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 your first-year English class, 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.
The Writing Center is located in Renfro Library, room 133. Tutoring is available during the highlighted times shown on the schedule. Drop-ins are welcome Sun-Thurs, or you can stop by the center and make an appointment. Problems or questions? Email Virginia Bower or Felice Lopez Bell.
We occasionally close for inclement weather, holidays, and university breaks. Please keep an eye on your daily emails for news about Writing Center closings.
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.
Ms. 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.
Mrs. 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 (M.F.A.) at the University of Florida. I teach composition classes, creative writing classes, and business writing classes, and an occasional literature class. 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.
My name is Nick Bingham, and I am an English major with a minor in history. I am also part of the MHU Honors Program, Sigma Tau Delta, the Cadenza Literary & Arts Magazine editorial staff, and the Mars Hill TEP. I very much enjoy writing in any field, and I write poetry and prose as a hobby on my own time. I hope to be of use to you all and look forward to seeing you in the future!
Hello! My name is Tyler Branch. I’m originally from Forest City, North Carolina. I am a freshman here at Mars Hill University. I am an honors student at Mars Hill with a major in English and a double minor in Political Science and International Studies. Along with the Writing Center, I am also involved in the Student Government Association as the Freshman Class Vice President.
My name is Ashley Brewster and I am an Art Education major with a minor in English. I am hoping to also be certified to teach English by the time I am done here at Mars Hill. I like to read, do calligraphy, as well as doing other miscellaneous things in my free time (such as hiking and taking naps). I look forward to seeing you all in the writing center!
Hello, my name is Storm Cash. I am from Charlotte, NC, and I am a honors student in Class of 2020 at MHU. My major is Zoology with minors in Honors and Chemistry. I am also involved in Gay-Straight Alliance and TriBeta. The Writing Center assists at every stage of writing, and we hope to see you soon!
Hi, my name is Brendon Cyprianos. I am from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and I am a part of the class of 2021. My Major is Business Administration and I am also a part of the Mars Hill University swimming team.
Christine is a majoring in political science and business administration with a minor in French. She’s from Seattle and competes with the track team.
Hello! My name is Sammantha Hodges. I was born and raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I am a Biology Major with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Regional Studies. Along with working as a writing center tutor, I also help run the math center. After you come see me in the writing center, then you can come to the math center for help too! I look forward to meeting you!
Hello, my name is Tayler Hodges. I am from Hendersonville, North Carolina. I am currently an Elementary Education major with a minor in Music. I am part of the class of 2022, and I work in the writing center with my sister, Sammantha. I look forward to meeting you!
Hi! My name is Gabby Interdonato and I am a freshman here at MHU! I am double majoring in Sociology and Religion with a youth leadership concentration. I am involved in the honors program here on campus as well as the Sigma Alpha Omega sorority. This is my first semester being a writing center tutor and I am looking forward to seeing all of you in the writing center!
Hey! My name is Katie Lanier. I come from a small town in North Carolina, and am majoring in Art Therapy with an Honors Program minor. I love art and helping people come up with creative solutions to problems. I hope to see you all at the Writing Center!
Hi, my name is Eric Stone, and I am part of the 2022 class. I am currently pursuing an Integrated Education Major, and I am a Bonner Scholar. I am also an international student from Zacapa, Guatemala.
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.
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 be made at the Mind Space desk, over the phone at 828-689-1470, by emailing email@example.com.
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