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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 visit or call the Learning Center for schedule details.
Writing Help for On-Line Courses: See "Online Writing Center Sessions."
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.

Procedures:

  1. 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 starting her first year as a consultant in the Writing Center at the Mount. She is now a junior majoring in biology and is hoping to enter the Mount’s Department of Physical Therapy program. In her freetime, Mary likes spending time with her family and friends, playing volleyball, running, and listening to country music.

 

Tristan Chaput is a junior at the Mount, working in her second yearas 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.

 

Amanda Gratsch is a sophomore, double majoring in communication and fine arts. She works in her second year at the college's Writing Center, and is Co-President of the club Active Minds on campus. She has an appreciation for the beautiful things around her, which inspire her artistic expression. Aside from painting and spending time with friends, she loves to counsel friends and family, and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in psychology.

 

LeeAnne Reinert is a senior nursing major with dreams of becoming a critical care nurse. She attended Page High School in North Carolina and has lived all over the South due to her parents' Air Force careers. Despite being raised in the South, she is no southern belle. Looking for new experiences and following in her mother's footsteps, she chose to come to the Mount and pursue nursing just like her mother. In her spare time, she likes to read, watch movies, travel the world, play music, and try extreme sports including whitewater rafting, luging, and bobsledding. Her favorite movies include Roadhouse, Pretty Woman, and To Kill  a Mockingbird. LeeAnne is an avid Harry Potter fan an occasionally challenges people to wizarding duels. LeeAnne embraces her nerdiness every day and is never afraid to show it.

 

Brittany Schrock is in her first year as a consultant at the Writing Center. She transferred to the Mount last year from The Ohio State University. She is a neuroscience major and will graduate this May. Aftergraduation, she plans to obain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She just got married this past July, and lives in Ameila with her husband, their two year old son, two cats, two ferrets, and various fish. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading (currently, the Harry Potter series), andspending time with her family.  

 

Debbie Smith has worked as a writing center consultant for threeyears. She can hardly believe that she is a senior and will be graduating thisMay. After graduating she hopes to become a special education teacher at a local elementary school. She currently works with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities in their homes. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga, enjoying the great outdoors, and reading a good book. She is very excited to be the maid of honor for her sister’s wedding this summer.

 

Dr. Karl Zuelke is in his 11th year as Director of the WritingCenter at the Mount and his first 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 27 years, two cats, and occasional visits from his son, who is a freshman at the Mount. Dr. Zuelke likes fishing, woodworking, and other hobbies that he rarely has time for. Moby Dick is his favorite book, and he is a tree-hugger.