About Us

The Writing Center, founded in 1976 by Bonnie Zelenak as the Writing Lab, has supported students at the University of Missouri for over 45 years. In 1994, it was the second writing center in the country to establish an online presence for asynchronous feedback on student writing: the Online Writery

Now, the Writing Center supports anyone with a pawprint (including faculty, postdocs, and distanced-students) completely free of charge throughout their time at Mizzou via in-person appointments at the Columbia campus, Zoom appointments, and asynchronous responses through the Online Writery. Writers of all levels can expect detailed feedback and revision options focused on “Higher Order Concerns” and “later order concerns” for any stage of the writing process, regardless of the modality in which they utilize WC services.  

The Writing Center employs a wonderful staff of between 50 and 100 tutors during any given semester. That staff is made up of a combination of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate writers; all tutors both receive formal training before they begin tutoring and are required to attend regular training workshops throughout their employment as tutors.

Undergraduate tutors have taken General Honors/English 2015HW: Theory and Practice of Writing Tutoring, a 15-week honors- and writing intensive-course that prepares them for writing center work through the study of writing center scholarship, observations of current tutors, and tutoring session “takeovers.” If you’re interested in taking the course, please contact the directors for more information about enrollment and wait lists. 

Writing Fellows are graduate students from across Mizzou’s campus who work primarily with students enrolled in Writing Intensive courses

Graduate Writing Support tutors work as part of our Graduate Writing Support program, made possible in part by generous funding from the Graduate School, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Master of Public Health program. These tutors are current or post-graduate students that work primarily with graduate students who utilize the Writing Center.

Our 2022-2024 Advisory Board consist of a group of phenomenal faculty and staff from across campus:

Ritcha Mehra-Chaudhary—Biochemistry

Rachel Harper—Honors College

Seth Howes—Romance Languages

Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston—Education & Human Development & Family Sciences

Ashlie Lester— Education & Human Development & Family Sciences

Christie McCullough—Management

Jeannette Porter—Journalism

Tim Safranski—Animal Sciences

Morgan Shahan—Nursing 

Jenna Wintemberg—Health Sciences/Public Health

On the right side of this page, you’ll find even more information about our current staff as well as our past few annual reports. Please feel free to click around or come see us at one of our sites on campus!

Timeline for the Writing Center