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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).       


For the Fall Semester 2016, please visit the Writing Center at the following times:
Weekdays (Monday-Friday): 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Appointment Required)
Weekends (Saturday-Sunday): 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(No Appointment Required)
Please schedule one or two (consecutive) 30-minute sessions working TOGETHER with a writing tutor.

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 one or two 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                                                       


(1:00 - 3:00):  No appointment needed

Saturdays and Sundays



(1:00-1:45):  By appointment


23 September:  Sentences/Non-Sentences

30 September:  Sentences/Non-Sentences

7 October:  Sentences/Non-Sentences

14 October:  Sentence Variety

21 October:  Sentence Variety

28 October:  Sentence Variety



By appointment


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.


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 (New York) includes 40 pages of scenarios and reflective questions. 

APA and MLA assistance
APA Template (.doc, 27K)
CBASE PowerPoint (.ppt, 346K)
This PowerPoint presentation focuses on 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.