Resources for Writers
About the Writing Center
The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutorials with trained writing consultants to help you master the skills of college-level writing and grow as a writer. Writing Center services are available to all JBU students, whatever your degree program or academic level. Undergraduate students in residence at the Siloam Springs campus can meet for face-to-face consultations in our office in the library (LRC 131); degree completion, graduate, and any other students who cannot make it to campus in the evening can sign up for an online tutoring session.
We can help you understand what's not working in your paragraphs and why, but we are NOT a “fix-it shop” or a proofreading or editing service. We do not claim to improve anyone’s grades. In fact, our focus is not even your paper, even though we certainly work through drafts with you. Our goal is to help you become a better writer.
We encourage students to schedule an appointment well before assignments are due so that we can see multiple drafts of a document in process. During the college years, this practice of revision can improve the writer's performance on academic assignments.
Writing Consultants work personally with clients at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming a topic to grammar revision, including any steps in between such as research. Typically we look at writing samples on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis to identify problem areas. We then direct clients to resources in print or online that can assist them further on sentence style, formatting, or grammar.
For more information or if you have trouble scheduling an appointment, contact Writing Center Director Jonathan Himes.