Writing Center Fall 2014 hours

The Writing Center (Al Harris Library, B3) will open for the fall semester on Tuesday, September 2, and we will close on Wednesday, December 10. We will also be closed during Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks.

Fall 2014 Hours

  • Monday: 2:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-noon; 6-9pm
  • Wednesday: 2-8:30pm
  • Thursday: 10am-noon; 6-9pm
  • Friday:  8:30-11:30am; 2-5pm

To schedule an appointment, please email us at writingcenter@swosu.edu or call us at (580) 774-7083.

The International Conversation Hour will take place in CAM 107 every Thursday from 4-5pm starting September 4.

Dr. Denise Landrum-Geyer, the Writing Center Coordinator, will hold office hours in the center on Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:45pm and Thursdays from 2:30-4pm.


These hours are subject to change depending on consultants’ schedules as the semester progresses.


Be sure to like us on Facebook (S.W.O.S.U. Writing Center) and follow us on Twitter (@swosuwrites).

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Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 9-9-14

  • Read Chapters 3-4 “The Tutoring Process” & “Examining Expectations” in Peer Tutoring (25-59).
  • Read Chapter 4, “Planning and Drafting Your Project” (16-27) in Writing Matters.
  • Reading response: Write a response to the readings (300-400 words total). Upload to the class Canvas site.
  • Complete an additional 2-3 pages of brainstorming (typed or handwritten) using some of the elements from the “Case Study of Yourself as a Writer” prompt. For this brainstorming, I’d like you to use the “Cubing” method, which I will explain below (you can also read more about the cubing method here). The Cubing Method of brainstorming asks you to examine a topic from 6 different angles, using the following prompts (you might not have much to say in response to some of these perspectives, but you can try):
  1. Describe it – How would you describe this topic, challenge or issue, including characteristics, definitions and parameters?
  2. Compare it – What is it similar to? Different from?
  3. Associate it – How does the topic connect to other issues you’ve dealt with before? Does it make you think of anything you’ve worked on in the past?
  4. Analyze it – What smaller parts make up the whole? Is it possible to break down the issue?
  5. Apply it – How is it used? Who uses it?
  6. Argue for or against it – Why should we use it? What can we do with it?

Here are the prompts from the case study assignment that you have to work with:

  1. Physical. Where do you write? When? How fast or slow? What are the effects of using pen, pencil, typewriter, or word processor? How do you hold and move your body? Tell everything that could be figured out from a complete video recording of your writing from start to finish.
  2. Process. Can you isolate specific ingredients in your writing process: that is, generating words and responses, copy editing, publishing? Non-writing counts too: sitting and thinking, talking to people. Which of these give you the most trouble? Least? The most satisfaction? Least? Why?

Try using the cubing method for at least one of these two sets of questions. You can choose to use freewriting or some other brainstorming technique if you so choose for the other set of questions. Be prepared to share and get feedback.

Suggested Reading: Finish reading/skimming Chapter 35, “Understanding Grammar” (327-334) and Chapter 39, “Maintaining Agreement” (346-357) in Writing Matters. I will address some of these concerns next class, so it will help you if you at least skim this section.

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Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 9-2-14

  1. Read Chapter 1, “Why We Tutor,” & Chapter 2 “The Writing Process” in Peer Tutoring (1-24).
  2. Read Chapters 1-3, “Writing Today,” “The Writer’s Responsibilities,” & “Reading Critically” in Writing Matters (1-15).
  3. Reading response: Note you have several readings, but only one response due.  Compose a response reflecting on the readings, approximately 300 words, showing thoughtful reading of each the assigned selections.  You may choose to write more about a particular selection than you do about others, but your response should indicate that you did do all of the assigned reading.  You will upload your response to the appropriate discussion board thread on the class Canvas site, but you should be prepared to share your response in class, too.
  4. Complete 3-4 pages of freewriting (handwritten or typed) using prompts from the “Case Study of Yourself as a Writer” assignment page. Scroll down to the “Questions to Consider” part of the prompt, and focus on the questions under the “Moments,” “Stages,” and “Kinds” sections. You can choose to focus on one or two questions that appeal to you, or write in response to as many of the questions as possible. You will not be turning these in, but we will use them in class, so be prepared for sharing and feedback.

