The mission of the Eckerd College Writing Center, consultants, and faculty is to assist all writers with competent and friendly advice about their projects during composition. We play the role of "writing coach," and you are free to take or reject our advice. The advantage to every writer we serve is that we give you a neutral trial run with experienced readers before you have to submit your work for evaluation. In one-to-one sessions, we act as catalysts to help you improve your writing skills. Through asking appropriate questions and offering thoughtful suggestions, we help you organize and clearly state your thoughts. We can help you at any stage of the writing process: from outlining to writing a rough draft to revising and polishing a final draft. It is our goal to help all students with whom we work to realize their potential as effective and efficient writers.
Student "Writing Consultants" are trained to help guide their classmates through invention strategies, rewriting, self-editing, and careful proofreading. Consultants will not make changes to the writer's draft, nor will they edit or proofread for students; they instead will coach writers by reading drafts carefully and giving the writer feedback on the paper’s focus/thesis, organization and development, voice or tone, handling and documentation of source material, etc. Consultants are also trained to work with students who are having trouble producing rough drafts. Some specialized drills and grammar reviews will be available. All consultants will send a memo to the writer’s instructor, within 24 hours after each meeting, describing the kind of help given and identifying any problems that need attention. Writing Center services are free to all students currently enrolled at Eckerd College, in both the residential program and the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL).
Word Processing/Document Design
Our 19-station Macintosh lab, with a desktop publishing work station, is available for student and faculty use during the lab’s open hours.
Location and Hours
The Writing Center is located in the Seibert Humanities Building, room 103. Our Fall and Spring hours are Sunday - Thursday, 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Our Autumn Term hours are Sunday - Thursday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Winter Term (January) hours are Sunday - Thursday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm.