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Writing Center

Welcome to Motlow State Community College's Writing Center!
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How do I make an appointment? 

What is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is a free service available to the entire Motlow community. We support a dedicated team of tutors who are attentive and knowledgeable so they can provide exceptional guidance with any project at any stage of the writing process including brainstorming for an English essay, revising a lab report, or polishing a cover letter for a job application. Our ultimate goal is to expand across all campuses in order to provide a unique service to a growing and diverse population and to help our clients become more confident, competent writers.

Where is it located?

On three of the Motlow campuses, the Writing Center is located in the library!

  • Fayetteville: Library
  • McMinnville: Library Computer Lab
  • Moore County: CGL 219, upstairs in the library
  • Smyrna: AWJ 120

When is it open?

Hours vary by campus and semester. The best way to see available times on your campus is to log in to our online scheduler.

How do I make an appointment? You can make an appointment using our online scheduler. First time? Check out our step-by-step Making an Appointment Video.

Do I have to make an appointment?

We welcome walk-ins, but the Writing Center can be a very busy place! The best way to make sure a tutor will be available is to make an appointment in advance.

When should I make an appointment?

The very best writing is the product of a recursive writing process that proceeds through multiple drafts, and this takes time. This means that you should try to avoid scheduling a session on the very same day your essay is due! Making an appointment a few days or even a whole week in advance of your due date will ensure you have enough time to revise and polish your work based on tutor feedback. If we can't cover everything in one session, we are more than happy to schedule follow-up appointments for the same assignment. Note: because our tutoring is a finite resource, students are limited to 15 visits per semester.

What if I can’t make it to my appointment?

All you need to do is login to the appointment scheduler and cancel your appointment. Please feel free to reschedule it for another time. There is no penalty for cancelation. If, however, you do not cancel your appointment and fail to show up, the appointment will be marked as a no-show. After three no-shows, students cannot make additional appointments in the online scheduler, though they are welcome to use the Writing Center on a walk-in basis.

What should I expect from my tutoring session?

All Writing Center appointments start on the hour and last 50 minutes. Because we are in the business of creating better writers — not just better essays — you will always maintain ownership of your own work. Tutors will not write or edit any section of your assignment for you. Tutors will work with you to revise and edit your assignment by listening, asking questions, making suggestions, and providing helpful resources. We'll also make sure that you leave your session with a concrete revision plan.

What should I bring with me?

Bring your draft and the assignment prompt. It may also be helpful to bring your syllabus, class notes, and any previous drafts or research materials. Note: for either type of online appointment, plan to upload both your draft and the prompt!

Is online education available?

Yes! In addition to traditional face-to-face tutoring sessions, we offer two online tutoring options: eTutoring and Live Online tutoring. You can learn more about these in our Making an Appointment Video.

What other resources are available to help me as I write?

Check out the Writing Center's extensive collection of handouts, presentations, and online resources!

Who do I contact if I have questions or comments about the Writing Center?

You can email the Writing Center Coordinator at

Emailing Your Professor and Submitting Writing Assignments

Don't Write Alone!

The Writing Center will continue to operate entirely online during the Spring 2021 semester. Although we are not on campus, you can still interact with tutors in real-time by booking a Live Online appointment (our video chat option). If you prefer asynchronous, written feedback, you can book an eTutoring appointment, upload your writing assignment and prompt, and receive tutor comments via email.

Finding Resources for My Paper

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Write #AloneTogether with the Writing Center! – Jenna Caviezel, Director 

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"That which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary." (Milton, Areopagitica) – Daniel Robinson, tutor 

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This year has really tested our patience, but we still have to come out on top. - Natalie Taylor, tutor

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"You never know the outcome until you try. Trying your best is the first and most important step. If you try your best, you can get where you want to go." - Ava Anderson, tutor

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"When you do a workout it can be very difficult to figure out exactly what exercises you need to make you stronger and times like that is where a personal trainer can come in handy. So, think of the Writing Center as your very own personal trainer that can help you become a better and stronger writer.” - Casey Hester, tutor

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 “We all need help sometimes, so never hesitate to ask!” - William Anderson, tutor

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This year has been tough but through our passions we will persevere” - Abby Mire, tutor

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“As Einstein said, ‘In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.’ We're here to help you seize that opportunity. Just ask us! :)” - Rebekah Randall, tutor

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"Do not search for ways to move the mountain but pray for the courage, strength and heart to climb it, for if one should move the mountain, he 'will grow weaker every time.'" -Angela Benninghoff, tutor

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“Just remember that writing is hard for everyone. No one has a magic wand. Focus on your audience and what you want them to walk away with, and you will be fine. Always write like a reader, and read like a writer.” - Wes Spratlin, tutor

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“As Abraham Lincoln said ‘In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.’” - Grace Young, tutor

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“Together, we can accomplish anything!” - Keira Pfefferkorn, tutor


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“Words are just another artistic medium. They help us translate our thoughts into something we can share with others. Even when you think it doesn't matter, you still leave your mark on the page.” - Jessica Stites, tutor

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“Sometimes, the only way to succeed at a task is to ask for help. So, never hesitate to reach out; together, we’ll help you accomplish your goals.” - Will Murphy, Asst. Coordinator Writing Center

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"Never be too afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. And remember: you are not alone!"- Jordan Dodd, tutor

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"A major hurdle for some students is the uncertainty that comes from trying to master the art of writing 'correctly' in the academic setting. With guidance from our qualified Writing Center tutors and with practice, writing well can also become a life skill that opens doors far beyond the scope of the classroom." -- Dawn G. Copeland, tutor

How can I become a tutor? 

Writing Center peer tutors work one-on-one with students on all four Motlow campuses and online. Tutors assist students with writing at any level, in any discipline, and at any stage in the writing process. Whether they are helping students to understand an assignment, conduct research, make a revision plan, review grammar rules, or master a documentation style (MLA, APA, etc.), tutors will help students to develop the skills necessary for successful academic writing. Other duties include presenting informational classroom visits, maintaining tutoring records, and contributing to the Writing Center’s bank of online resources. Most tutors work 6 hours per week and are expected to attend periodic staff meetings throughout the semester.

General requirements: Students must have a grade of B or higher in English 1010 and/or 1020 and possess excellent writing skills. In addition, students should be patient, work well with their peers, and be continuously willing to learn from their tutoring experiences. All new tutors participate in mandatory paid training.

Apply here: Note: you will need to attach a 2-10 page writing sample and an unofficial copy of your transcript to the application. Instructor recommendations can be emailed directly to

Email with any questions.


Motlow State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity or national origin, sex, disability, age status as a protected veteran or any other class protected by Federal or State laws and regulations and by Tennessee Board of Regents policies with respect to employment, programs, and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding non-discrimination policies: Barbara Scales,5002 Motlow College Blvd. Smyrna, TN 37167, 615-220-7976.