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FALL 2016
Weekdays (Monday-Friday):  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (By appointment)
Weekends (Saturday-Sunday):  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (No appointment needed)
Please schedule one or two (consecutive) 30-minute tutoring sessions.
WHEN to make an appointment:
If you would like help working on
general writing skills or specific writing assignments
(eg, a specific paper, assignment, or project),
please contact the Writing Center one or two days before 
the day that you would like to meet.  
HOW to make an appointment:
call:         641-784-5077
visit:        FMS Library (Rooms 18 and 19)
WHAT TO take to an appointment:
textbooks used in your class
instructions given by your teacher
draft(s) of the paper/assignment/project written by you
supplies of enthusiasm and effort!  
Thank you for your interest.  
We look forward to working with you.  
Please contact us with your questions.
Dr. Cris Karmas
Writing Center Director
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."   
Ernest Hemingway                                                       


WEEKEND WALK-INS (1:00 - 3:00):  No appointment needed

Saturdays and Sundays


FRIDAY WRITING WORKSHOPS (1:00-1:45):  By appointment

23 September:  Sentences/Non-Sentences

30 September:  Sentences/Non-Sentences

7 October:  Sentence Variety

14 October:  Sentence Variety

21 October:  Introductions/Conclusions

28 October:  Introductions/Conclusions


CLASS TUTORS:  By appointment

Contact us at least one week in advance if you would like 

a writing tutor to help a group of students with a class assignment.


ESL assistance
This section provides tutor training items and handouts to cover common writing issues which ESL students face. 
A Guide to Tutoring Non-Native English Speaking Students (.pdf, 1743K)
This guidebook for tutors from John Jay College in New York is a good place to start for all of us to consider.  It's 40 pages of scenarios and reflective questions. 
APA and MLA assistance
APA Template (.doc, 27K)
CBASE PowerPoint (.ppt, 346K)
This is the PowerPoint presentation for the CBASE test.
Pre-Conference Questionnaire (.docx, 12K)
APA and MLA Citation Posters (.pdf, 255K)
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print PDF files.
The Writing Center is located on the lower level of the Frederick Madison Smith Library (Room 16).
"Don't fear making a mistake; fear failing to learn and move forward."   
Philip Humbert

Located on the lower level of the Frederick Madison Smith Library (Room 16), the Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where students enrolled in all academic programs can work on improving both general writing skills and specific writing assignments.  Supported by tutors—experienced readers trained to assist at any stage of the writing process—students can learn to become effective writers.     

The Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for on-campus students) and online tutoring (for distance learners).  Students are encouraged to schedule appointments by calling (641-784-5077), by visiting, or by emailing (
For additional information, student writers are invited to visit the Writing Center on My.Graceland.


"The only way to learn to write is to write."  Peggy Teeters