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. These peer tutors are experienced readers and writers specifically trained to assist students of all levels and abilities with their writing.      

The Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for students on the Lamoni campus) and online tutoring (for any distance, Graceland University  students).

 
MEET THE GU STUDENT WRITING TUTORS:
 
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: Trevor Rogers
 
Hometown: Riverton, Illinois
 
Major (s): Communication
 
Activities outside of the Writing Center:  Sports fan
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers” by Isaac Asimov
 
Name: Kassidy Topliff
 
Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
 
Major (s): Nursing
 
Activities outside of the Writing Center: Graceland Softball
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "You can make anything by writing." by C.S. Lewis.
 
 
Name: Tabitha Watson
 
Hometown: Sugar Creek, Missouri
 
Major(s): Business Administration with minors in Accounting and Ag Business
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Gadets
 
Favorite Quote about Writing: "We write to test life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." by Anais Nin.
 
 
Name: Georgia Seagraves
 
Hometown: Sacramento, California
 
Major(s): Hispanic Studies and International Studies
 
Career Goals: High School Spanish Teacher
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Student Pastor, Theater, Chaplain, Music Enthusiast.
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences." by Sylvia Plath.
 
 
Name: Abby Dodd
 
Hometown: St Louis, Missouri
 
Major(s): Criminal Justice and English, minor in Philosophy
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: symphonic band, history club officer. 
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it's that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through -- originality." by Jack Kerouac. 
 
 
Name: Kamryn Leavitt
 
Hometown: Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 
 
Major(s): Elementary Education  
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Rugby, reading, Hiking, Thrifting. 
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you waited for perfection, I would never write a word." by Margaret Atwood. 
 
 
Name: Molly Sharp 
 
Hometown: Locust Glove, 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. 
 
 
Name: Jordan Denny
 
Hometown: Folsom, California
 
Major(s): Criminal Justice
 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Wrestling, House Council, COSA Representative
 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal -- you have a wish." by Steve Maraboli.
 
 
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, Hiking/Backpacking, Watching the Kansas City Chiefs, and Hanging out with my wife, family, and friends. 

 

Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all else: read a lot and write a lot." by Stephen King.