Writing Center breaks barriers

By Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporter

For students who need assistance with writing assignments and are interested in developing their skills as a writer, Highline's Writing Center can help them accomplish this.

The Writing Center, which is located on the sixth floor of the library in Building 25, allows students to receive writing help through peer tutoring.

Reece Keller, who is a writing consultant, said that students who attend the Writing Center can receive help in many different subjects, not just in English classes.

"The Writing Center is a friendly, judgment-free space for all Highline students to get support with any type of writing," Keller said.

"We don't just help with English assignments; our consultants are excellent at helping writers from many different classes and styles," he said. "They act as experienced readers and writing mentors, and they give suggestions to help you improve as a writer."

Keller said that consultants at the Writing Center can assist students with essays by working with them to understand the assignment, develop ideas, revising, and addressing grammar to help them develop strategies to improve their writing.

"More importantly, the Writing Center isn't solely for helping with essays," Keller said. "We can provide assistance with research, brainstorming, annotated bibliographies, citations, and [more]."

"You can bring any writing in from any part of your life; it doesn't have to be for a class assignment," he said. "This can include personal statements, resumes, scholarship essays, poetry, and more."

Along with providing this assistance, Keller said that the Writing Center also offers workshops to help students develop specific writing skills.

He said that today, on May 17, there is a workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. on the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing, as well as strategies to use both techniques.

Keller said that these sessions are also offered in a variety of languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Arabic, Swahili, French, Korean, Russian, and Punjabi.

On Monday, May 21, he said there will be a Spanish multilingual workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., which will discuss the differences found between Spanish and English.

"[It] is a great place to help native Spanish speakers understand English grammar and common mistakes associated with the language," Keller said.

He said that the Writing Center is one of the most important resources students have to get help and develop their skills as a writer.

"Whether it be supporting students in their journey through ESL classes or helping English 205 students navigate databases, the Writing Center can be a fundamental step in the staircase of learning," Keller said.

Students can book a 30-minute or one-hour session and find more information on workshops and other services by visiting www.writingcenter.highline.edu.

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