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Our Services

While writing process is generally our focus, the Writing Center offers all kinds of services to help students. Our goal in the Writing Center is to build confidence in students while helping them understand the writing process, so that they can improve their revision practices. Check out the list below to see what we do:

  • Offer assistance in understanding the writing process for a variety of papers from any subject or course
  • Recommend strategies for improvement in revision
  • Brainstorm ideas, discuss direction, and formulate a writing plan
  • Collaborate on organization, rhetorical structure, thesis statement, flow, and other writing conventions
  • Provide an audience for speeches and presentations
  • Help with resumes, CVs, personal statements, and other career documents
  • MLA, APA, and AMA formatting
  • Subject-based tutoring 
  • Test Prep
  • Study Skills

How We Provide Feedback

Our Staff

Lily Alpers

Graduate Consultant

Tiffany Bickett

QEP Graduate Assistant

Madison Choppa

Graduate Consultant

Tori Clark



Maddie Kopecki


Shelby Roshoe

Graduate Consultant

Callie Rowland


Londyn Swann

Graduate Consultant

Stuart Walker


Olivia Whitehead

Graduate Consultant

Makalah Zienstra

Graduate Consultant

Darby Campbell

Writing Center Coordinator

Laura Detmering

Writing Center Director

Lizzy Carraway

QEP Coordinator


Online Zoom Consultations

In a face-to-face online appointment, we have the ability to read through your work and provide feedback in real time. This can be beneficial to those who do not feel email is an adequate way to receive feedback as the online format allows for discussion and conversation around the writing. To request an online, face-to-face consultation, please use the link below and fill out the form. You will then be contacted by the Writing Center with additional instructions. This allows us to work with you from the safety of your own location.

Online Face-to-Face Consultation Request Form
The URL for this form is

You can also contact if you have additional questions or concerns.

Email Consultation

Sometimes it's hard to get in to see us in the Writing Center. Luckily, we are able to work with students through email. Using the link below you can email us your work. We have a turn-around time of 24-48 hours for 5 pages (longer papers have a longer turn around time). We ask that you submit the assignment, rubric, or any other directions that will help us tailor our feedback to fit your needs. Our hours are from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4pm Friday.

How do I submit my work?

  • Be sure to attach your work as a MSWord document (the following formats work best: .doc, .docx, .rtf) to the link provided below.
  • Once your work is received, we provide feedback in the form of comments within the margins of your paper. We will also include a letter in our email response explaining our notes and any areas of praise or concern that stood out to us.
  • Please provide us with your concerns in the writing, your goals in the writing, what you feel is the focus of the revision, or any other questions or directions you might have.

Email your work


In-Person Consultation (Masks Required)

Interested in working with the writing center in-person? Come by and see us!
You can make an appointment by calling or emailing us. We take walk-ins as well. Our appointments last from 45 minutes to an hour. We are located on the second floor of the Spalding University Library. Our hours are from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4pm Friday. Our staff is really friendly and knowledgeable. Our goal is to help you with your writing. 

Phone: (502) 873-4494

What do I need to bring to a consultation?
We ask that you bring...

  • a printed copy of your work
  • the assignment
  • grading rubric (if possible)
  • any other information that will give us the most direction as we tailor our feedback to fit your needs for a particular assignment

Writing Process
The following handouts are guides to help identify and understand the components of the writing process. These files are provided in pdf format and can be downloaded below.

Audience Awareness


Email Etiquette

A video discussing email etiquette:

(Pre)Writing Activities

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

Link to a video on quoting and paraphrasing:

Link to a video on quote integration:

Link to a video on quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing:

Link to a video on paraphrasing:



Thesis Statements

Link to a video on writing thesis statements:

Topic Sentences

Link to a video on writing topic sentences:


Writing Process

Link to a video on the writing process and how to organize your ideas: ttps://

Writing with Style

Types/Modes of Writing Handouts
The following handouts are guides to help identify and understand the components of different types of writing. These files are provided in pdf format and can be downloaded below.

Academic Writing (General)

Analytical Essays

Annotated Bibliographies

Argumentative Essays

Artist's Statements

A link with advice on how to write an artist's statement:

Cover Letters

A link to advice on writing cover letters:

Descriptive Essays

A link with advice on how to write descriptively:

Expository Essays

Literature Reviews

Narrative Essays

Persuasive Essays

Reflective Writing


Here is some advice on how to start on a resume:

For more help with job searching and applications, visit the Career Development Center:

Scientific Reports

Link to more detailed advice for writing scientific reports:

Situation #1: I am writing a paper, but I’m having trouble figuring out where to begin.

Situation #2: I am writing a paper, but I’m not sure I understand the assignment.

Situation #3: I have written a rough draft, but I haven’t met the length requirement yet.

Situation #4: My instructor wants me to cite using (MLA, APA, AMA), but I don’t know what that means.

Situation #5: I am afraid I’m plagiarizing, but I’m not sure.

Situation #6: I’m writing a research paper and am having difficulty working sources into my paper.

Situation #7: I have a draft finished, but my paper doesn’t seem to “flow.”

Situation #8: My teacher wants “substantial revision,” but I’m not sure what that means.

Situation #9: I can’t find good sources for my research paper.

Situation #10: I am having trouble with grammar and punctuation.

Situation #11: I have a lot that I want to say in this paper, but I’m having difficulty organizing my thoughts.

Situation #12: I have never written a (personal statement, résumé, cover letter, literature review, book review, journal critique) and don’t know where to start.

Situation #13: I am having difficulty getting Word to properly format my document.

Situation #14: I want to improve my writing, but I’m not sure where I need to start.

Situation #15: My teacher wants me to make an “argument,” but I don’t know if I’m doing that in my paper.

Situation #16: I’m wondering what makes college writing different than the writing I’ve done up to this point.

Situation #17: I’ve mostly written papers in my English class and am wondering if writing that I’ll be asked to do in my (non-English) major will be different.

The following handouts and videos are guides to help identify and understand the components of the citation process. The handouts are provided in pdf format and can be downloaded below.

AMA Guide

APA Guide

A video covering the major components of an APA-style paper:

A video discussing how to format an APA-style title page:

Avoiding Plagiarism

A video with advice on avoiding accidental plagiarism:

Another video with advice on avoiding plagiarism:

Citing Sources

A video on why we cite sources in academic writing:

A video on how we cite sources in academic writing:

MLA Guide