Writing Center celebrates 10 years of developing “confident writers”

The Campbell Library at Rowan University. The role of a copy editor is to make sure that an article is clear and concise before it is published. - File Photo / Miguel Martinez

Rowan’s Writing Center has been operating for 10 years. On March 5, there was an event held in the Rowan Art Gallery to celebrate its anniversary.

The event was sponsored by the Edelman College of Communications and Creative Arts and was a gift from Virginia Rowan Smith, daughter of Henry Rowan, who donated money to the Writing Center.

John Warner was the guest speaker featured at the event. Warner is a columnist, editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and the author of several books such as “Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities” and “The Writer’s Practice.”

“If you can write, you are flexible, adaptable and curious,” Warner said. “You’re capable of divergent thinking, you ask the unusual questions and have the critical thinking skills needed in all areas of life.”

The Writing Center offers many opportunities for students. Some of the services it provides are help with  research papers, argument essays, videos, social media, public speaking, game design, magazine design and so much more. The staff can help brainstorm ideas for papers and help with grammatical errors in students’ work.

The staff includes professors, graduate and undergraduate students. Each of them have different majors, so they are knowledgeable in more than one writing form.

There are opportunities for students to attend college composition workshops to help better their writing skills, and there’s a different workshop for developing the tools of writing for language diverse students.

The Writing Center’s website offers students access to information including contacts, staff profiles, the center’s hours and more.

“The Rowan Writing Center works to develop confident writers,” said Celeste Del Russo, the director of the Writing Center. “We work with students across the disciplines with all different drafts of their essays and projects that they have in their classes.”

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