Welcome to the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center
(located in Raynor Library, Room 240)
The writing center offers peer tutoring to all Marquette students, staff, and faculty working on any and all writing projects.
Individual Writing Consultations
The heart of what we do is meet with writers to talk, one-on-one, about writing in progress. You are welcome to bring anything from first year English papers to graduate theses, from history papers to personal statements for law school. No matter where you are in the writing process--even if you just don't know where to start--we can help. We see writers in 30- or 60-minute sessions. Walk-ins are always welcome, but because we get busy, we recommend that you schedule your appointment ahead of time when possible.
Workshops for Writers
The Ott Memorial Writing Center will offer free workshops for writers on a variety of topics. Scheduling for Fall 2013 includes the following workshops.
- Sat February 8th, 10am-12pm, Writing Personal Statements in the Healthcare Professions (Raynor 227)
- T February 11th, 11am-12:15pm, Writing Effective Lit Reviews (Raynor D)
- M February 17th, 11am-12pm, A Punctuation Primer (Raynor A)
- T February 25th, 2-3pm, Writing In-Class Essay Exams (Raynor A)
- T March 18th, 3:30-4:30, Conference Presentations: Revising your Paper into a Presentation (Raynor A)
- M March 24th, 3-4pm, Creating Research Posters (Raynor A)
- M April 7th, 11am-12pm, Breaking Through Writer's Block (Raynor A)
- T April 15th, 11am-12pm, Writing Teaching Philosophy Statements (Raynor A)
To register for these workshops, please call 288-5542 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Wednesdays: Workshops for Faculty
Have you considered teaching with writing, but aren't quite ready to take the plunge? Do you assign writing and want to talk with others about your ideas and strategies for success? Come to our monthly workshops on writing, open to all faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants on the first Wednesday of each month.
- Revise and Resubmit. Have you submitted an article for review at a journal and received an invitation to revise your paper for further consideration? Would you like advice and encouragement from people who have successfully navigated the revise-and-resubmit process? A panel of experienced faculty writers and journal editors from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences will share their ideas and advice. W March 5th, 3:30-4:45 (Raynor Beaumeier Suite A)
- Innovative Approaches to Responding to Student Writing. Seeking new and effective ways to respond to student work? Wondering what it might be like to use portfolios and self-assessments? Ever considered assessing the paper while in conversation with the writer? Participants in this workshop will learn about two specific approaches used taken by experienced faculty and also generate strategies for use in their own courses and contexts. W April 2nd, 3:30-4:30 (Raynor Beaumeier Suite A)
Making Time and Space for Writing
Do you need to get more writing done but have trouble scheduling blocks of time? Do you find writing lonely and would you prefer to write in the company of other writers? Did you know that in a study conducted by Robert Boice, writers who wrote in regularly scheduled blocks (rather than waiting to feel inspired) produced three times as much text and reported enjoying writing more? Because many writers would benefit from more structure and less solitude as they write, we invite all writers across campus to participate in several new opportunities being offered by the Ott Memorial Writing Center.
- Write Here, Write Now, Fridays 9-10am,( Raynor 240). Join us for a bit of writing time in the comfy space of the writing center. It's not a formal writing group (no sharing of drafts with other writers), but it is an opportunity to get writing (and keep writing!) on a regular basis. Come every week if you schedule allows, or just drop in whenever you can. You bring whatever writing you're working on; we'll provide the comfy chairs and workspace. An experience tutor will be on hand to provide a friendly face, encouragement, and a fresh cup of coffee.
- Mini Writing Retreats. Need to set aside a larger chunk of time to hunker down and get some writing done? Sign up for one (or both) of our two 4-hour Mini Writing Retreats. Experienced writing center tutors will kick off the retreat by having participants set some specific and manageable goals--then the remainder of the time will be devoted to writing in various spaces throughout Raynor reserved by the Writing Center. Tutors will be available throughout the retreat for impromptu consultations. Light food and drink will be provided. Registration in limited to 20, so sign up today! (Mini writing retreats are open to all writers, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff.)
- March Mini Writing Retreat: Saturday March 29th, 10am-2pm (meet at 10am in Raynor A)
- April Mini Writing Retreat: TBA
- Marquette Literary Society. The Marquette Literary Society is a student run organization to support writers of fiction and poetry. The Ott Memorial Writing Center is delighted to support the work of this group by providing space to meet. More details will be forthcoming.
The writing center started in the mid-seventies with a CETA Grant and operated in Coughlin Hall, in the English Department. Still housed in the English Department, we moved first to Monitor Hall. In 2003 we moved to the Raynor Library.
In 1987, the family of Norman H. Ott endowed the writing center, in memory of Norman's great love of poetry, hoping to foster writing of all kinds at Marquette.