This is the first entry in our Featured Writing Center series. Kudos to the team of experienced Coe Writing Center Consultants–Alex Bartlett, Gibson Odderstol, and Anton Jones–who responded to the Call for Submissions only hours after it was sent out. Jane Nesmith, Coe Writing Center Director, suggested it was appropriate that her consultants respond to the prompts since they “are the true experts.”
The Coe Writing Center recently celebrated its 30th anniversary this fall and was founded by Dr. Bob Marrs, who has been a long time member and supporter of MWCA.
Coe is a small liberal arts college nestled between America’s heartland and downtown Cedar Rapids.
Mon-Thurs 8:00 AM-12:00 AM
Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM-12:00AM
Providing conversations about any writing project at any stage of the writing process.
By 60 undergraduate writing consultants who are awarded Writing Center fellowships through a competition process.
Consultants take three semesters of a staff development course and generally the first two are taken in their first year as a writing center consultant.
We have some very loyal students who come in all the time and students that come in because their professors require it. There are also people who come in for personal writing, resumes, and pieces that are not strictly academic. We provide help with grammatical concepts, big picture ideas, brainstorming, and editing. Quite a few international students also frequent the writing center.
Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing Fellows: this is a program that pairs one or two writing consultants to a first-year class to assist the students with college level composition. Long Night Against Procrastination: this is a program that occurs once a semester that keeps the library open until 3AM, during this time Consultants offer consultations and workshops. Tuesday Tea: this is a weekly event hosted by the WC in which we invite a guest professor and any students who would like to attend for tea, snacks, and conversation. The Catherine McAuley Center: this is a Cedar Rapids NPO that offers free language courses to any individuals in the area who wish to improve their English language skills. Consultants volunteer with the Center and have the option to use this experience to count for one of their staff development courses.