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 to improve 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 all Graceland University campuses and students).

How to Get Help

Lamoni Campus Students:

1. The Writing Center is located in the FMS Library, in room 119 on the first floor. If you would like to secure an appointment spot for a specific time or with a specific tutor, you can schedule an appointment using our online scheduler. Please select the in-person appointment option displayed there and follow the listed instructions. 

2. You do not need an appointment to use the Writing Center in our location at the library room 119. If a tutor is available during our hours listed below, they will be happy to assist you. 

3. For your convenience, we also offer walk-in tutoring services in the Men's and Women's Residence Halls and Newcom Student Union during select times. Please refer to the schedule below for further details.

4. If you would like to meet online, then you will also need an appointment. You can get an appointment by using our online scheduler. These will often be held via Zoom, but depending on your preference and tutor availability, asynchronous appointments are also an option via comments on Microsoft Word (or a similar program). Please select the online appointment option displayed there and follow the listed instructions. 

 

Independence Campus, Distance Learning, and Graduate Students:

1. Students on the Independence campus can also set up an online appointment by using our online scheduler. These will also be held via Zoom, but depending on your preference and tutor availability, asynchronous appointments are also an option via comments on Microsoft Word (or a similar program). Please select the online appointment option displayed there and follow the listed instructions. 

2. If you are unable to find a time that works for you with the online scheduler, please email us at writingcenter@graceland.edu, and we will do our best to accommodate you with an asynchronous appointment within a timely manner. 

 

Where to Find Us

Lamoni Campus

Library, Room 119 Schedule 

Monday | 9am - 5pm

Tuesday | 9am - 5pm  

Wednesday | 9am - 1pm

Thursday | 9am - 5pm  

Friday | 9am - 5pm

Sunday | 5pm - 9pm

 

Online via Zoom or Asynchronous 

Monday - Friday | by appointment

 

NSU Schedule

TBD

 

Shaw Center Schedule 

TBD

 

Gunsolley/Graybill Schedule

TBD

 

Tess Morgan Schedule

TBD

 

Independence Campus

Distance, Online, and Graduate Students

Students on the Independence campus can also set up an online appointment by using our online scheduler. These will also be held via Zoom, but depending on your preference and tutor availability, asynchronous appointments are also an option via comments on Microsoft Word (or a similar program). Please select the online appointment option displayed there and follow the listed instructions. 

If you are unable to find a time that works for you with the online scheduler, please email us at writingcenter@graceland.edu, and we will do our best to accommodate you with an asynchronous appointment within a timely manner. 

 

 

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The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where all Graceland students can work together with trained tutors to improve 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 also students. These peer tutors are experienced readers and writers who are specifically trained to assist students of all levels and abilities with their writing. They love helping and collaborating with their peers!     

 
MEET THE GU STUDENT WRITING TUTORS:
 
 
Mya Lozoya
 
Hometown: Hemet, California
 
Major (s): Elementary Education and minor in English
 
Expertise: Formatting, Breaking Down a Rubric, Brainstorming, Grammar and Punctuation
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Res Life Desk Operations Manager, COSA Social Media Manager, Drumline  
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: “But when people say, Did you always want to be a writer?, I have to say no! I always was a writer.” Ursula Le Guin 
 
 
Joycelyn Dailey
 
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
 
Major (s): Interdisciplinary studies, focusing on English and art
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Shalom's house president, Enactus, women's volleyball, honors program, making art, hanging out with friends, reading/writing, cooking
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Writing is a bit like swimming. You learn writing by doing it and you learn swimming by doing it. Nobody learns how to swim by reading a book about swimming and nobody learns how to write by reading a book about writing. If you want to learn how to write, write a lot and you will get better at it." Robert Munsch
 
 
Sophia Lopez
 
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
 
Major (s): English and Business
 
Expertise: English and Business assignments
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: 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
 
 
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, OR
 
Major (s): Education, English
 
Expertise: Formatting, Creative Writing, Verbally Processing Ideas, Breaking Down a Rubric
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Theater, Crocheting, Binge Watching Crime Documentaries
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "We need to learn the rules to literature so that we know how to break them" - Pablo Picasso, rephrased by my high school English teacher 
 
 
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
 
 
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
 
 
Emily Shanmugam
 
Hometown: San Diego, CA
 
Major (s): Interdisciplinary Studies
 
Expertise: Structuring and revising drafts, expanding and clarifying ideas
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Band, choir, drumline, house council (Senate), honors program. Hobbies include playing piano/clarinet, reading, creative writing, organizing, and learning about animals 
 
Favorite Quote about Writing: "I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be stilled" - Sylvia Plath 
 
 
MEET THE GU WRITING CENTER DIRECTOR

 

Name: Dr. Jim Redmond

 

Hometown: Southfield, MI. 

 

Degrees:

BA, English, Western Michigan University, 2009

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Michigan, 2013

PhD, Poetry: Creative Writing, 2020, University of North Texas

 

Activities Outside of Writing Center: Poetry, Food, National Parks, Television and Movies, Knows too much about Pokémon.

 

Favorite Quote About Writing: "Sometimes truth must conform to music. Other times, music must conform to truth." – Richard Hugo

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Lamoni Campus

Library, Room 119 Schedule 

Monday | 9am - 5pm

Tuesday | 9am - 5pm  

Wednesday | 9am - 1pm

Thursday | 9am - 5pm  

Friday | 9am - 5pm

Sunday | 5pm - 9pm

 

Online via Zoom or Asynchronous 

Monday - Friday | by appointment

 

NSU Schedule

TBD

 

Shaw Center Schedule 

TBD

 

Gunsolley/Graybill Schedule

TBD

 

Tess Morgan Schedule

TBD

 

Independence Campus

Distance, Online, and Graduate Students

Students on the Independence campus can also set up an online appointment by using our online scheduler. These will also be held via Zoom, but depending on your preference and tutor availability, asynchronous appointments are also an option via comments on Microsoft Word (or a similar program). Please select the online appointment option displayed there and follow the instructions listed instructions. 

If you are unable to find a time that works for you with the online scheduler, please email us at writingcenter@graceland.edu, and we will do our best to accommodate you with an asynchronous appointment within a timely manner. 

 

 

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.   
 
We are also here to help with professional development. If you are a Graceland student and have a Cover Letter, CV, or other Job Materials that you'd like to work, please come see us!
 
We accept walk-in appointment at the FMS Library in room 119 when tutors are available. You can also make an appointment online to secure a time or tutor of your choice: online scheduler.
 
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.  
If you have any questions or comments about Writing Center, please contact us!
 
Dr. Jim Redmond 
Writing Center Director
641-784-5206
                                                                                                                 

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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