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Location: The Learning Center, Seton Center (SET 156)
Phone Number: 513-244-4202

Hours of Operation:
Appointment times available throughout the week during the regular academic year, including evening hours. 
Summer sessions by appointment only. Please contact Dr. Karl Zuelke to schedule (

Online Consultations for MSJ Off-site or Online Students:
  Please contact Dr. Karl Zuelke to schedule (
Here in the Writing Center, we focus on the process of writing rather than the product. To be sure, they depend on one another, but we are here to help nurture and guide writers through the intricacies and frustrations of this complex activity. We can provide individual consultation with students (and faculty and staff), no matter what stage of the writing process they may be in, and we are enthusiastically prepared to tackle any level of bewilderment! Bring speeches, cover letters, stories and poems, academic papers, personal essays, or any other kind of text you might need to produce. Expect close, individualized feedback, and come prepared to be an engaged and active participant in the whole process.

This is because we are not really an editing and proofreading service. We are guides and teachers, who will aid in the development of writing and learning strategies that will help you become a more effective writer. Rather than passively watching someone “fix” the mechanics of your work, you are more likely to find yourself at the receiving end of a lesson that will teach you how to do it yourself. Like the old adage: “Give a person a fish, she eats for a day. Teach her how to fish, she eats for a lifetime.” So, in a sense, we’re not just handing out fish here—we expect you to learn how to use a rod and reel! We hope to help you build upon your writing strengths, and we will provide a supportive environment in which you can take on and master the challenges that we identify together.


  1. Writing Center consultations are face-to-face. You can schedule an appointment in person, or call us at 244-4202. We are more than happy to take walk-ins, if space is available. Also, our extensive collection of writing-related books and handouts is always accessible. (Summer sessions by appointment only, please call 244-4202.)
  2. Consultations are collaborative. We work in partnership with you. As you read your paper aloud, explain your goals, and come to recognize your strengths and challenges, we will listen, ask questions, make observations, offer suggestions, and teach the lessons we feel you need to master.
  3. If you have a draft of your work, bring two copies, please! You don’t need to be at this stage to visit the Writing Center, however. Come ready to brainstorm and free-write, if that’s what you need.
  4. If you must cancel a scheduled appointment, that’s fine. Just please let us know so that we can free up the space for others.
  5. Because writing is a gradual and continuing process, we highly recommend ongoing consultation. Please come and meet with us on a regular basis.

Meet the Consultants

Mary Broering is a senior biology major, working in her second year in the Writing Center.  She hopes to continue her education next year in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Currently, Mary has a research co-op position at Children's Hospital, is co-president of Pre-Health Club, and a member of TriBeta.  In her free time, Mary loves listening to country music, playing volleyball, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Tristan Chaput is a senior at the Mount, working in her third year as a Writing Center consultant. When she is not working as a wedding cake consultant for a local bakery, dispatching for Mount St. Joseph Police, or babysitting, she enjoys being the president of the Campus Activities Board. In her free time, Tristan adores attending Comic Cons across the tri-state, where she always is overwhelmed with awkwardness and ends up making up elaborate lies to impress the celebrities. As an educational studies major, Tristan looks forward to working in a collegiate setting as an organization's advisor.

Ellen Goins is a sophomore nursing major, entering her second year as a Writing Center consultant. She intends on becoming a surgical nurse and then later on becoming a nurse practitioner. Ellen is also the treasurer of Group Fitness and played on the women’s golf team last year. When Ellen is not busy with studying, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and watching cat videos when under high periods of stress. Her other hobbies include playing golf and piano. Her dream is to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

Jacqui Tackett is a current senior majoring in English with creative writing at the Mount. This will be her second semester working as a peer tutor at the Writing Center. She plans on going to graduate school next fall to get her Master's and PhD. in English so she can spend the rest of her life in school as a professor. She also runs cross country for the Mount and loves hockey. Most of her free time is spent with her family, reading, writing poetry, binge watching Netflix, or planning her next tattoo.

Karl Zuelke is in his 12th year as Director of the Writing Center at the Mount and his second year as Director of the Math & Science Center. He majored in English and biology as an undergrad at the University of Cincinnati, and he earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in the fiction writing program at Indiana University. Dr. Zuelke returned to UC for his Ph.D., where he studied nature writing and popular science writing as literature. He lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife of 28 years, two cats, and his son, who is in his second year at the Mount. Dr. Zuelke likes fishing, woodworking, and other hobbies that he rarely has time for. He loves backpacking, and Moby Dick is his favorite book.