Writing Center

director: Virginia Bower

assistant director: Felice Lopez Bell

Location: Renfro 133 (schedule)

The Mars Hill University Writing Center, located in Renfro Library, room 133, offers free writing tutoring for all MHU students. Writers are encouraged to make an appointment, but drop-in visits are welcome, time permitting.

Writing Center tutors are trained to provide assistance at all stages of the writing process, from prewriting to revising final drafts, and they work with writers in all disciplines. Whether you're working on that first essay for freshman English, tweaking a major research paper, or polishing your résumé for a job application, the tutors in the Writing Center can help you become a better writer.

Who We Are

Wc Tutors 2015 Spring

The Writing Center is staffed by trained peer tutors, students with strong writing skills and a desire to help others. To become a peer tutor, students must have successfully completed English 111 and 112 (or 113); additionally, tutors must enroll in a one-credit- hour course, ENG262-Peer Collaboration in Writing.

Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0018Ms. Virginia Bower
Writing Center Director & Associate Professor of English

As an associate professor in the Department of Language and Literature, I teach all levels of writing at MHU; in addition, I direct the college Writing Center, located in Renfro Library. As director of our Center, I supervise, train, and work with peer tutors in order to help them provide the best quality tutoring for MHU students. I oversee, as well, the college's campus-wide writing program which consists of writing-intensive courses that are paired with Writing Fellows, or classroom-based peer tutors. I love writing, and I love passing on this enthusiasm to students, especially those who are forever challenged by the craft of writing. In addition to being a teacher, I consider myself a lifelong learner; I've taken classes in Italian, landscaping, micro-economics, memoir writing, and Indian cooking. I hope that all students will take advantage of the support provided by the Writing Center to help them improve their writing, their grades, and their overall academic performance.


Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0016Mrs. Felice Lopez Bell
Writing Center assistant director and instructor of English

I have been teaching English courses at Mars Hill since 2008. I received my bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and my master's degree in fiction (MFA) at the University of Florida. I teach composition classes, creative writing classes, and business writing classes, and an occasional literature class. During fall 2015, I'll teach my first FYS 111 class, and the theme is graphic literature. I am the faculty adviser for the Cadenza Literary Magazine. In addition to working with the students here at MHU, I also coach and play soccer in Asheville.


Our tutors....

Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0003 Chad Capobianco
Hello! My name is Chad Capobianco, and I am a junior business major. I am also a member of the cycling team. I am from Athens, Georgia and love watching Georgia football.


Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0007 Victoria Barrett
I am from Newport, TN. I am in my second year at Mars Hill, and my major is psychology. I am on the golf team.


Abigail BiskachAbigail Biskach


2015 Writing Tutors12Danielle Dunn


Jordon EdwardsJordon Edwards


Jordan EfirdJordan Efird


Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0005Tricia Ellis
Well, hello! My name is Tricia and I am a junior here at the Hill. With an Apparel and Interior Merchandising major and a Business minor, I plan on helping people express themselves through the art of fashion. For now, I plan on helping people express themselves through writing in the Writing Center. My personal strengths are the structuring of good arguments, critical analysis papers, and research assignments. I'm so excited about this year and I can't wait to meet you in the Writing Center!

Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0006 Shelbie English
I am a junior at Mars Hill. I am an English major with a minor in French. I am also a Bonner Scholar and a member of Sigma Tau Delta. I hope to pursue a career in journalism following graduate school. I look forward to seeing you in the Writing Center.


Garrett FarrimondGarrett Farrimond


Erin FranceyErin Francey
Hello, my name is Erin Francey; I am from Denver, North Carolina. I am a sophomore this year with a major in zoology and a minor in psychology. I hope to add an English minor soon. I want to work in a zoo, but writing is a passion of mine. I look forward to working in the Writing Center this year!


Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0014Mandy Franck
Hello! I am Mandy Franck, and I am a sophomore here at Mars Hill. I am from New Kent, Virginia. I am a double major in business and English. In my free time during the week, I volunteer at the Madison County Animal Clinic. I can not wait to work with you in the Writing Center.


Angelica FreemanAngelica Freeman


Ariel GreenAriel Green


Jade HenkeJade Henke


Amanda KingAmanda King


Janie ParkerJanie Parker
Hi! My name is Janie and I am a sophomore here at Mars Hill. I am originally from south Florida but I have grown up in the Weaverville/Asheville area almost all of my life. I am currently an English major and I will be graduating with a certification to teach high school English. Writing is one of my biggest passions and I hope to be of some help to my fellow students in the Writing Center this year!


Writing Center Tutors 20140822 0002Hannah Rowe
I am originally from Houston, Texas and I am a second semester sophomore here at Mars Hill, with a double major in Fine Arts and English. I am a member of the volleyball team. I am actively writing during my free time in an effort to finish my first book. Writing has always been a strength of mine, and I am eager to share this ability with others. I aspire to become a published novelist, while at the same time keeping time available for artistic outlets such as graphic design, painting, and drawing.


Writing Cente Tutors 20140818 0008 Ciara Warren
Hello! My name is Ciara, and I am a sophomore here at Mars Hill University. I am currently an English major, witha double minor in Spanish and business. I am also a Challenger this year. I truly cannot wait to contribute to the Writing Center.


What Students and Faculty Should Know about the MHU Writing Center:

Tutoring sessions are limited to 45 minutes maximum. If your assignment requires more time, please make an additional appointment for later in the week. Also, we have a 10-page maximum restriction on all assignments. These parameters help to encourage students seeking writing assistance to be actively engaged in the tutoring experience.

Appointments Available

Feel free to stop by the Writing Center to make an appointment for a tutoring session. While appointments are not necessary (and drop-ins are welcome), an appointment will assure you the time you need with a tutor. Appointments can only be made AT THE WRITING CENTER!!

What We Do...and Don't Do...

Peer tutors in the Mars Hill University Writing Center WILL...

  • assist with writing assignments at any stage of the writing process
  • provide kind, considerate, and professional tutoring
  • help writers develop a clear sense of "the next step" for writing assignments once they leave the Center
  • tutor up to 10 pages of text per 45-minute session
  • complete a tutoring report for each student who receives help from a tutor in the Writing Center

Peer tutors in the Mars Hill University Writing Center WON'T...

  • write papers for students
  • correct written work (tutors work with students to find problems and to eliminate them)
  • give students topics (that's up to students and/or their professors)
  • guarantee an "A" for having visited the center (students who seek help with writing assignments at the Writing Center will most assuredly improve in their writing, which is the main goal of the center)
  • work on assignments that are longer than 10 pages (if your assignment is longer, you must return for a separate tutoring session for each 10 pages)