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The Writing Center

The FGCU Writing Center assists student writers through free, accessible, learning-based writing consultations. Our primary goals are to help students improve their abilities to think independently, to write critically, and to learn and implement strategies that will assist them in producing effective writing assignments.

Consultants help writers with brainstorming, formulating a clear thesis, developing their ideas, and revising. Writing Center sessions are designed to assist writers in improving their ability to revise independently. Writing Consultants also help writers identify issues of style and mechanics; however, they do not edit or proofread. Our goal is to help student writers improve overall skills (rather than merely working on one specific paper) by providing strategies and practice that will help them discover options and make choices they can build on independently. The writer is an active participant in the session. After a thirty-minute session in which the writer and consultant work on one or two goals defined by the writer, students are expected to produce writing independently.

  • Thirty-minute Writing Center consultations are available on a walk-in basis.
  • Location: The Writing Center is located in Library West 202C Phone: (239)590-7141
  • Writing Center Director: Carol Bledsoe Phone: (239)590-7251 Email: Office: Library West 202A.
  • Writing Center Program Assistant: Sarah Burt Phone: (239)745-4247 Email: Office: Library West 202B.

Spring 2014 Hours of Operation:

Mondays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fridays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sattelite Writing Center hours:

North Lake Village Eagles' Landing Meeting Room - Tuesdays: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Palmetto Hall Fifth Floor Study Room - Thursdays: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For Distance Learning Students:

Distance consulting is available for distance learning students who are unable to physically visit the Writing Center during the hours of operation.

If you would like help with essay drafts during the semester, you can send them to Sarah Burt, Writing Center Program Assistant, via your FGCU Eagle mail as a Word attachment ( In order to obtain assistance, you must provide course and assignment information and specify one area in which you would like the tutor to provide assistance (see below). Please note that while we can assist you with identifying issues of style or mechanics, we do not edit or proofread for you. Please allow 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays) for a Writing Consultant to respond.

Please provide the following:

Course Number and Title:


Assignment due date:

Level (ACE, freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate):

Assignment instructions: (You can cut and paste these into the message.)

Choose one of the following areas:

___ prewriting (generating ideas/topics)

___ writing/refining the thesis statement

___ development (adding evidence/details/descriptions)

___ MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian documentation

___ mechanics (punctuation, word usage)