Suggested Reading: Read/skim part of  Chapter 36, “Understanding Grammar” in Writing Matters (319-326; stop at section i:“Subjects”). I will address some of these concerns next class, so it will help you if you at least skim this section.

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Welcome (Fall 2014)

Welcome to the SWOSU Writing Center blog! For those of you enrolled in ENGL 4013: Seminar in Peer Tutoring, you can find links to course information above.

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Peer Tutoring: Dr. LG’s schedule for finals

Spring 2014

Thursday, May 1

  • 10am-12pm: office hours in CAM 224C

Friday, May 2

  • ENGL 1213 final reflective memos uploaded to Canvas by 11:59pm.

Sunday, May 4

  • ENGL 4013 tutoring reflection drafts uploaded to Canvas by 11:59pm.

Monday, May 5

  • 10:30am-12:30pm: In office (CAM 224C) to touch base with ENGL 3653 & ENGL 4013 folks who need to drop things off.
  • ENGL 3653 resume and cover letter drafts uploaded to Canvas by 11:59pm.

Tuesday, May 6

  • 9-10:30am: office hours in CAM 224C
  • 10:30am-12:20pm: ENGL 1213.1922 final meeting in CAM 205 (optional group share of work for extra credit)
  • 12:30-2:20pm: ENGL 1213.1925 final meeting in CAM 206 (optional group share of work for extra credit)

Wednesday, May 7

  • 10am-1pm: office hours in CAM 224C

Thursday, May 8: Grades due on Campus Connect by 5pm

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Peer Tutoring: end-of-semester odds and ends

We are almost to the end of the semester. I just wanted to send out some end-of-course reminders and a schedule of what’s left for you to do, which I’ll also post on the class blog (this information is also on the syllabus/course schedule you received at the beginning of the semester):


Sunday, April 27: “In the Center” projects drafts and memos should be uploaded by 11:59pm to Canvas. If you cannot upload your project, bring it with you to the final class meeting on Monday, April 28 (information about the project can be found here: http://swosuwrites.wordpress.com/peer-tutoring-seminar/gradingexpectations/final-project/).

Monday, April 28: the FINAL MEETING of the semester in CAM 106. There will be food (pizza, probably), you will fill out class evaluations, and we will de-brief on your experiences this semester and make sure you know what you have left to do. This whole thing should take 45 minutes to an hour at most. After that, you will have the opportunity to go over to the writing center to get any last tutoring in as needed.

Wednesday, April 30: The writing center closes for the semester at 9pm, so you want to get as many hours in before that time as possible.

Monday, May 5: Tutoring reflection drafts due uploaded to Canvas by 11:59pm (3-4 page paper or analogous multimedia project; details here: http://swosuwrites.wordpress.com/peer-tutoring-seminar/gradingexpectations/tutoring-reflection/); I will be in my office from 10:30am-12:30pm on Monday for you to drop off tutoring hours sheets (CAM 224C).  If you cannot come to my office at that time, put the sheets in my mailbox in CAM 202 (the Language & Literature library).

Wednesday, May 7: I will be in my office (CAM 224-C) from 10am-1pm in case you need to turn in anything else; you have until 5pm on this day to turn in any missing work (such as reading responses on Canvas).


I will also post my finals schedule on the class blog next week. As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns (denise.landrumgeyer@swosu.edu).

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Peer Tutoring: For Monday, 4-28-14

  • Get your tutoring hours in as soon as possible: the writing center closes on Wednesday, April 30, so you need to get the work in before then.
  • Work on your “In the Center” project as needed to turn in by 11:59pm on SUNDAY, 4-27-14 to Canvas.
  • Make sure you understand the tutoring reflection paper guidelines: read assignment prompt on blog & start brainstorming.
  • Wrap up any lingering work as needed (reading responses, for example).

We will meet in our CAM 106 classroom next Monday to complete evaluations, reflect on the class, and eat. You will have the opportunity to go over to the writing center and tutor after we finish (probably after 2:45 or so).

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