Six Black Hills State University students, who also serve as writing consultants for the BHSU Writing Center, recently have had papers accepted for the October 2007 conference of the Midwest Writing Center Association (MWCA) in Kansas City.

These students spent several weeks this winter researching and developing proposals, according to Deaver Traywick, director of the Writing Center. This is the first time BHSU has sent students to the MWCA conference.

The accepted projects include: Allison Coin, junior English major from Presho, and Anne Coyle, junior English major from Gillette, Wyo. - “Making Room for Creative Writing in the Writing Center;” Kelly Kirk, junior history major from Beulah, N.D., and Ashley Rives, junior English major from Gillette, Wyo. - “Writing Centers and the Rural Student;” Nick Nolen, junior English major from Black Hawk - “Visually Impaired Students in the Writing Center;” and Lisa Krugh, senior English major from Cody, Wyo., and Traywick - “Getting Our Wires Crossed: GoogleDocs™ and the Online Writing Center.”

The mission of the Writing Center is to assist, encourage, and coach writers through the various stages of the writing process across all academic disciplines and at every educational level.

The Writing Center provides services for BHSU faculty, staff, and students; South Dakota K-12 teachers; and the Black Hills community. Services include:

  • One-on-one consultations at any stage of the writing process, including understanding an assignment, taking notes, developing a thesis, organizing a first draft, or revising and editing a final draft.
  • Assistance in researching, documenting sources, and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Reviews of grammar and punctuation rules.
  • Advice on writing a resume, application letter, or professional portfolio.
  • Preparation sessions for the writing portion of the Rising Junior Exam (CAAP).
  • Assistance in preparing for the Informational Literacy Exam.
  • Review and tutoring for the writing portion of pre-professional tests, including the GRE, PRAXIS, and LSAT exams.