Writing Center

Mission

The Writing Center contributes to the academic, intellectual and creative climate of Bellarmine University by providing support for all writers of the campus community, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The writing coaches work with writers at any stage of the writing process and on an array of multi-modal forms of communication including presentations, speeches, and any genre of writing.

Philosophy

The Writing Center is dedicated to promoting and supporting the development of critical and reflective writers. Our pedagogies and practices are rooted in evidence-based research that supports the Bellarmine community as well as larger writing center communities. We are committed to supporting writers as they establish agency inside and outside of academic and professional spaces as thoughtful, critical writers and communicators. 

Diversity Statement

The Writing Center acknowledges the integral relationships between literacy education and the democratization of higher education. We are committed to increasing access to education for all students and the development and practice of anti-oppression pedagogies. We are committed to cultivating a broad-based recognition of the value of World Englishes in intellectual and public discourse. We ally with and advocate for writers from historically marginalized or oppressed groups and for writing that counters traditional accounts of “standard” academic English by extending conceptions of audience, purpose, and meaning.

Services

The services of the Writing Center include individual and small-group sessions, workshops on academic, creative and professional writing concerns, writing groups and writing retreats, and classroom visits upon request to introduce our resources or to provide a tailored, interactive presentation. The Writing Center is not a proofreading or an editing service. The goal of the Writing Center is to support writers in improving writing skills by teaching self-revising and self-editing/proofreading skills.

Visit our TutorTrac online schedule to book an appointment. To better support writers who are unable to attend face-to-face tutorials on campus, the Writing Center is now offering limited online sessions. All of our online appointments will be synchronous, which means that they happen in real-time using video and audio tools. No additional software is needed besides a webcam and mic. Contact Dr. Dominique Clayton at dclayton@bellarmine.edu or call 502.272.8489 to schedule an online appointment.

Location and Hours of Operation

The Writing Center is located on the B-Level of the library within the Student Success Center (SSC). The main location is in B-20 and the director’s office is located in B08-A.

During 2018-2019 academic year, the Writing Center will be open:

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - Noon
Sunday: 5 - 8 p.m.

Writers may schedule a 50 minute appointment in advance or drop-in for a shortened (20 minute) appointment.

Writing Center Policies

The Writing Center’s policies are designed to best support the writers who utilize our services. The Writing Center is a space for learning, therefore, our policies are designed to ensure that writers experience sessions that will help them gain skills that they can apply on their own for long-term writing and communication practices in accordance with the university’s academic integrity standards.

  • If you are 10 or more minutes late for your appointment, we may mark it as "missed" and give that time to another writer.
  • If you miss two appointments in a semester, you will be blocked from making appointments for the rest of the semester. You may cancel an appointment via TutorTrac 24 hours before your session. If you need to cancel on shorter notice, please call 502.272.8453.
  • During midterms and finals, we reserve the right to limit writers to one appointment per week to allow the maximum number of people to have appointments
  • All appointments must be made under your own name and email account. You may use only one email account. Users with more than one account, who make an appointment under another person's account, or who allow another person to make an appointment under their account may be restricted for the rest of the semester.
  • The writing you bring must be your own. Users who bring another writer's work may be asked to leave the tutoring session and their account may be restricted for the rest of the semester.
  • The Writing Center does not provide proofreading or editing services. While we are happy to address issues of grammar, syntax, style, etc., our aim is to help writers cultivate their own self-editing strategies.
  • In rare cases, exceptions to these policies (e.g., session length, number of sessions per week or day) may be waived by the Writing Center Director. Please contact Dr. Clayton at dclayton@bellarmine.edu if you would like to discuss your situation.

Contact

Dr. Dominique Clayton
Writing Center Director | Assistant Director of Academic Services
dclayton@bellarmine.edu
502.272.8453