Writing Center

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 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.

Writing Center Fall 2017 Schedule

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.

Daytime hours:

  • Tues. 10am-11pm
  • Wed. 12pm-1pm
  • Thurs. 4-6pm

Evening hours:

  • 6:00-10:00pm Sun.-Thurs.

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.


Nick Bingham

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!

Tyler Branch

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.

Samantha Burns

Hello! I am Samantha Burns. I am an English Major, and I enjoy reading and writing. I am a member of the Track and Field team, and also a Student Ambassador. I hope to see you around, and especially hope to see you in the Writing Center!

Danielle Dunn

Hi! I’m Danielle, I’m a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Physical Education. I’m on the Cross Country team and I’m in the Honor’s Program. I’m from Elkin, North Carolina, which is only 30 minutes from Mount Airy (Mayberry), where the Andy Griffith Show took place!

Jordon Edwards

Hello, my name is Jordon Edwards and I am a sophomore at Mars Hill University. I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. I am a sister of Delta Zeta and an active member of College Republicans. I have always enjoyed writing and working in the Writing Center is my favorite on-campus job! If you ever need any help in any stage of the writing process come by and see me. I would be glad to help!

Jordan Efird

Hi Everyone! My name is Jordan Efird, and I’m a sophomore at MHU. I am a Social Work Major with minors in English and Women’s Studies. I am also a member of our on-campus national women’s music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. I am an active member in College Choir and Women’s Choir. In my spare time I enjoy reading fiction. I look forward to seeing you all in the center!

Christine Foresha
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.

Angelica Freeman

Hey! My name is Angelica Freeman. I am from southern Maryland. I am a Sophomore and am double majoring in Psychology and Biology with a minor in the Honors Program. This is my second semester working in the Writing Center. I can’t wait to see you!

Gabby Interdonato

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!

Ashleigh Jones

I grew up in Morehead City, North Carolina. I’m an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Biology. I’m a Sophomore and I enjoy writing short stories and poetry.

Tyler Martin

Hello! I am Tyler Martin. I am a Political Science major with a minor in coaching. I am an RA, First Year Mentor, and a Student Ambassador. I look forward to seeing you all!

Katie Lanier

Hey! My name is Katie Lanier, I’m a freshman, and this is my first semester at the Writing Center! 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!

Janie Parker 

Hi, my name is Janie and I’m a writing tutor and writing fellow here at MHU. I am originally from south Florida but I have lived in the Weaverville/Asheville area almost all of my life. I’m currently a junior majoring in English and minoring in Art Studio. Writing is something I’ve always enjoyed and I hope to be able to use my skills to assist anyone who may need help in any of their writing endeavors.

Hannah Spurlin 

Hello, my name is Hannah Spurlin. I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina. I am a sophomore and a Business Administration major. I enjoy shopping, blogging, and traveling. Hope to see you at the Writing Center!

New Tutors beginning fall 2017: Sammantha Hodges, Storm Cash, and Evan Lake



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 writingcenter@mhu.edu, or through our reservation system.


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)