Departments and Offices

The Writing Center

Who: The staff in the Writing Center is composed of part-time Liberal Arts instructors who have experience with all types of writing.  Marla Jarmer is the director.

What: The Writing Center is a place where students can get help with all kinds of writing tasks. It has two separate areas. In one area, there are four computers that students can use for word processing and self-guided grammar/usage review. In the other area, students can work one-on-one with an instructor. That room also has a large rack full of handouts for students.

When: The Writing Center opens the second week of each spring and fall semester and remains open until final exams begin. The hours are usually 9:00-3:00, Monday and Wednesday, and 9:00-4:00 Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-12:00 on Friday. If DACC classes are cancelled, then the Writers Room will be closed. It is also closed during any school holidays and vacations where students are not required to attend classes.

Where: The Writing Center is located on the first floor of Clock Tower, 108 for the lab and 116 for the office.

How: If students want to see an instructor for one-on-one help, it is best to make an appointment in order to guarantee thirty minutes with the instructor. Appointments can be made by coming to Clock Tower 116 or by calling 443-8877 between 9:00 and 2:30.

 Fall 2013

9a-3p (Marla Jarmer)

9a-1p (Nathan Donaldson)
2p-3p (Peyton York)
3p-6p (Jason Brown)

9a-1p (Nathan Donaldson) 1p-3p (Marla Jarmer)

9a-1p (Nathan Donaldson)
1p-2p (Marla Jarmer)
2p-3p (Peyton York)

9a-12p (Phillip Langley)

     Students can also get help without an appointment if the instructor is not busy. No appointment is needed to use the computers, to take make-up tests, to work on the self-guided grammar review, or to pick up handouts.  Classroom instructors receive record sheets, indicating what their students have done in the Writing Center. One-on-one sessions: The sessions can cover any number of topics. A student may tell the instructor  what he or she needs to work on. Many students make return visits to get additional help on one or more  papers. The goal is for students to become better, more confident writers. The staff can help with the following, for example:

  • Developing a thesis statement
  • Organizing and supporting main ideas
  • Locating and correcting surface errors
  • Correcting major errors, such as fragments, run-ons, agreement, or verb tense
  • Documenting a research paper in either APA or MLA style

Other special kinds of help are offered:
Writing Center Blog:

Handouts: Students can pick up handouts about many writing related topics, such as using research material, paraphrasing, summarizing, outlining, proofreading, taking essay exams, and using commas correctly. Sometimes, students receive handouts related to material being covered in a one-on-one session.
Make-up tests and quizzes: Students may come to complete make-up tests, quizzes, or in-class writing assignments that have been left in the Writing Center by classroom instructors. No appointment is necessary to complete make-up work.
Documentation workshop: Once or twice a semester, Jane Creason offers a one-hour workshop to help students document a research paper. Students receive handouts about MLA and/or APA style. They learn the basics about using research material in a paper. Many who attend the workshop come in later for more one-on-one help as they work on the paper. The date and time for each workshop is listed on bulletin boards around the campus and publicized in the PBR and the student paper. The workshops are usually in March and October in Clock Tower.
Self-guided grammar and usage review: The Writing Center’s newest program, which is being funded by Tech Prep, offers students several ways to review grammar and to reduce writing errors. First, a student needs to make one appointment with a Writing Center instructor to learn how to use the program that he or she has chosen. After that, the student can work independently anytime during Writing Center’s hours. One method uses Blue Pencil, which is on the computers in 205. Another, English 3200 offers a very comprehensive coverage of grammar and usage, using a book, paper, and pen. A third method is on-line, using grammar material connected to the Rhetoric I text.



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