Writing at UTK
UTK has received the “Writing Program Certificate of Excellence” national award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Watch the video for more information about our Writing Program.
THE WRITING CENTER serves student writers in all disciplines of the UTK academic community by offering free and individualized help throughout the writing process. Thousands of students visit the Writing Center each year from all types of courses on campus.
Trained tutors (graduate students and lecturers) read and discuss student writing in one-to-one conversations and offer constructive feedback. We teach students how to think about their written work from the brainstorming stage to final revisions.
We work with writers on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. Also, we offer appointments for multilingual students who want help with coursework-related writing assignments.
The up-to-date, welcoming facility offers plenty of space for consultations with tutors, quiet space for writing drafts, computers, and a variety of writing and reference manuals.
Also, we operate a Grammar Hotline (865/974-2611) for brief queries about writing.
Although many students—especially those for whom English is not their primary language—can be reluctant to offer feedback to their peers because they lack confidence in their own writing ability, a study in the Journal of Second Language Writing indicates that the true benefit in peer review may be for those who give feedback, rather than for those who receive it. The study suggests that giving feedback, rather than receiving it, can lead to greater gains in language proficiency.
[Lundstrom, K., & Baker, W. (2009). To give is better than to receive: The benefits of peer review to the reviewer’s own writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 18, 30–43.]