Writing Center Mission
The Writing Center complements and extends the writing instruction cadets receive in the classroom by providing help with a full range of activities to improve their writing, at any level and in any discipline.
Professional tutors work with cadets in one-on-one conferences on every aspect of the writing process, from planning a paper to polishing the final draft.
Tutors assist with a wide variety of writing projects:
- essays and research papers;
- summaries and abstracts;
- case studies and lab reports;
- presentations and speeches;
- letters of application and resumes;
- honors theses and scholarship or graduate school applications;
- creative writing or personal writing projects.
Each semester, the Writing Center offers focused workshops on topics such as how to write effective introductions; tips for organizing papers; and techniques for better proofreading.
The purpose of the Writing Center is to provide non-evaluative assistance for cadets who wish to become more confident, flexible, skillful writers. In accordance with the VMI Honor Code, the Institute's Work-for-Grade Policy, and the ethics of tutorial practice, the writing projects with which cadets receive assistance reflect their own work.
Therefore, tutors do not supply new ideas or phrasing, nor do they correct errors in the text. Instead, they help cadets develop the strategies and skills they need to improve their texts.
Tutors model a range of writing behaviors, from brainstorming activities that lead writers to discover viable topics to sentence-combining strategies that enable cadets to express their ideas in more complex but clear prose.
Tutors also offer support to faculty members across Post through the Faculty Links program, especially those who teach writing-intensive courses. Professional tutors work one-on-one with instructors to assist them in designing effective writing assignments, strategies for responding to student writing, and in-class writing workshops.
Tutors are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis in 202 Carroll Hall.