The Writing Center Philosophy
The Writing Center is a friendly place where students may receive help with their writing and know they will be treated with respect and kindness in a non-threatening atmosphere. Students can work on what—for many of them—is a difficult, mysterious, and stressful task. We try to demystify the writing process, working with each individual writer who seeks our help to find a way of proceeding that works best for him or her.
Though we work to ensure that all clients leave the Writing Center with a clear idea of what they need to do to improve their paper, we do not feel that this is enough. We are passionately dedicated to the goal of helping our clients become more self-sufficient writers. We want them on their own to put into practice the skills and techniques that they learn in sessions with our writing assistants. No writer is ever entirely self-sufficient -- even the best and most professional writers seek input and advice from others -- but what the best writers do have is the learned ability to serve as their own readers and editors, to question their purpose for writing and their effectiveness in communicating information and ideas. We are always working on ways to help students achieve this sort of independence; to this end, we urge students to make multiple appointments for every writing project and to come to The Writing Center with every writing assignment they receive. Moreover, we try always to be learning ourselves, from our clients, from each other, from faculty across the disciplines, from writers and researchers in the field, and from our own experiences as writers.
The Writing Center is located in the Student Success Center in the L.C. Norton Library
To make an appointment, call 318.487.7160, or go to the Writing Center and sign up in the schedule binder.
Walk-ins are welcome if appointments are available.
Dr. Julie Driessen, Associate Professor of English & French
Director of the Writing Center
Division of Language and Literature
What We Do
The Writing Center is a free academic support service sponsored through the Humanities Division that allows students to work one-on-one with trained assistants on any aspect of their writing project. Most of our clients are students who are working on class assignments. We generally help students:
- grasp the assignment and what it requires of them
- understand how their own writing is and isn‘t working
- learn strategies for writing tasks (how to brainstorm, organize, etc.
- practice the art of revision in both re-seeing and rewriting
Our approach to assisting, then, is first and last to ask questions and help student writers to discover their own purpose for writing and means by which this purpose can be best achieved. In the best case, this process becomes a habit of mind which students subsequently practice on their own. We aim at rendering ourselves unnecessary to the student in the future when he or she acquires the habits of being able to think through a topic, organize ideas, anticipate and counter objections or questions, illustrate by data or example, check and repair sentences and so on. To that end, we strongly urge students to make multiple appointments for each writing assignment they bring to us. A single visit is of much less value in the long term than multiple visits.
If there exists a misconception about The Writing Center, it is that it functions primarily a proofreading service, that we provide a sort of one-hour martinizing to "clean up" student papers. That is not what we do. Everything we do is aimed at empowering the student writer to write effectively without our intervention, and proofreading students‘ papers for them would be counter to this aim. In view of our limited time and resources, we try to concentrate efforts where they will do the most long-term good. For example, we would ask, “How can you make this paragraph more coherent or persuasive?” as opposed to “Which pronoun case is used before a gerund?” This does not mean that we do not address grammar and punctuation problems, because we do. We work with students to help them recognize and correct their errors and patterns of error as well as introducing them to useful proofreading techniques.
Writing Center (In-Person)
(located in the Student Success Center in the L. C. Norton Library)
Mondays: 4-8 pm
Tuesdays: 8-9 am & 4-8 pm
Wednesdays: 4-8 pm
Thursdays: 8-9 am
To make an appointment,
call (318) 487-7160, or
go to the Writing Center to sign up in the schedule binder.
Walk-ins are welcome, if appointments are available.
Writing Center (Online)
(No appointment needed, Available to All LC Students)
For online writing assistance, go to the chat room at
T 1-3 & 5-8
TH 4-6 & 7-8
Meet the Writing Center Assistants
I’m Jada Ford, and I am a sophomore English and English Education double major. This is my second semester in The Writing Center. I am an active member of Sigma Tau Delta, the debate team, and the Louisiana College Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. I am the sophomore president in the Student Government Association. I also work as a pool attendant at a hotel. I love reading, writing creativity, and drinking coffee. I’m excited to work with you on your writing this semester!
Hi! I’m Joy Nettles, and I am a junior English Education major here at Louisiana College. This is my fourth semester in the Writing Center, and I am happy to help in any way I can. While I might not be involved in many extracurricular activities, my top priority is to gain as much experience as I can so that I can be one of the best English teachers. My main goal is for you to come into the Writing Center and leave feeling confident about what you are planning to write or already have written. I hope that you all feel encouraged to reach out to us at any time. All of the Writing Assistants are fully capable and ready to help!
Hey! I’m Eden Sliman, and I am a sophomore English major with a Spanish minor. I have served as a Welcome Week leader, am part of the Honors Program, and participate in Chorale. However, this is my first semester in the Writing Center, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this program! I look forward to furthering my own writing skills as I help those who utilize the Writing Center, and I am thankful for the opportunity to help people in a field in which I am passionate. I am here to help in any way I can. I am excited to work with all of you!