The Writing Center @ Houghton College

The Writing Center is a free, walk-in service available to all Houghton College students.

A sign-up sheet is posted on the door for anyone wanting to schedule a conference in advance. Let our friendly, trained peer consultants - whose goal is to facilitate better understanding in matters of purpose, audience, focus, support, development, organization and voice rather than merely to proofread - talk with you about your writing projects in all stages: brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing. Whenever possible, please bring your assignment sheet and any grading criteria provided with you to your meeting.

Feel free to contact Prof. Laurie Dashnau with any questions or concerns.

Fall 2018 Writing Center (ChC 101) Hours

(Please contact Prof. Laurie Dashnau at for appointments during the first two weeks of class.)

Fall 2018 Writing Center Hours

Mondays 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Anna Schilke

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Grace Sommons
Anna Schilke

Wednesdays 9:15-10:45 a.m. 
Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Abigail Reeth
Melissa Hodde
Nicole Soggs

Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Grace Sommons
Kayla Simmons

Fridays 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Deven Blowers


Fall 2018 Writing Center Online Hours

Fall 2018 Writing Center Online Hours

Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Kristen Savastano

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kristen Savastano

This message is a friendly reminder that our Writing Center here at Houghton is an excellent resource that is available for you! We have a Writing Center tutor who will be available via Skype twice a week: 

Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday mornings 10:00 am-noon

Skype Address: writingcenter.hconline

The function of the tutor is to assist students in strengthening an existing paper by providing feedback and discussion in how you may improve. You will therefore need to

1) Schedule enough time to create a first draft prior to your session

2) Email your paper submission to no later than 24 hours in advance

  • Please include in your email to Dr. Dashnau which 30-60 minute window you desire a Skype session. If you are not available during the regularly scheduled times, please include when you are available for an alternate session.
  • Please look for an email from Dr. Dashnau confirming your paper submission and scheduled session. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.

3) Allow additional time to make corrections and expand on suggestions PRIOR to the paper's deadline (this is not an editing service . . . you will have more work to complete after your Skype session). 

Sign up for an appointment on campus

Appointments at the Writing Center are available in half hour increments during the times listed below. Please provide up to three options for your appointment. You will be contacted by email to confirm your appointment.

Your name

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