University Writing Center



Mission Statement of the University Writing Center
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“In a writing center the object is to make sure that writers, and not necessarily their texts, are what get changed by instruction. In axiom form, it goes like this: our job is to produce better writers, not [necessarily] better writing.” (Stephen North’s “The Idea of the Writing Center”) 

The University Writing Center’s writing consultants/peer tutors offer an array of expertise and writing support in one-on-one and group settings to all writers on any project at any stage of the writing process. Through collaborative engagement between writers, ideas, and texts, we support writers in their growth and development by connecting them with resources and teaching them techniques and strategies for improving and honing their writing. 

The University Writing Center also seeks to support faculty and classrooms in best practices for teaching and learning writing through workshops and in-classroom support designed to meet the specific needs of every individual. In the fast-paced environment of the University setting, students may at times focus much on “getting through” a given writing task as opposed to being actively engaged and present in the writing task. 

Our goal is to guide students throughout the process of crafting their own writing identities so that they may take these skills learned in the Writing Center (or rhetorical situation) across contexts.  The goal: to produce a writer who can engage in transfer-oriented thinking, which ultimately leads to the longitudinal success of each and every student writer. The University Writing Center aims to help students think critically about what you know about writing and how one is drawing upon that knowledge when engaging in the writing process.

What We Do… 

At the University Writing Center, students may come in or meet virtually at any stage of the writing process and with any type of writing. We seek to guide students throughout the writing process in search of a sense of personal growth as writers, students, and socially responsible citizens.

Some of the Genres of Writing we Typically See…

  • Essays, Lab Reports, References, Theses, Annotated Bibliographies, etc. 
  • Graduate School Applications
  • Educational and Professional Portfolios
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letters and Resumes
  • Creative Writing

We Assist Writers With… 

  • Figure out assignment prompts and what the instructor values
  • Brainstorm ideas and topics
  • Guide the drafting process and provide assistance with revisions
  • Contribute to the researching process and help with proper documentation
  • Improve organization, coherence, development, grammar, argument and support

***In response to COVID-19, regularly scheduled hours have moved strictly to remote, virtual consulting sessions. We are still available to meet with you and look forward to being able to continue our traditional operating procedure in the near future.

Hours and Locations…

*Due to COVID-19, all hours of operation remain the same but are remote/virtual sessions until further notice.      **In-person locations TBD

Daytime Hours

Monday-Friday:

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Evening Hours

Monday-Thursday:  

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday:               

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Meet our Writing Consultants 

  • MacVincent Agha-Oko
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    My name is MacVincent Agha-Oko. I am an undergraduate Junior, with a major in Computer Engineering and an intended minor in Business Administration. I grew up in the beautiful city of Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria; and left Nigeria for the first time in 2018 after being awarded a scholarship to study here at Claflin University.

    While I have a wide range of interests, I majorly focus on the areas of technology and business. Whether it is for a class assignment or a journal entry after a stressful day, writing has been the preferred medium through which I try to give form to my thoughts, make sense of society, clarify my ideas, and a medium to communicate those same ideas to others.

  • Amarachi Kalu-Onuma

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    Hi Everyone! My name is Amarachi Kalu-Onuma. I am a senior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Cyber Security. I am originally from Lagos, Nigeria. I have been working in the writing center for a little over two years now. I have experience with critiquing resumé’s, cover letters for internships/ graduate applications. I also have experience ensuring that you follow the MLA format guidelines. If you need help ascertaining your content aligns with your professor’s requirements for a paper, or you think your paragraphs/ sentence construction needs some assistance, I am the person for you! I look forward to working with you all virtually this semester!

  • DarKon Hudson

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    I am a junior double major in Finance and English from Orangeburg, SC. I enjoy writing but most importantly I enjoy helping other people write. A fun fact about myself is that I enjoy cooking.

    I’m interested in working with students and their writing because once upon a time I wasn’t a strong writer, myself. However, with work I became a very profile.

    I’m interested in working with students and their writing because once upon a time I wasn’t a strong writer, myself. However, with work I became a very proficient writer and I just want to help others get there.

  • Frederick Uy

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    Frederick is a second-year visionary student with a double major in Finance and Computer Science at Claflin University. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree, he intends to continue pursuing an MBA with concentration on Entrepreneurship and a Master’s in Computer Science. He is a recognized Forbes Under 30 Scholar and has been accepted to various conferences sponsored by S&P 500 Companies, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Deloitte to name a few. 

    Committed to leadership excellence and economic empowerment, he served as the president of Global Student Organization at Claflin University and the Team Leader for Up to Us Chapter, which is a nationwide competition raising awareness about the national debt. Currently, he is an ambassador of Career Development and National Sales Network. Outside the classroom, he is a HBCU Venture Capital Class 3 Fellow, a fellowship that is focused on raising awareness about venture capitals for minorities. 

    He has interned at Dominion Energy as a Data Analyst and as a Field Marketing Intern at Oracle Net Suite.

  • Nnenna Odeghe

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    Hi! My name is Nnenna Odeghe. I am from Nigeria. I am a junior Finance and Accounting major here at Claflin University. I decided to major in Finance and Accounting because I enjoy the process of managing and effectively utilizing capital to achieve a specific goal. As you can tell, I love numbers!

    I think of writing as an art, an opportunity to share our thoughts and opinions. It can be so much fun if we remember to be patient and pace ourselves!

    In my downtime, I enjoy playing tennis, reading a good book, and writing entries on my personal-finance blog. 

    I am so glad you decided to visit the Writing Center today, and I look forward to working with you, as your Writing Center Consultant!

  • Bellrica Williams

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    I am from Denmark, South Carolina. I am a junior, majoring in English with a concentration in Literature and minoring in Business Administration.

    I enjoy the opportunity to work with students and explore their thoughts and writing styles. I have always had a passion for writing ever since I was in elementary school. There was not a day that went by where I did not have a pen and a piece of paper in my hand diligently writing my own stories. 

  • Rushay Larmond

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    Rushay Larmond is a new addition to the Claflin University’s Writing Center, where she will work hands on with students assisting with whatever writing assignments. As a child she has always been fascinated by writing and literature and was an English writing tutor in her former high school. She came to the United States to pursue a career path in the Sciences where she is now a junior here at Claflin University majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. Rushay is a grade A student especially when it comes to the English Language courses and has a humble, inviting persona. She believes that no one is perfect and should be resistant in asking for help. You can expect to be of comfort, treated with respect and gain the knowledge and insights needed to better your piece when working with Rushay as she tries her best not to disappoint. Do not be ashamed of your work, come to the writing center for it can only get better. 

    “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

     – Thomas Mann, Essayist & Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

  • Tiana Wilder

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    Tiana Wilder is a senior at Claflin University pursing a degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College. In her free time, she enjoys reading and knitting. 

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