, We Don’t:
A final note about our philosophy:
Writing Center tutors facilitate the writing process. It is our goal to guide students in identifying and correcting their own errors. Hence, for sustained improvement, the Writing Center encourages students to meet with tutors regularly.
Support for All Writers on a Variety of Writing Tasks
We work with a diverse range of students on a wide range of writing assignments and on all aspects of the writing process, from beginning to advanced writers; from freshman to seniors; remedial students; and honors students. We also offer help to those who seek help for résumés and cover letters, graduate school or scholarship application materials and personal statements.
Writing Support for Students with Writing Difficulties
We work with students who have diverse learning styles and abilities. We especially encourage students with writing difficulties tovisit the Writing Center at the start of each semester, as soon as a writing project is assigned or as soon as feasible. We will discuss students’ needs and help them decide how best to proceed—perhaps by arranging regular tutoring sessions to provideongoing support, or scheduling a series of structured meetings before a major assignment is due. We can also work with faculty to develop plans and strategies for working with students with writing difficulties.
The Writing Center offers in-class workshops and mini-lessons on a variety of writing topics, from generating ideas to proofreading strategies, to improving research and citation skills. Most of these workshops are approximately 30 to 60 minutes long and deal primarily with writing, grammar and research issues, but we are beginning to design workshops on other topics. We also visit classes to inform students about Writing Center services and policies.
Faculty can utilize these services by contacting the Writing Center by email or submitting our Presentation Request (Class Visit) form. Please allow at least one week for scheduling for these services.