Welcome to the Graceland University Writing Center Page 

 

The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where all Graceland students can work together with a 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. The Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for students on the Lamoni campus) and online tutoring (for any distance, Graceland University students).

How to get Help: 

Lamoni Campus Students:

1.You do not need an appointment to use the Writing Center in our location at the library room 119. There will be a tutor available during the times below. 

2. At certain times during the day there will be a tutor at our locations in the Men's and Women's Residence Halls or the Newcom Student Union. You can just show up at these locations and discuss the writing you might be working on.

3. If you would like to meet online, then you will need an appointment. You can get an appointment by using our online scheduler or emailing writingcenter@graceland.edu. These will often be held via Zoom, but may also be asynchronous via comments on Microsoft Word (or a similar program) in special cases. 

 

Independence Campus, Distance Learning, and Graduate Students:

1. You can get help via  an online appointment by emailing writingcenter@graceland.edu. These will be held via Zoom, or any asynchronously via comments on Microsoft Word (or a similar program). 

 

 

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 who are themselves. These peer tutors are experienced readers and writers specifically trained to assist students of all levels and abilities with their writing, but they know what it is like to be a student and are navigating that themselves. They love helping and collaborating with their peers!     

 

 
MEET THE GU STUDENT WRITING TUTORS:
 
Adelia Bristot Goes 
 
Hometown: Criciúma - Santa Catarina, Brazil
 
Major (s): Criciúma - Santa Catarina, Brazil
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Women’s Soccer and Honors Program
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Agatha Christie
 
 
Sophia Lopez
 
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
 
Major (s): English and Business
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Women's Soccer, Choir and Harmonium Member, Graceland Theatre Participant, and Head Receptionist for Tess Morgan. 
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "There is no greater agony that than bearing and untold story inside of you." Maya Angelou
 
 
Emily Lewis
 
Hometown: Centerville, Iowa
 
Major (s): English with Secondary Teaching Endorsement
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Cross Country and Track and Field
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Words are a lens to focus one's mind." Ayn Rand 
 
Sydney Sweeden
 
Hometown: Weston, Missouri
 
Major (s): History and Sociology
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Working part-time at Kum & Go gas station
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "A word after a word after a word is power." Margaret Atwood
 
 
PJ McDaniel
 
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
 
Major (s): Business Administration
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Writing Poetry, Playing Video Games, Hanging out with Friends
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: “If we don’t write our own stories, there is someone else waiting to do it for us. And those people, waiting with their pens, often don’t look like we do and don’t have our best interest in mind” - Hanif Abdurraqib-Willis, “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us”
 
Tanis Rees
 
Hometown: Woodburn, Oregon
 
Major (s): English / Secondary Education
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Theatre, Choir, IDEA Rep, Sandwich Artist
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic." by J.K. Rowling
 
 
Samantha Brooks
 
Hometown: Odessa, Missouri
 
Major (s): Nursing, Minor in Psychology
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Treasurer for McKevit Manor
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "You fail only if you stop writing." Ray Bradbury
 
 
Maniya Watkins
 
Hometown: Louisville, Mississippi
 
Majors (s): Criminal Law and Sociology
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Women’s Basketball player
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have" -Maya Angelou
 
 
Name: Isabella Herman
 
Hometown: Grain Valley, Missouri
 
Major (s):Psychology and English
 
Activities outside of the Writing Center:  Reading, Crochet
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: “Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.” -Donna Tartt
 
 
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: Kaylen Schaefer

Hometown: Hemet, CA

Major: English 

Activities outside of the Writing Center: Soccer

Favorite quote about writing: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

 
Name: Molly Sharp 
 
Hometown: Locust Grove, 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. 
 
 
 
 
MEET THE GU WRITING CENTER DIRECTOR

 

Name: Dr. Roger Powell

 

Hometown: Creston, Iowa. 

 

Degrees:

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, Playing Video Games, Hiking/Backpacking, Watching the Kansas City Chiefs, and Hanging out with my wife, family, and friends. 

 

Favorite Quote About Writing: "Writing is not life, but I think sometimes it can be a way back to life." by Stephen King.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Room 119 of the FMS Library, Newcom Student Center, Residences Halls, or online. 
 
All Graceland Students Fall 2021 Hours 
 

Monday-Thursday 10am-5 pm & 7-9 pm

Friday 10am-2pm

Sunday 5-8 pm

 

On-Call Hours

This semester, the Writing Center will have "On-Call hours." If our regulars hours do not work for you, please email the Director, Roger Powell and if at all possible, other arrangements will be made outside of these hours. 

 

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
Digital Instructions, assignment sheets, or prompts given by your teacher about your writing
Digital 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
641-784-5077
                                                                                                                 

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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