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The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where students enrolled in all academic programs can work, TOGETHER with trained tutors, on improving both general writing skills and specific writing assignments. 

Supported by writing 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). 

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

Please visit the Writing Center on the lower level of the Frederick Madison Smith Library (Rooms 18-19).       


The Writing Center will be closed for the holiday break
(from Thursday, 7 December 2017, through
Monday, 8 January 2018).   
For the Fall Semester 2017, please visit the Writing Center at the following times:
Weekdays (Monday-Friday):  9:00 - 5:00
(closed:  Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-2:00)
(Appointment Required)
Weekends (Saturday-Sunday):  1:00 - 3:30
(No Appointment Required)
Please schedule one or two (consecutive) 30-minute sessions working TOGETHER with a writing tutor.

For the Fall Semester 2017, please choose one of four ways to make an appointment to work TOGETHER at the Writing Center:

Call:     641-784-5077
Visit:    FMS Library (Rooms 18 and 19)
At the Writing Center, you can get help working on general writing skills or specific writing assignments (eg, a specific paper, assignment, or project). 
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 given by your teacher
Draft(s) of the paper written by you
Supplies of enthusiasm and effort!  
Thank you for your interest in the Writing Center.
We look forward to working TOGETHER.  
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                                                       

FALL 2017


For On-Campus Students:



1:00 - 3:30:  No Appointment Required

Saturdays and Sundays



(1:00-1:45):  By appointment



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Introductory Paragraphs

Concluding Paragraphs


For Distance Learners:


Although the Writing Center doesn't "proof" or "edit" student papers, we would be glad to help you with general writing skills or specific class assignments.

Please complete the Pre-Appointment Form for Distance Learners (AVAILABLE IN HANDOUTS).  Send that form, together with copies of your materials--eg, rubrics, instructions, papers (saved in Word and sent as email attachments)--to

Please make sure that you read the section on the Pre-Appointment Form called A FEW WORDS ABOUT POLICIES.   Although the Writing Center doesn't "proof" or "edit" student papers, we would be glad to help you with general writing skills or specific writing assignments.

Also, please remember the following:

(1) that the Writing Center often needs 1-2 hours to review 3-4 pages (so please plan to submit your work in stages) and

(2) that  the Writing Center typically needs your work at least 3-4 days before the appointment/due date.


We look forward to working TOGETHER with you via email and/or telephone conference. 


For Teachers:



Please contact us one week in advance if you would like a writing tutor to work TOGETHER with a group of students on a class assignment.



Please send us your class rosters if you would like us to send individual welcome e-letters to all of your students.