The Writing Center

Personalized help and feedback that helps you develop confidence in your research and writing skills.

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Mission

The Writing Center is an inclusive and open learning environment where all Coppin students can get writing and research help—regardless of ability. We provide support through personal tutoring, assignment consultations, and community workshops. We also work with you to get access to the tools and resources you need to feel confident about your writing and research skills in the classroom and beyond.

Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Grace Jacobs Building, Room 206

How can the Writing Center help me?

We provide a range of services. Our tutors support students with:

  • academic writing, including critical analyses, essays, rhetorical criticisms, and research papers
  • creative writing, including short stories, poems, biographies, and memoirs
  • business writing, including abstracts, case studies, and personal statements
  • professional writing, including resumes, cover letters, formal memos, proposals
  • oral presentations, including prepared speeches, PowerPoint presentations, and group projects
  • scholarship and employment applications

Do I need an appointment to get help from the Writing Center?

Nope! You don't need an appointment before coming to the Center. But we do encourage you to schedule some time with us when we get busy, like around midterms and finals. You do need to plan accordingly to make sure you meet your assignment deadlines. We recommend you give us at least 24 hours to review your work, and up to 48 hours during busy periods.

Do I have to pay for any of the Writing Center's services?

Nope! All Writing Center resources and services are free to students.

What should I bring to my sessions at the Writing Center?

Be sure to have digital copies of all your drafts, project requirements, and working documents (i.e. research notes, grading rubric, instructions etc.). We also encourage you to bring a paper copy of your draft, if possible.

What happens when I arrive at the Center?

Please sign in when you arrive and let a tutor know how we can help.

What can I expect from my Writing Center tutor?

Our tutors are here to help you become more confident about your writing and research skills. This means we're available to:

  • provide feedback on your work for organization, clarity, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • offer personalized student consultations - support your ability to look more critically at your work
  • recommend tips on critical thinking, research, and various citation styles (i.e. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
  • point out error patterns in grammar, sentences, and organization

We aren't your instructors, so we cannot tell you the grade we think you may receive on a completed assignment.

Who has access to my Writing Center work?

Any work completed with Writing Center help must submit to TURNITIN. Then, you must complete any additional steps to release your work to your instructors. Unless specifically requested by a student, we do not release any working documents to your instructors.

How does the Writing Center handle plagiarism?

We will not make your edits or do your work for you—that is plagiarism. We report any evidence of intentional plagiarism to the Writing Center Director for review and potential action. Intentional plagiarism is when you use someone else's ideas and/or words and purposely call them your own.

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Video Tutorials

Even the best writers need help sometimes. Check out our library of video tutorials on grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and citation styles to keep you writing with confidence. Don’t see a video that answers your question? Come see us! We love this stuff.

The Writing Process

Learn how to use the writing process to write about anything.

Generating Ideas

Learn how to generate ideas for your writing projects.

Apostrophes

Learn how to use apostrophes in your writing.

Capitalization Rules

Learn how to use common capitalization rules when writing.

Comma Usage

Learn what basic comma usage looks like.

Easily Confused Words

See how to use commonly confused words.

Run On Sentences

See how to identify and fix run-on sentences.

Modifiers

Learn what modifiers are and how to use them.

Parts of Speech

Learn to identify and use basic parts of speech.

Possession

Learn how to write to show possession.

Subject Verb Agreement

Learn how to use subject-verb agreement in your writing.

MLA Citation—The Basics

Learn how to write citations in Modern Language Association (MLA) style.

APA Citation—The Basics

Learn how to write citations in American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Contact us

Coordinator, Writing Center

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Assistant Coordinator, Writing Center

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Associate Professor

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College

The Writing Center is open to all students. The Center is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Education.