For the rest of Spring 2020 Semester, all students on the Lamoni campus can get an appointment emailing Writing Center Director Roger Powell at or  


It will be imperative that we meet with you for one or two (consecutive) 30-minute sessions working TOGETHER with a writing tutor these next few weeks. 


If you are a student on the Independence campus or a distance student, then please email the Writing Center for an appointment at

The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where all Graceland students can work together with trained tutor on improving both their writing knowledge and skills.  The Writing Center assists students in all majors and at any stage of the writing process to become better, more confident writers. 

Students will work with writing tutors. These peer tutors are experienced readers and writers specifically trained to assist students of all levels and abilities with their writing.      

The Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for students on the Lamoni campus) and online tutoring (for any distance, Graceland University  students).

Name: Demeia Johnson
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Major (s): Criminal Psychology & Sociology Minor: Hispanic Studies
Activities outside of the Writing Center:  Reading
Favorite Quote About Writing: "A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world." by Susan Sontag
Name: Trevor Rogers
Hometown: Riverton, Illinois
Major (s): Communication
Activities outside of the Writing Center:  Sports fan
Favorite Quote About Writing: “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers” by Isaac Asimov
Name: Kassidy Topliff
Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Major (s): Nursing
Activities outside of the Writing Center: Graceland Softball
Favorite Quote About Writing: "You can make anything by writing." by C.S. Lewis.
Name: Tabitha Watson
Hometown: Sugar Creek, Missouri
Major(s): Business Administration with minors in Accounting and Ag Business
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Gadets
Favorite Quote about Writing: "We write to test life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." by Anais Nin.
Name: Georgia Seagraves
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Major(s): Hispanic Studies and International Studies
Career Goals: High School Spanish Teacher
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Student Pastor, Theater, Chaplain, Music Enthusiast.
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences." by Sylvia Plath.
Name: Abby Dodd
Hometown: St Louis, Missouri
Major(s): Criminal Justice and English, minor in Philosophy
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: symphonic band, history club officer. 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it's that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through -- originality." by Jack Kerouac. 
Name: Kamryn Leavitt
Hometown: Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 
Major(s): Elementary Education  
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Rugby, reading, Hiking, Thrifting. 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you waited for perfection, I would never write a word." by Margaret Atwood. 
Name: Molly Sharp 
Hometown: Locust Glove, Oklahoma 
Major(s): English, minor in Hispanic Studies 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: cheer, very active on her hall, which is Paloma! 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "A writer is by nature a dreamer-- a conscious dreamer." by Carson McCullers. 
Name: Jordan Denny
Hometown: Folsom, California
Major(s): Criminal Justice
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Wrestling, House Council, COSA Representative
Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal -- you have a wish." by Steve Maraboli.


Name: Dr. Roger Powell


Hometown: Creston, Iowa. 



BA, English, Graceland University, 2012

MA, English, University of North Dakota, 2014

PhD, English: Composition and TESOL, 2018, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Activities Outside of Writing Center: Traveling, Hiking/Backpacking, Watching the Kansas City Chiefs, and Hanging out with my wife, family, and friends. 


Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all else: read a lot and write a lot." by Stephen King.







Room 12 in the Lower Level of the FMS Library.
Lamoni Campus Spring 2020 Hours 

This will be updated soon to reflect the change to online tutoring. 


At the Writing Center, we can help you at any stage of the writing process -- from brainstorming, to revising your rough draft, to learning how to proofread your final draft. All writing tutors are trained to help you with any of your writing needs.   
If you would like to work together with a writing tutor, please contact the Writing Center a couple of days before the day that you would like to meet.  
Please remember to take the following items to your appointment at the Writing Center:
Textbooks used in your class
Instructions, assignment sheets, or prompts given by your teacher about your writing
Draft(s) of the paper written by you (if you have one started)
Thank you for your interest in the Writing Center.
We look forward to working TOGETHER.  
Please contact us with your questions.
Dr. Roger Powell
Writing Center Director

Tutor Tips

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This handout gives you a series of questions to ask about any writing assignment before you turn it in. These questions would be good for anytime you write anything in class or out of class. 

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