The Shenandoah University Writing Center takes as its primary mission one-to-one instruction in writing for all SU students. The conferences between students and the Writing Center staff, either face-to-face or online, work to enable students to learn productive habits in pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. Using directive and non-directive instructional techniques, the Centers staff encourages students to do their own work but to value consultation as a valuable part of composing. The ultimate goal of the Center is to develop more able student writers. When a student leaves the Writing Center after an appointment, he or she will be further along in the process of producing a polished piece of writing.
The Center also strives to promote and support writing across the curriculum, serving students from all courses at all levels. The Staff also makes presentations to classes about writing and the Writing Center, while the Director of the Writing Center is available to faculty for consultations about designing assignments and integrating writing in non-English courses.
Finally, the Center also provides online resources for students who, for various reasons, may not be able to visit the Center in person. These resources, which include a databank of instructional materials, email tutoring, and links to websites containing MLA, APA, Chicago, ASA, and CSE documentation information.