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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 by helping 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 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. You'll get close, individualized feedback. 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 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. 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

Sara Croswell is a sophomore biomedical science, pre-physical therapy major. She is also involved on campus as the vice-president of Group Fitness club and as a member of Campus Ministry club. Sara loves exploring and spends many weekends out hiking with friends or family. From Columbus, Ohio, Sara became interested in the Mount through her mom, a graduate of the nursing program.

Ellen Goins is a senior nursing major, entering her fourth year as a MSJU Writing Consultant.  Her career goal is to work in a pediatric ICU and then further her education to become a nurse educator.  She currently works as a patient care assistant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  When she is not busy with studying or working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and going to concerts. 

Tyler Potter is currently a junior and a psychology major. He mostly attends his classes and goes to work at Wendy's as the fry station manager every week, but when he gets the chance, he will play video games, watch YouTube videos and TV shows, or write fiction stories on the computer. He attends Mount St. Joseph University and works at the Writing Center because he wishes to help his fellow classmates as well as the rest of society with any problems they may have. Also, Mount St. Joseph University has class sizes that are more convenient for him since the professors can be more one-on-one with their students. He has received an academic achievement award for his 4.0 GPA at Mount St. Joseph University.

Patrick Zopff is a Cincinnati-based artist/student from Dayton, Ohio. He likes using acrylic paints to create thoughtful images on canvas. He is currently studying as a junior at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati for a bachelor’s of fine arts. Patrick is an accomplished musician and songwriter with proficiency on a number of musical instruments and is the President of the Music Club on campus. He likes watching birds, unplanned adventures, the great outdoors, and philosophy.

Karl Zuelke is in his 14th year as Director of the Writing Center at the Mount and his fourth 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, he keeps bees, and Moby Dick is his favorite book.