Learning Center Courses


Individual tutoring in writing can be arranged for any student by contacting Associate Dean John Pruitt (otherwise see the description of the writing lab below). Tutoring in other specific subjects may also be available for those students with special needs by contacting Dean Pruitt.


The writing lab is a reserved room on the fourth floor of the library set up with computers and a peer tutor in attendance to help any student work on his or her writing. The fall semester hours will be Sunday to Thursday, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Learning Center Courses

CSK 095 A The Craft of Prose

Time: Wed 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Olin 303

All writers know the terror of facing the blank page (or screen) knowing that they must fill it with words, and that once the pages are filled, the hard work begins. This writers' workshop cannot promise to make the work easy, but it does give students a chance to tame the anxiety by developing craft and refining their prose style. Examination of the structure and organization of argumentative and personal essays will accompany detailed attention to paragraphs, sentences, and diction. We will discuss development of ideas, research, revision, personal voice, grammar, and punctuation, all with an eye toward expressing critical thought with clarity and precision. Each week students will present a new or revised essay for class appreciation and criticism. No issue will be too basic for discussion, from pencils to participles, criticism to comma faults.