Writing CentralThe University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) recently opened Writing Central, a peer-to-peer writing support center, in Allen Hall Room 314.

Six student coaches with diverse writing backgrounds will offer free writing coaching for anyone enrolled in an SOJC course. The program will tailor support specifically to journalists and communicators and ensure that students in need of help for SOJC-specific classes, such as Gateway, can come to Writing Central for coaching. Writing Central is part of the new SOJC Writing Initiative and is co-directed by instructors Courtney Munther and Lori Shontz.

“Writing Central is a great place to get a new set of eyes to look at your work,” said Maritza Rendon, an SOJC student who has used the service. “You work one-on-one with a current SOJC student to identify how your writing can be improved. They help and guide you through your work. They work with you to improve your piece and refine your personal writing style. I would recommend Writing Central to students of all writing levels, as it is always good to have someone look over your work.”

Students can drop in to the center during open hours or they can schedule appointments with coaches online.

At Writing Central, students will get help with grammar and punctuation, crafting strong sentences, tightening writing structure and brainstorming story ideas. They can expect a friendly atmosphere and helpful writing coaching from fellow students who have taken many SOJC courses and have the skills and experience to offer meaningful assistance.

“We see this as a win-win for everyone involved: students, the writing coaches and faculty,” said Munther. “Students will benefit from having the additional one-on-one support, and the coaches will grow from the experience as well. And everyone at the SOJC benefits when students become better writers.”

The SOJC faculty is committed to sending students into the professional world with a developed skill set and hopes this opportunity for one-on-one coaching will help them become more confident and effective writers.

Story by Nicole Rideout ’16