In support of Berry College’s commitment to high academic standards, the Writing Center seeks to foster excellence in the thinking and writing of all Berry students.
To do so, the Center’s trained peer tutors work individually with students to help them develop habits of mind and concrete skills in the invention, evaluation, and revision of written work. Such skills touch upon all parts of the thinking and writing process—from understanding the rhetorical dimensions of an assignment or writing situation, to the discovery, organization, and logical development of ideas, to citation and documentation practices, to the finishing work of editing and proofreading. (In keeping with their central goal of developing better thinkers and writers and not just better papers, consultants do not compose or edit any portion of a writer’s text.)
Given that writing is a powerful tool for intellectual discovery and development, the Writing Center strives to bring its services to all members of the Berry academic community. In addition to its close ties with the first-year Writing Program, the Center endorses the philosophy and goals of the Writing across the Curriculum program (WAC) and offers assistance to faculty in the disciplines, primarily through a small “Writing Associates” program in which writing consultants are paired with professors and their students for an entire semester. In sum, the Writing Center offers Berry faculty and students a practical resource for teaching and learning as well as an organizing center for the discussion and practice of writing across campus.