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Writing Center FAQ

  • Frequently asked questions about the Writing Center at IUP Punxsutawney.

    Who works in the Writing Center?

    The Writing Center director is Lynn Shelly, associate professor of English at IUP. Shelly has many years of experience in teaching writing and in working with writers one on one. The assistant director is Lara Hauer, a graduate student in the English Department. In addition to Hauer and Shelly, graduate student Brittany Hall assists students at Punxsy in the Writing Center, as do volunteers Melissa Lutz (MA, English) and Jane Murphy (former English teacher).

    How do I sign up to work with a writing center mentor?

    Appointments are not necessary at the writing center. Just stop by during our hours, and we are happy to help you! But if you’d like an appointment, you can sign up for a 30-minute time slot on the clipboard outside the writing center. Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance. Around mid-term and just before finals week, the writing center can get busy. During these times, we suggest you make an appointment to be sure that you get the time you want.

    What should I bring with me to the Writing Center?

    If you’re working on an assignment for a course, it’s always a good idea to bring a copy of the assignment sheet and/or course syllabus. You’ll get more specific feedback if the mentor clearly understands what it is that you are working on. It’s also a great help if you bring any notes, brainstorming, outlining, or drafting relevant to the assignment.

    How can I make sure that my teacher knows I visited the writing center?

    If you would like your teacher to know that you worked with a writing center mentor, you can ask that a faculty report be sent.

    If you have additional questions about the writing center or want more information about events and activities, e-mail Lynn Shelly,, or Lara Hauer,