The Writing Center will mark its 20th anniversary celebration during Homecoming week.
The celebration will take place on Saturday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Brown Library on the ground floor. At the event there will be desserts and a small ceremony performed by Dr. Robert Rhodes, the provost.
The Writing Center was established in 1999 by the Department of English in a small classroom in the Hardin Administration Building. Once the Writing Center took off, it was moved to the basement of the library until 2007. It now is located on the first floor of the library in the Learning Commons.
The Writing Center offers a wide variety of assistance to students including writing workshops, serving as a repository of writing material, providing individual feedback to students developing writing portfolios and offering computer resources for writing research.
“I have had faculty from a variety of disciplines tell me that their students’ writing has improved when they come in,” Dr. Cole Bennett, professor of language and literature and director of the Writing Center, said.
Off campus, the Writing Center has been engaged in community work. Bennett volunteers with FaithWorks, a local nonprofit, to help students with resumes and cover letters. Dr. Shelly Sanders, associate professor of language and literature, hosts The Community Writers’ Workshop where she gathers Abilenians on Saturday mornings to write memoirs and other nonfiction work.
“Over these past 20 years, my faculty colleagues from all disciplines across campus have supported the Writing Center,” Bennet said. “They have put their trust in our tutors to help their students carefully improve as writers.”