Located in the library, the Athens State University Writing Center provides free services to help undergraduate and graduate students at any stage of the writing and communication process. Knowledgeable peer consultants conduct writing center sessions either face-to-face or online. We offer individual and group tutoring for many types of projects, including essays, research papers, presentations, and digital writing (such as blogs, wikis, & websites).
The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Athens State University Library in the Learning Commons Area; turn right when you enter the library.
Make an appointment with the Writing Center for help with brainstorming, getting started, organization, thesis statements, style, sentence structure, constructive critiques, and more on your writing assignments, presentations, and other multimodal projects (blogs, wikis, websites, etc.).
Face-to-face and Online Tutoring
We provide face-to-face and live online sessions. Face-to-face sessions can be scheduled for 30 or 60 minutes. Live online sessions are conducted for 60 minutes through either webcamera (preferred), chat, or phone. Online sessions must be scheduled in advance, and students must “show up” online at the scheduled time to keep an appointment. View our instructions on how to schedule an appointment and how to join your appointment once it has been scheduled.
Email tutoring is also available to graduate students.
The Writing Center is staffed with consultants who are fellow students at Athens State. They are trained work with their peers on various academic and professional writing assignments. During the session, consultants engage students in conversation about their projects, pose questions, and discuss revision strategies; they use a variety of methods to help students successfully complete their projects. Consultants do not edit, proofread, or write texts for their peers—although they do have productive, educational ways to discuss grammar, editing skills, and proofreading.
We also have specific time set aside for Graduate-only tutoring with a graduate writing specialist. Learn more about our graduate tutoring.
Support from the Writing Center can be many things:
- Understanding an assignment prompt
- Developing research questions
- Inventing ideas, brainstorming, and “free writing”
- Planning and developing a draft
- Creating a timeline for a project
- Finding an “angle” or purpose
- Developing a project within specific guidelines
- Using style reference manuals and online resources for citation
- Understanding academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism
- Revising a draft for organization, purpose, and more
- Developing editing habits
To view our schedule and available appointment times, you must be registered in WCOnline. Once you are registered, log in to schedule a session. More information on how to schedule a session can be found here.
For more questions, please view our F.A.Q.s page.
Note: Walk-ins are always welcome, but to ensure an appointment please schedule it in advance whenever possible.
The Writing Center can be contacted by phone: 256-216-6665 or email: . During unstaffed hours, please allow time until the Writing Center re-opens to receive a response to a voicemail or email.
Director: Dr. Chet Breaux
Graduate Writing Specialist: Lauren Reynolds