The Writing Center will host Write Nights Wednesday and April 23 from 6-10 p.m. in the Brown Library Core classroom.
The night of April 17 is targeted toward students in ENGL 112 while April 23 is intended for students in ENGL 107. However, any student is welcome.
Dr. Cole Bennett, director of the Writing Center, decided to start Write Nights after hearing about the success of evening workshops at other universities.
“The concept is simple: bring whatever you are working on, at whatever stage of the process, and join others who are working on the same assignment,” Bennett said.
The purpose of Write Night is to help students who are taking multiple sections of the same class with the same assignment.
“Our first-year composition sequence, ENGL 111 and 112, have similar essays all falling due on the same date,” Bennett said. “So an event like this provides a night for them to work together, eat snacks and ask questions of Writing Center tutors.”
Grace Hall, assistant director of the Writing Center and instructor of English, supervised and tutored students at the first Write Night.
“The atmosphere is relaxed and collaborative, with free snacks provided and a conducive work environment,” Hall said.
Twenty-five students attended the first Write Night on April 2.
“I’d love to see the room filled with students working on their assignments, busily churning out essays and getting help when needed,” Bennett said. “This is how most writing gets done – it’s a messy process of cranking out words, paragraphs and sentences, sometimes getting help from others.”
The remaining Write Nights will focus on the ENGL 112 research paper and the final ENGL 107 paper.
“Particularly with 112 students, Write Nights are great because you can get tutors to help you with citations and MLA formatting as you write, rather than after you’ve already tried and gotten frustrated,” Hall said.
For more information on Write Night or for assistance writing a paper, go to the Writing Center on the main floor of the library.