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Writing Center

The Writing Center


Welcome to the Northeast State Writing Center! We hope this resource will be another way for us to help Get You There.

The writing center is located on the first floor of the Basler Library on the Blountville campus in room L101. Writing center staff will be available during operating hours to help with your essays, research, and more. 


Schedule an Appointment

As we get adjusted to the new Writing Center, You'll need to register for an account on MyWCOnline before scheduling an appointment.

Students are limited to 60 minutes of tutoring time per day.

Need help making your first appointment?

Watch this quick video if you need help creating an account and making your appointment.


Writing Center Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekends
Hours Available 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Closed Closed


Helpful Resources

  • Citation GuidesThese guides will help you create a works cited or reference page(s) in your paper and show you examples on how to format each entry, as well as how to do your in text citations. 


News and Upcoming Events

Check back soon for upcoming events!


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is the Writing Center located and when is it open?

The Writing Center is on the 1st floor of the library in room L101 (by the vending machines). Our Summer 2024 hours are Monday-Thursday from 10:00-3:00.

2. Do I need an appointment? How do I make one?

Not necessarily. We will always work with walk-ins when we have availability, but if you have a tight schedule or are only on campus certain days and times, it’s best to make an appointment. You can schedule an appointment on our website.

3. What does the writing center do?

At the Writing Center, we can help with any writing assignment for any class at any stage in the process. That means we can help you:

  • brainstorm a topic
  • refine your thesis
  • organize a rough draft
  • practice paraphrasing or incorporating source material
  • understand a citation style like MLA or APA
  • revise your work before final submission

While we can certainly help you understand grammar issues in your writing, we are not an editing or proofreading service. Our goal is to work with you collaboratively to help you make choices about your own text and strengthen your writing skills beyond each individual assignment.

4. How should I prepare for a session at the Writing Center? What do I need to bring with me?

When you come for your session, we will want to see any documents you have related to the assignment. This could be an assignment sheet or a grading rubric or even sample essays your instructor may have provided. If you’ve started brainstorming or writing, bring any notes or outlines or drafts you’ve already written. Electronic files are okay!

5. Does my paper need to be finished before I bring it to the Writing Center?

Absolutely not. You can come even if you’ve not started writing. Writer’s block is real, and we can help you overcome it!

6. What does it cost to come to the Writing Center?

Nothing! Writing Center services are offered free for all students.

7. Who are the consultants at the Writing Center?

All of our consultants are instructors in the English department.

8. Is it plagiarism for a tutor to help me with my essay?

No way! Our consultants are here to listen to your ideas, make suggestions, offer helpful critiques of what you’ve written, and strategize with you on future steps, but we never become authors or co-authors of your work. You are still in control of your own paper and get to make your own authorial choices.

9. Can I drop off my paper to have someone proofread it for me?

Sorry, but no. We don’t offer proofreading or editing services on either a drop-off or in-person basis. Sessions in the Writing Center are collaborative; we want you to be an active participant in the process!

10. Is the Writing Center only for English classes, or can I bring a paper for any class?

We can help with written assignments for any class. We can also help with personal writing like a scholarship essay or a cover letter for a job application.

11.  Will you tell my professor I came to the Writing Center?

We will if you want us to! At the end of each session, your consultant will write a summary of what you worked on together. We keep that summary for our own records and email you a copy. We can also send that summary to your professor if you’d like.

12.  Are there consultants to help me if English is not my first language?

Yes! Most of our consultants have experience working with non-native English speakers. 


Contact Us

Northeast State Writing Center
Blountville Campus
2425 Highway 75
Blountville, TN 37617


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