The Writing CenterThe Writing Center provides one-on-one in-depth writing coaching for students, faculty, and staff at the College of Coastal Georgia. During our coaching sessions, we work on developing writing skills by teaching writers about patterns of errors, expectations in writing styles, and what it means to be a writer at the college level.
At the Writing Center, we have three guiding principles, based on Writing Center theory and practice:
- Develop the writer, not just the paper.
- Stephen North, a famous writing center scholar, said that our job as writing center teachers is “to produce better writers, not better writing.” If the writer improves, the paper follows.
- Even the best athletes need coaches.
- The students who work at the writing center are called Coaches. We believe that “coach” and “coaching” are a good description for our role. Even the strongest Olympic athletes need coaches to provide perspective and an outside opinion.
- Knowledge is fundamentally social.
- We encourage an environment of active, collaborative learning that occurs outside the classroom. Our coaching sessions are not passive; writers are expected to participate in the co-construction of their learning.