Writing papers can be a struggle for some students, but they can seek assistance at the Writers’ Corner in 102 Ordway Hall.
The writing center is open Monday through Thursday and is closed Friday through Sunday.
Some of the services offered are one-on-one tutoring sessions, assistance with drafting research papers and marketing proposals and advice on editing and writing projects for any Amarillo College class.
Those best helped by the tutoring service are English-as-a-second-language students and those enrolled in writing and composition classes. All students are welcome, however.
Maria Barrientez, a sonography major, said she began going to the Writers’ Corner to work on her English skills. Her English professor, Matthew Goodman, recommended her to the tutoring center.
“I have been coming here for two years, and it’s a very comfortable and helpful environment,” she said.
The Writers’ Corner staff consists of AC students who tutor other students.
“I have always loved the Writers’ Corner and jumped at the job opportunity,” said Ethan Ortega, an English major. “English is one of my favorite subjects.”
Lisa Hanney, an interior design major, created the area’s environment after she won a design contest conducted by Ann Fry, an assistant professor of interior design. Hanney’s initial vision was to adapt to circumstances beyond her control.
The room is equipped with soft lighting and was designed to be inviting. “It is a great environment, and I enjoy talking about intellectual and literature-related topics,” Ortega said.
Dr. Dan Ferguson, English department chairman, proposed the idea of a writing center to Dwight Huber, the former English department chairman, in 2009.
“I had taught it at Texas Tech University and had seen there what my own students accomplished by getting tutoring services, and this is one of the first things I did as English department chairman,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson began his AC career as a part-time instructor and worked his way up to English department chairman in 2008. The tutoring service opened its doors on July 6, 2010. Ferguson played a significant part in securing funding and finding other resources.
Records show that last semester, 529 students were helped, and many have returned. Charlie Clark, the Writers’ Corner coordinator, said it is best known for its excellent coffee and superior tutoring services.
For more information, call 345-5580 or visit the Writers’ Corner page at www.actx.edu.