Writing Center


Mission & Contacts

Mission: The Writing Center is committed to supporting student efforts to improve comprehensive writing skills. We promote success in student writing which will aid student in their quest to: 1) enter the job market, 2) transfer to senior colleges and universities, 3) pursue their professional and personal goals.

Our ultimate goal is that every student who visits the Writing Center exhibits improved writing skills when they leave, and that repeat visits to the Writing Center promote a cumulative, positive effect on student writing skills.

We collaborate with multiple services and institutions, including SWTJC's Student Success Center and Sul Ross University - Rio Grande College, to promote this goal.

K Silva
R Lopez
S Cerna
S Roche

Uvalde Campus
Krystal S. Ballesteros 
Tutoring Specialist
(830) 591-2908

Eagle Pass Campus
Rita Lopez
Writing Center Coordinator
(830) 758-5035
Del Rio Campus
Stephanie Cerna
Student Success Coordinator (SWTJC)
(830) 703-1580
SR-RGC Del Rio
Dr. Sarah Roche
Chair/Department of Humanities & Professor of English
(830) 703-4837

Hours of Operation


Services Offered

The Writing Center offers, in conjunction with other support services and the cooperation of faculty members:

Feedback: Tutors are trained to provide feedback, regardless of the writing level. Whether you are working on a three sentence response or a six page research paper, we are able to give you feedback that will help you improve your writing.

Computer Lab: Computers and printing are provided, free of charge, for student use. Students writing in any discipline are encouraged to use the Writing Center computer lab.

References and Resource Literature: Dictionaries, thesauri, and style reference guides (Keys for Writers) are available in the computer lab. In addition, copies of some textbooks are available upon request, for use in the Writing Center.

Tutoring: Computer lab tutors are on hand for multiple students at a time. If you want more in-depth feedback on your writing, or are looking for some help developing writing skills, you can schedule a tutoring session. For more information on tutoring sessions, contact the Writing Center Coordinator on your campus.

 

Don't Expect:

Editing or "Fixing" We are a resource to facilitate student learning. For our tutors, editing, proofreading, major reorganization, or otherwise "fixing" student writing is counter-productive to a students' mastry of their own writing skills, and thus counter to our goals.

Grade or Academic Counseling: Students are responsible for the information they collect. We strive to provide accurate, helpful information to students who use the Writing Center. We believe improvements in writing generally coincide with improvements in classroom performance, but our primary goal is to help students understand and master writing skills, not to "get" a student a better grade.


Off-Campus and Distance Education Policy

The Uvalde campus Writing Center will offer feedback and tutoring services to off-campus and distance education students via the Campus Cruiser (Portal) or by email to writing.center@swtjc.edu.

Faculty who would like their students to submit work through the Portal must submit class rosters to the Writing Center Coordinator. The class roster will then be added to the Writing Center Portal "class," WRIT 0100.

Students will receive comments regarding their writing assignments from one of the trained study leaders or from the Writing Center Coordinator. The Writing Center does not re-teach class material or do the editing or revising for the student, rather students should expect to be engaged in a conversation about their writing assignments in which they can learn strategies for improving their own writing. On and off-campus students should submit their writing in advance of the due date so as not to limit the feedback and revising process. Therefore, assignments for off-campus students should be submitted at least 3 working days before the due date.


Fall 2014 Tutor Schedule

Fall 2014 Writing Center Tutor Schedule


Satisfaction Surveys

Uvalde Writing Center survey

Eagle Pass Writing Center survey

Del Rio Writing Center survey 


2014 Writing Contest Winners

2014 Short Story Contest Winners 

First Place: Raymond J. Stanford (SWTJC Hondo)

Click here to read "Jenny Death" 

Second Place: Diego Villarreal (SWTJC Eagle Pass)

Click here to read "The G.E.M."

Third Place: Wendy Hinsey (SR-RGC Del Rio)

Click here to read "A Shot in the Dark"

Fourth Place: Elizabeth Garcia (SWTJC Eagle Pass)

Click here to read "Vestiges of Sanity"