Our Mission

THE WRITING CENTER MISSION

Writing can be difficult. Frustrating. Mind numbing. Boring. Torturous, even. At the Writing Center, we understand. We also understand, however, that writing can be exciting. Interesting. Challenging. When you are interested in what you are writing about, and when you are invested in the project, writing becomes something more than a grade. It becomes a site of personal expression, of new knowledge, of social and individual awareness, and of intellectual growth and mastery. At the writing center, we work to transform your writing apprehension into appreciation, to help you find ownership and merit in your work. At the writing center, we work to take the sting out of writing.

Our mission is to help you become a better writer. Rather than offering editing services, we work with you to strengthen all aspects of your writing process to help you gain confidence in writing and in the texts that you produce. With that in mind, we begin where you do. For academic writing, a session will be beneficial to you when you are:

· choosing and narrowing a topic
· developing a thesis
· generating ideas for support and development
· organizing ideas
· researching and documenting sources
· drafting
· revising and editing


In addition to academic essays, papers, and speeches, we offer guidance for resumes, application letters, and personal statements. Consultants can also help with review and tutoring for the writing portion of the Rising Junior Exam, the Informational Literacy Exam, and the writing portion of pre-professional tests such as the GRE, PRAXIS, and LSAT.

In addition to these services, we can also help you and your group members with group writing projects; please be sure to indicate the number of writers in the group when scheduling a session.

The Writing Center is here for your writing needs. Our goals are to enable you to compose more fluently and with less apprehension and fear; to provide support when you are struggling with a writing project; to assist you with the further development of your critical thinking skills; and to acquaint you with the conventions and expectations of academic writing. We can help you become a stronger and more diverse writer. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Black Hills State University

LOCATION:
First Floor of E.Y. Berry Library
PHONE: 
642-6922
EMAIL:  
WritingCenter@bhsu.edu