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.
Novice writers often demonstrate a “myside bias” in their writing, ignoring points of view different from their own. Research published in the journal Written Communication suggests that giving students a simple worksheet asking them to articulate their main claim, list supporting reasons, name one obvious objection, and refute that objection can help them adopt an schema for written arguments that leads to more successful writing.
[Wolfe, C. R., Britt, M. A., & Butler, J. A. (2009). Argumentation schema and the myside bias in written argumentation. Written Communication, 26(2), 183–209.]