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Building Better Writers

SDSU's Writing Center has launched to help students strengthen their academic writing.
The Writing Center at SDSU is a free resource open to SDSU faculty, staff and students.
The Writing Center at SDSU is a free resource open to SDSU faculty, staff and students.

San Diego State University's new Writing Center recently opened on the ground floor of the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building.

The center was established thanks to SDSU's Strategic Plan and its emphasis on student success.

“We are excited to get the new Writing Center underway this semester," said Suzanne Bordelon, the center’s interim director. "It will contribute significantly to student success and become a vital resource for students.”

In addition to Bordelon, Assistant Directors Beth Sherman, Michael Underwood and Julie Williams administer the Writing Center. All are faculty members within the Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies.

“The new Writing Center will enhance both learning and teaching in a wide variety of disciplines at SDSU," said Glen McClish, chair of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, who has been involved in establishing the center.

"In my fourteen years on this campus, there has been a lot of discussion about establishing a writing center, so it's very exciting to see the facility finally in place.”

Fostering success

Students can make appointments for 20-minute sessions and work one-on-one with tutors who specialize in writing.

“We’re happy that so many students have found us already,” Bordelon said. “Tutors are working with students on many different kinds of writing assignments.” 

The center is a free resource open to SDSU faculty, staff and students. It is designed not necessarily to edit or “fix” students’ papers, but to help students improve their writing within specific disciplinary contexts and to help faculty develop meaningful, effective writing assignments.

Tutors are primarily SDSU graduate students.

Writing Center resources

The center uses software to collect data about who is taking advantage of the services and how many students are coming to the center. The software automatically sends end-comment feedback to students at the conclusion of their tutoring sessions.

The Writing Center will also support faculty conducting research related to writing and the writing process.  Bordelon explained that using and promoting the Writing Center as a site of research is an integral part of its mission.

More information

The Writing Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and tutoring appointments can be made on the Writing Center webpage.

For more information, contact Bordelon via email.

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