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).

Where to Find Us

 

Writing Center Hours

 

Writing Center Room 119 Hours

 

Monday 8-10 am, 11am-6 pm

Tuesday 8am-12pm, 2-5 pm 

Wednesday 8-10 am, 11am-6 pm

Thursday 8am-12pm, 2-5 pm 

Friday 8-10 am, 11 am-4 pm

 

Shaw Center Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11am-1pm

 

NSU Hours

Monday 7-9 pm

Tuesday 3:30-5:30 pm & 7-9 pm

Wednesday 7-9 pm

Thursday 3:30-5:30 pm & 7-9 pm 

Saturday 5-7 pm

Sunday 5-9 pm

 

Gunsolley/Graybill Lobby Hours

Tuesday 7-9 pm

Saturday 2-3:30 pm

Sunday 2-3:30 pm 

 

Tess Morgan Lobby Hours

Wednesday 9-10 pm

Thursday 7-10 pm 

 

 

Online via Zoom and by appointment.

 

 

Follow us on Instagram for more information at:

 

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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:
 
 
Mya Lozoya
 
Hometown: Hemet, California
 
Major (s): Elementary Education and English
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: I’m involved in a number of things here on campus, I’m Aponivi’s COSA rep, a section leader for the Graceland Drumline, and the manager for the soccer teams here on campus! I also work in the mailroom and in my free time, you can find me crocheting or decorating my extremely detailed planner! 
 
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
 
 
Claire Lambert
 
Hometown: Goreville, Illinois
 
Major (s): Studio Art
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Illustration
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "A word after a word after a word is power." Margaret Atwood
 
 
Naomi Long
 
Hometown: Jefferson, Iowa
 
Major (s): Music Education
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Outside of the writing center, I'm involved in a lot of things. I'm a part of Residence Life and GSG as the Council of House Presidents President. Honors Program, Outdoor Club, Chess Club, Theatre, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Drumline. Outside of academics, I love textile crafts (knitting, crochet, making clothes, visual art), and I enjoy baking in my free time.
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "You can't edit a blank page." Jodi Picoult 
 
 
Mackinna Lietdke
 
Hometown: Coal Valley, Illinois
 
Major (s): Psychology with a Minor in Chemistry
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Member of Paloma
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: “The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.” Hayao Miyazaki
 
 
Adelia Bristot Goes 
 
Hometown: Criciúma - Santa Catarina, Brazil
 
Major (s): Sports Management
 
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
 
 
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”
 
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: 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: 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.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Center Hours

 

Writing Center Room 119 Hours

 

Monday 8-10 am, 11am-6 pm

Tuesday 8am-12pm, 2-5 pm 

Wednesday 8-10 am, 11am-6 pm

Thursday 8am-12pm, 2-5 pm 

Friday 8-10 am, 11 am-4 pm

 

Shaw Center Hours (Look for the sign next to the tutor)

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11am-1pm

 

NSU Hours (Look for the sign next to the tutor)

Monday 7-9 pm

Tuesday 3:30-5:30 pm & 7-9 pm

Wednesday 7-9 pm

Thursday 3:30-5:30 pm & 7-9 pm 

Saturday 5-7 pm

Sunday 5-9 pm

 

Gunsolley/Graybill Lobby Hours (Look for the sign next to the tutor)

Tuesday 7-9 pm

Saturday 2-3:30 pm

Sunday 2-3:30 pm 

 

Tess Morgan Lobby Hours (Look for the sign next to the tutor)

Wednesday 9-10 pm

Thursday 7-10 pm 

 
Online via Zoom and by appointment. 
 
Hours Spring 2023
 
Lamoni Students: 

 

Writing Center Hours

 

Writing Center Room 119 Hours

 

Monday 8-10 am, 11am-6 pm

Tuesday 8am-12pm, 2-5 pm 

Wednesday 8-10 am, 11am-6 pm

Thursday 8am-12pm, 2-5 pm 

Friday 8-10 am, 11 am-4 pm

 

Shaw Center Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11am-1pm

 

NSU Hours

Monday 7-9 pm

Tuesday 3:30-5:30 pm & 7-9 pm

Wednesday 7-9 pm

Thursday 3:30-5:30 pm & 7-9 pm 

Saturday 5-7 pm

Sunday 5-9 pm

 

Gunsolley/Graybill Lobby Hours

Tuesday 7-9 pm

Saturday 2-3:30 pm

Sunday 2-3:30 pm 

 

Tess Morgan Lobby Hours

Wednesday 9-10 pm

Thursday 7-10 pm 

 

 

Distance, Online, and Graduate Students: Please email writingcenter@graceland.edu for an appointment and it will be set up via Zoom or asynchronously. 

 

Off Schedule Hours: The Writing Center has "Off schedule hours." If our regular hours do not work for you, please email the Director, Dr. Roger Powell, at the above email address, 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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