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The Virginia Tech Writing Center is a free service for all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, at all levels. We also are happy to assist Language and Culture Institute students, VT alumni, and area high school students. We're located in Newman Library's second floor Learning Commons, just past the elevators.

We work with writing and reading assignments from any course in the University. We can also help you with writing projects that are not linked to classes.

While we try to accommodate walk-in sessions when possible, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment.

For other inquiries, email us at writingcenter@vt.edu or call us at (540) 231-5436.

Hours

Services for spring semester will resume Monday, January 23, 2017.

(Fall and spring semesters)
Sunday: 7 P.M.–10 P.M.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9 A.M.–10 P.M.
Thursday and Friday: 9 A.M.–5 P.M.

Faculty

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History and Mission

Mission

The Virginia Tech Writing Center aims to support all writers within our community and foster an environment in which students’ learning differences are respected and addressed. We employ a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate writing coaches working in multiple disciplines across campus. We strive to uphold VT’s global land-grant values of discovery, learning, and outreach. In doing so, we are committed to:

  • Supporting students in all stages of the writing process.
  • Encouraging and facilitating collaboration among students.
  • Celebrating language diversity and growth.
  • Promoting interdisciplinary understandings of thinking and writing.
  • Engaging in research-supported pedagogy and best practices.

We believe this view of writing, literacy, and research allows us to support our diverse VT community and challenges us to continually grow and shape our programs accordingly.

   

Diana George and Jennifer Lawrence Diana George and Jennifer Lawrence

History

Like many university writing centers across the nation, the VT Writing Center was created in the early 1970s to support all students with their writing. Over the past decade, our Writing Center has experienced exponential growth under the direction of the current director, Jennifer Lawrence, and Dr. Diana George, who served as the director from January 2005 until retiring in June 2016. Notably, in the spring of 2012, the Writing Center moved from Shanks Hall to its current home, the 2nd floor of Newman Library. The Writing Center continues to play a central role in support of VT’s mission by offering a place of interdisciplinary growth and cross-cultural collaboration, with a specialized focus in the art of written communication.

Writing Center Appointments Last Decade

Writing Center

We are located in the Learning Commons, 2nd floor Newman Library.

Who We are

Jennifer Lawrence, Director
Senior Instructor of English
jlwrnc@vt.edu

Katie Garahan, Graduate Assistant
Graduate Writing Support
kgarahan@vt.edu

Brooke Covington, Graduate Assistant
Outreach and Multilingual Services
brookec9@vt.edu

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