Writing Center

The writing center works with writers at all skill levels during any stage of the writing process. 

Location: Student Success Center, Classroom Building 109 (Next to Moodle)

Phone: 701-788-5240

E-mail: erin.kunz@mayvillestate.edu

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Writing Center Mission

Reading and writing are inextricably linked to the learning process. Every subject uses both reading and writing as a way of accessing and distributing knowledge. The writing center helps students work through ideas, access their knowledge stores, and effectively put their ideas on paper. We take a rhetorical approach to the writing process, meaning that we will help you meet your specific goal for your particular audience, often in the context of an academic course. The writing center is useful for every writer, at every level, and in any discipline. 

The Writing Center Offers:

  •  Writing consultants with diverse academic backgrounds.
  •  One-on-one sessions focused on brainstorming, clarifying ideas, developing drafts, revising, editing, and documentation.
  •  Thirty minute appointments that are free of charge to students, staff, and faculty.
  •  Feedback forms to send to instructors that communicate work done at the writing center.
  •  Opportunities for instructors to include the center as part of their writing assignments.

Writing Center Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

             6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Tuesday: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

             6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Wednesday10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

             6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Thursday: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

             6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Friday: 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Summer Semester 

The Writing Center is available by appointment through the summer session. The following consultants  can be reached via e-mail for appointments:

Betty Hurst, betty.hurst@mayvillestate.edu

Brady Eichelberger, brady.eichelberger@mayvillestate.edu

Sarah Gandari, sarah.gandari@mayvillestate.edu

If you have additional questions, please contact Erin Kunz at 701-788-5240 or erin.kunz@mayvillestate.edu.

Making An Appointment

Writing assistance is available in 30-minute blocks. Writers may utilize the writing center an unlimited amount of times throughout the academic year.

The writing center has set hours when consultants are available to writers.  You can schedule an appointment by signing up in our scheduler at the writing center, calling the center at 701-788-5240, or e-mailing the writing center director at erin.kunz@mayvillestate.edu.  Walk-in appointments are available, but we recommend making appointments ahead of time to ensure that a consultant is available. To cancel an appointment, simply e-mail your assigned consultant and let them know or erase your name from the scheduler.

Distance Students

Distance students are also welcome to use the writing center!  To make an appointment, e-mail the writing center director at erin.kunz@mayvillestate.edu.  We will fit you into a 30-minute time slot with a consultant in the same way that we do for on-site appointments, but we will complete the appointment asynchronously through e-mail.  Please make sure to e-mail the consultant your paper and assignment before the appointment time so everything is on schedule.  To cancel an online appointment, simply e-mail your assigned consultant and let them know.

When You Arrive At Your Appointment

Please bring your assignment rubric and class materials. For example, if you are writing a paper for an English course, please bring the assignment prompt, course text, and most recent draft with you. Paper copies of drafts are strongly preferred so we can make notes during the session. When you begin the appointment, the consultant will ask for more information about the assignment in order to see where you are in the writing process. The consultant will read your work and discuss your writing with you. Feel free to ask questions and take ownership of your work! A writing center appointment should be a conversation, not a one-sided lecture. After your appointment, you will have the option to make another appointment and/or send your instructor a feedback form.

If you are unable to make your appointment, please notify your consultant ahead of time so we can open up that timeslot to other writers. 

More Writing Resources:

From OWL at Purdue

Formatting Guides:

MLA Style

APA Style

Chicago Manual of Style

Proofreading Strategies:

Grammar

Mechanics

Beginning Proofreading

Proofreading for Errors

Common Writing Errors

Common_Errors_Sheet.pdf

The writing center has trained staff who work with you individually on your writing projects. Writing consultants have diverse educational backgrounds and specialize in looking at writing from various disciplines. 

 

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Hi—my name is Betty Hurst! I grew up devoted to learning words and reading stories, so it wasn’t long before I developed a passion for writing.  I am currently majoring in English and History Education because I love words and learning the stories of the past. I love reading, writing, golfing, fishing, and discussing the impending zombie apocalypse.

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My name is Brady Eichelberger, and I am sophomore pursuing a major in English Education. I’m also pursuing a minor in communications and coaching. My plan is to teach high-school level English, focusing on grammar and literature. I plan to possibly coach on the side as well.
 

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Hi, my name is Chrystal Nelson! I am double majoring in English and History Education. I am currently a writing consultant at the Mayville State University Writing Center. I enjoy vocabulary and learning new words. I am also a certified Baking and Pastry Chef—yes, I love to bake!

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My name is Shelby Mullivan, and I am pursuing a degree in English Education. I hope to pursue a career in teaching overseas, maybe even join the Peace Corps. I have an interest and passion in reading and helping people.

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Hi, my name is Sarah Gandari and I am a junior international student here at MSU. My major is Social Science and I am minoring in Psychology. One interesting fact about me is I can speak four languages.

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Hello! I am Tori Thoreson, and I'm currently a sophomore at Mayville State University. As of right now, I am undecided on my major, but I keep waffling between biology and medical laboratory science. My places of employment are the MSU Writing Center and Luther Memorial Home. While I'm not studying, working, or sleeping, you may find me working out or in cheerleading practice. 

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My name is Leigh Dean, an international student from Australia and writing consultant at Mayville State University. At Mayville I am majoring in Communications with a minor in Business Administration. In the future I hope to combine my love of sport and passion for writing to become a sports journalist. 

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My name is Erin Kunz, Director of the Writing Center and Instructor of English. I received my BA and MA in English from UND, and I am currently working on my PhD in Educational Foundations and Research. In my free time, I like to read and write (go figure), play tennis and pickleball, catch up on Breaking Bad episodes on Netflix, and play with my adorable puppy, Sydney.