Writing Center

Writing Center

Director: Felice Lopez Bell
Location: Renfro 133


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.

We occasionally close for inclement weather, holidays, and university breaks. Please keep an eye on your daily emails for news about Writing Center closings.


Our tutors are available to help you throughout the day and evening on Zoom, Face Time, and/or in-person. Use the Penji scheduling app. to see your options and make an appointment.  Users can access Penji through our webapp (no downloading necessary!) web.penjiapp.com. They can use their MHU username and log-in to create an account.

You don’t need to make an appointment to drop into the Writing Center. Just bring your mask!

  • Sunday – Thursday: 5pm-9pm
  • Monday: 11am-1pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm-1pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-1pm

You can also use Penji to access Zoom drop-in at the following times without an appointment:

  • Sunday: 4pm-5pm
  • Monday: 2pm-3pm and 9pm-10pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-11am and 2pm-3pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm-3pm and 9pm-10pm
  • Thursday: 2pm-3pm and 9pm-10pm

If you have questions or experience difficulty scheduling an appointment, please email writingcenter@mhu.edu or flopez@mhu.edu.


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.


Mrs. Felice Lopez Bell
Writing Center 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.




Eriana Ansley

Hello! My name is Eriana Ansley. I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and I am a part of the 2021 class. I am double majoring in Apparel and Interior Merchandising and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I am also involved in the MHU Student- Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and I am a member of the Mars Hill University Volleyball team.

Cassidy BelcherCassidy Belcher

Hello! My name is Cassidy Belcher. I am from Marshall, NC and I am part of the class of 2023 at MHU. I am an Elementary Education major and Sociology minor. I am also a Bonner Scholar and love being at The Hill!



Ashley Brewster

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!

Alexander BouhlelAlexander Bouhlel

Hi, my name is Alexander Bouhlel and I am part of the class of 2021. I am from Bretten, Germany, and I am majoring in Business Administration with a minor in International Studies. I am also member of the Mars Hill University swim team.

Brendon Cyprianos

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.

Morgan HallMorgan Hall

Hi! My name is Morgan Hall. I am from Connelly Springs, North Carolina and I am part of the class of 2022. I am currently pursuing a major in Chemistry with a minor in Honors. I am part of the MHU Honors Program, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and I am a member of the Mars Hill University swim team. I look forward to seeing you and working with you!


Tayler Hodges

Hello, my name is Tayler Hodges. I am from Hendersonville, North Carolina. I am currently an English 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!

Brianna MoffittBrianna Moffitt

Hey! I’m Bri. I’m a Music Education major and in the Class of 2023. I’ve always had a passion for words and how they work, which led me to becoming a bookworm, writer and a chronic language-learner. I currently play euphonium in multiple ensembles here at MHU and I am a part of Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as a member of the eSports club. I want to do all I can to help people with what I know can be one of the most difficult parts of being a student — writing! I hope to be able to do that for you soon!

Lauren Sermersheim

Hey! I’m Lauren Sermersheim, and I am part of the class of 2024! I was born and raised in Travelers Rest, South Carolina but, my family fell so in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains that we very recently moved to Asheville! I am a Bonner Scholar and love volunteering in the community. I love spending time out around campus, but you’re most likely to find me in my favorite spot on the bench under the tree outside of Wall Science Building. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your best quality of writing!

Eric Stone

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.

Amaya TippsAmaya Tipps

Hello, my name is Amaya Tipps, and I am from Statesville, North Carolina. I am a part of the class of 2024, and I am currently a Bonner Scholar. While here at Mars Hill University, I plan to major in Zoology.

Hannah Weidenhamer

Hello, my name is Hannah, I am a Business major and I intend to graduate in May of this year. I enjoy music and playing the flute, as well as I enjoy reading in my free time.

Kimberly WellsKimberly Wells

Hi! My name is Kimberly Wells. I was born and raised in Garner, North Carolina, and I am part of the class of 2024. I am pursuing majors in both Music and International Studies, and I am also a member of the sorority Sigma Alpha Omega. In my free time, I like to play piano, dance, read, play video games, and study languages. I look forward to working with you!

Other Writing Center Tutors:

Bailey Beeman
Cayleigh Kolodzik


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.


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)
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