Writing Center

  • Arrive at the Writing Center at least 30 minutes before closing time and at least three days before your paper is due.
  • Bring the writing assignment as well as any work you've done on the paper so far.
  • Plan to work on only one paper in a session.
  • Come with questions about your work and an idea of what you want to work on with a Consultant.
  • Turn off your cell phone before working with a Writing Consultant.
  • Come with an open mind and a willingness to work. We can't "fix" your paper for you, but we can give you suggestions, strategies, and tips on improving your work.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Eckerd College Writing Center is help all students realize their potential as effective and efficient writers. In one-on-one sessions, we offer a neutral trial run before students submit their work for evaluation; through questioning and active listening, writing consultants offer thoughtful suggestions that help students organize and clearly state their thoughts. Of course, students always maintain agency over their work and are free to take or reject our advice. Importantly, we help students at any stage of their writing process: brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising. Writing Center services are free to all students currently enrolled at Eckerd College, in both the residential program and the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL).

Writing Consultants

Student "Writing Consultants" are trained to help guide their classmates through invention strategies, rewriting, self-editing, and careful proofreading. Consultants will not make Student "Writing Consultants" are trained to help guide their classmates through invention strategies, rewriting, self-editing, and careful proofreading. Consultants will not make changes to the writer's draft, nor will they edit or proofread for students; they instead will coach writers by reading drafts carefully and giving the writer feedback on the paper’s focus/thesis, organization and development, voice or tone, handling and documentation of source material, etc. The consultants’ goal is to coax from the writer his/her best work.

Location and Hours

The Writing Center is located in the Seibert Humanities Building, room 103. Our phone number is 727-864-8861

Fall and Spring hours:
  • Sunday - Thursday, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Autumn Term hours:
  • Sunday - Thursday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Winter Term (January) hours:
  • Sunday - Thursday,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Word Processing/Document Design

Our 19-station Macintosh lab, with a desktop publishing work station, is available for student and faculty use during the lab’s open hours.