Our Mission:

The Mississippi State University Writing Center dedicates itself to helping all MSU students develop as writers and critical thinkers. Thus, the mission of Mississippi State's Writing Center is simple: our goal is to support the writing that is happening on campus. We do that by being available online and in person to writers who want to think about, talk about, and work on their writing and the ideas that they want that writing to communicate. We also offer support for writers by offering seminars and workshops in classes and through The Learning Center.

Our People:

The Mississippi State University Writing Center is staffed by a network of writing consultants that includes undergraduate and graduate students trained in writing center theory, practice, and research as well as faculty from our writing program. Rather than tutors, we think of ourselves as writing collaborators, meaning we spend time working with writers who are working on their writing. You might also think of us as writing coaches or writing mentors or peer reviewers or audience-testers. Regardless, writers should be prepared to talk about and work on their writing when they stop into one of our locations or join us online.

What We Do at The Writing Center:

We offer 30- and 60-minute consultations as well as walk-in appointments, free of charge, to all MSU writers. We are prepared to work with writers on a variety of genres (including assignments for class as well as professional documents and materials, like resumes, cover letters, scholarship essays, and CVs), and we are also prepared to work with writers during any stage of their writing processes (to brainstorm, develop, revise, and edit). We spend the most time working with writers to develop and support ideas in response to particular rhetorical situations (like a class assignment or responding to a job ad), to summarize and synthesize research findings, to discover and better understand the conventions of writing within their disciplines or fields (including understanding style guides), and to address audiences appropriately. Again, it is a good idea to think of us as a place to work on writing, rather than as a finishing service. Writers should plan to spend time continuing drafting and revising after a Writing Center visit. The Writing Center doesn’t edit writing; however, writers can work with a tutor to become better self-editors—writers who are aware of the kinds of mistakes they often make in their writing, how those mistakes impact readers, how to identify those mistakes, and different options for revision.

Director | Dr. Rich Raymond | rraymond@english.msstate.edu
Associate Director | Dr. Stacy Kastner | smk318@msstate.edu | (662) 325-2998
Co-Assistant Director | Kayleigh Few | kls465@msstate.edu
Co-Assistant Director | Kiley Forsythe | kbs125@msstate.edu

Email Us: writingcenter@msstate.edu

Call Us: (662) 325-1045

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Fall 2015 Locations and Hours:

94 President's Circle
(appointments; limited walk-ins)
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mitchell Memorial Library
(appointments; walk-ins)
Sunday-Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

(appointments; walk-ins)
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sunday-Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Operated as a service to all Mississippi State students by the Department of English with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the QEP's Maroon and Write program.

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