The Writing Center, located in the Student Success Center, offers writing support to all students at the University of Missouri. Tutors come from all majors and are familiar with a variety of writing styles and formats. Although tutors are not editors, they can help with any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming, to major structural revisions, to putting the finishing touches on a final draft. There are a host of other particular services on the other pages of this website. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call, email, or come by to chat with us!
Founded in 1977, the Writing Center was established by Bonnie Zelenak, the Learning Center Director at that time. With only three changes of directorship since its inception, the Writing Center has continued to provide an ever-growing number of MU students with writing support. Dr. Douglas Hunt was the initial director of the Writing Center. Upon his departure in 1987, Dr. Elaine Hocks was hired. At the time, The Writing Center (previously “Writing Lab”) was housed in 214 Arts & Science. In May 1994, Charles Schroeder, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, provided the leadership and additional funds to make the WC’s first foray into online tutoring, launching the Online Writery (OW) under the direction of Sally Foster. In the Fall of 2001, the WC’s offices were relocated with the rest of the Learning Center to the Student Success Center, centrally located on Lowry Mall, across from Ellis Library. The third and current Director, Dr. Rachel Harper, was hired in 2007. In 2008, recognizing that the Online Writery required just as much directorship as the face-to-face Writing Center, Dr. Gregory Foster was hired as Director of the OW. Upon his departure in 2011, Aaron Harms was hired to continue directing the Online Writery.
In 2005, via a partnership with the Campus Writing Program, Writing Intensive tutors joined the other writing tutors in the Student Success Center, further centralizing writing support on MU’s campus. This collaboration continues to grow, with (currently) 10 quarter-time graduate assistantships that provide WI support for over 150 courses across every discipline on campus.
The Writing Center continues to expand on its collaborative mission, with partnerships that include tutoring support in multiple residence halls, MU Athletics’ Total Person Program, Graduate Nursing, Education, and Public Health programs, and walk-in appointments in Ellis library.