Writing Center begins year with open house


Derek Walker

 The Writing Center held an open house in the DHS library for students last Wednesday. The open house was an opportunity for students to have a snack, meet their tutors, and receive the help they need on any writing projects.

With plans to diverge from its current model, the Writing Center is moving away from the main focus of helping students with their essays, creative writing and chemistry papers.

At Writing Center’s first ever open house included candy and preliminary writing help. Tutors wore name tags and introduced themselves to visiting students.

“This year we’re hoping to specialize in college essays, SAT and IB writing,” Cara Cassell, the Writing Center supervisor, said.

The center has also become more attentive to the needs of the students, with plans to have special focus weeks depending on when certain assignments are due.

With these changes, the Center has enlisted more tutors. They bring a variety of skills beyond the classic literature essays.

“I enjoy scientific writing and analysis,” Violet Garcia, a recent Writing Center recruit, said. “Honestly, just any kind of process explanation.”

The tutors look forward to aiding Decatur students with whatever writing projects they may have.

“I like discussing literature and hearing different perspectives,” Julia Grigni, a returning tutor, said. “I want to help students express their thoughts.”

The Writing Center sessions officially begin next Tuesday.