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.

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Source-based Writing Vs. Patchwriting — Teaching the Difference

In order for students to participate and contribute to their academic discipline, students need to learn the processes of source-based writing. Recent research published in Writing & Pedagogy reveals that many students are not necessarily aware of the reasons why they need to cite source material, nor can they distinguish the differences between paraphrasing, patchwriting, and outright copying. This study raises serious concerns about students’ lack of source comprehension.

Howard, Rebecca Moore, Tanya K. Rodrigue, and Tricia C. Serviss. “Writing from Sources, Writing from Sentences.” Writing and Pedagogy 2.2 (Fall 2010): 177-192