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The following statements were contributed by former Writing Center staff members during training sessions. These statements represent the tutors' views on writing and their roles in helping students become stronger and more confident writers. (Note: Some words or phrases have been altered or removed for purposes of clarity and conciseness. Otherwise, however, the original phrasing has been retained.) 

What do we believe about writing?

  • Everyone is capable of writing. ~Amanda Young 
  • Individuals possess their own writing styles. ~Dennis Ryan 
  • Writing is a way to express oneself, like dance or music, and yet present information to those looking for it. ~Jared Synan 
  • Writing is all about oneself. ~Marni Baluta 
  • Good writing connects with readers. ~Hannah Brooks 
  • Good writing interests readers. ~Ashley Neptune 
  • Writing is meant to be understood by a larger audience. ~Gina Maggio 
  • Every job involves some form of writing. ~Marni Baluta 
  • All people must possess basic skills necessary for effective communication. ~Wade Flickinger 
  • It is essential that all people be effective writers and it is our job to help everyone reach that goal. ~Drew Greenwald

What do we believe about our roles as tutors?

  • We want to help students see writing as a not-so scary process. ~Amanda Young 
  • Our Center is available to all students who seek to improve their writing. ~Drew Greenwald 
  • We work to make sure students learn how to fix their common errors so that they can better express themselves. ~Wade Flickinger 
  • We give students not only advice and encouragement but also confidence in themselves. ~Dennis Ryan 
  • The Writing Center enables the student to seek out a second opinion on his or her paper. ~Ashley Neptune 
  • We should help the student identify the purpose of his or her paper. ~Gina Maggio 
  • I do not interfere with the author’s message. I clarify it. ~Jared Synan 
  • The Writing Center is a place where students can go for help without feeling judged. ~Sarah Taylor 
  • We help students grow into original and successful writers. ~Hannah Brooks 
  • The Writing Center’s goal for helping SFU students should be to improve students’ writing competency and uphold the motto of our university. ~Wade Flickinger