Category: Announcements

Associate Director Dianna Baldwin’s New Book!

Book cover with the authors' avatars on the top and bottom. Our very own Associate Director, Dianna Baldwin, has recently published, with Julie Achterberg, an edited collection titled Women and Second Life: Essays on Virtual Identity, Work and Play. Fourteen writers are included in this collection, spanning topics from gender crossing to quilting. 

Great work, Dianna! We’re proud you call The Writing Center @ MSU home!

Spring Open Mic Night

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.43.42 PMIt’s that time again… time for our Spring Open Mic Night! Join us for entertainment, FREE food, and great company. All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win some great prizes.

  • When: TOMORROW, Thursday, April 4th at 6:00pm
  • Where: 300 Bessey Hall

Want to perform? It’s not too late to sign up! Visit this link to submit your name.

Spread the word, grab your friends, and we hope you see you tomorrow!


“I am CAL” Video Contest

Attention all College of Arts and Letters Students!  The Creativity Exploratory has a video contest where you could win a Kindle e-reader, and all you have to do is share your CAL story. Create a video that demonstrates what makes you College of Arts and Letters, whether it is classes, your extracurricular activities, your job, or anything, go ahead and make it into video format in the most fun and creative way possible. 

Once you have made a draft of your video, bring it to us at The Writing Center! We can help you with more than just writing, we can look over your video and offer our feedback and advice on what you can do to win that e-reader. Plus, we are always here to help brainstorm. So even if you are having trouble coming up with an awesome idea that will demonstrate what makes you CAL, come on in and talk through your ideas with us. We’re happy to help.

And then after you have finished your final product, upload your video to Youtube and email the link to by December 3.  Your video will then be posted on the I Am CAL Facebook page and if your video receives the most likes by December 7, YOU WIN!!

Finding Us at the BCC

Do you want to make a Writing Center appointment in the BCC? Did you hear about the staff there, and the cozy space, but have no idea how to find the location?  Here are step by step directions on how to find us.

We are located next to the Business school, the western wing is the Lear Business Center.  Go in the doors and down the hall to the first main hall on your right hand side.  About 75 feet down the hall is an elevator on your left. The elevator has a sign “The Place”.  Go in the elevator, press the “G” floor, and we are there for you!


Career Gallery at the Breslin Center

MSU Career Gallery 2012 logo

Time to pull out the resume. MSU’s annual Career Gallery is coming October 3rd and 4th.  They have over 250, yes I did say 250, employers coming.  It is so big only the Breslin Center could hold it.  The time is 2-6 pm.  On Wednesday the focus is Science, Engineering and Technology careers; on Thursday it is Business majors.  Even if you are not in the job market yet, it is a great idea to stop over and see what employers are looking for!

Remember, at The Writing Center we can help with cover letters, resumes and CVs. Many students come to the Business Communication Center (BCC) satellite to work on preparing those important documents for both jobs and internships.  Make an appointment soon to come and visit us.

The Writing Center’s New Locations: The MSU Union and McDonel Hall

South entrance to the MSU Union
The MSU Union

The Writing Center would like to invite you to check out our two new satellite locations at The MSU Union and McDonel Hall.

These new satellite locations have been opened to offer new and diverse locations to get the same great help as all of our other Writing Center locations. Whether you live just behind Albert Road or are a graduate student in Owen, these two locations have been open with our clients in mind.

The MSU Union location is a great place to come if you live in West Circle, or after you stop into the “original” Biggby and grab a cup of coffee. The MSU Union location is open 5pm-10pm on Sundays and 6:30pm-10pm Monday through Wednesday.

West entrance to McDonel Hall
McDonel Hall

Our new satellite location in McDonel Hall is located in room 105c and has extremely easy access to the Sparty’s in the next room over. This location provides easy access to The Writing Center services whether you live in Owen, Holmes, or McDonel itself. Graduate students, International Students, Lyman-Briggs students, and all kinds of students alike are welcome to check out this new location on Sunday from 5pm-10pm, Monday from 2pm-9pm, or Tuesday and Wednesday 6pm-9pm

New Floor….New Writing Center (almost)

A few week ago the Writing Center at Bessey Hall was closed for two days as we had new flooring installed in our high traffic areas. While everything was moved around our faithful and multi-talented writing consultants cleaned and scrubbed. Then everything was moved back, but thoughtfully transformed. You can see the difference even as you come in to the center. The registration desk is moved for better access and flow. We want you to feel welcomed from the first moment you get here.

An Open door to the writing center reveals new flooring and a re-positioned receptionist desk
Coming In

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Website Coordinator Wanted

We’re hiring! The Writing Center is looking for a Website Coordinator for this fall.

Website Coordinator Responsibilities

Maintain the day-to-day functions of The Writing Center website, and further
develop and expand the site as the needs of the center change.

Work closely with the Media Coordinator to develop content management
strategies for both the site and the center as a whole, as well as develop the
website to better integrate Writing Center media including social media, video,
audio, and visual content.

Required skills

  • Ability to create web documents using HTML and CSS
  • Familiarity with WordPress

Recommended skills

  • Ability to code PHP and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with and ability to develop pages using WordPress Functions
  • Basic knowledge of MySQL databases and phpMyAdmin
  • Basic knowledge of and/or experience with information architecture and content management


This position could be hourly for an undergrad or grad; and could also be an
assistantship line for a grad student with the appropriate skill set. As an
assistantship line, duties would also include serving as a part of The Writing
Center general staff, work as a writing consultant; this position includes working
with clients on various composing project in one-on-one and small group
sessions. May also include facilitating in-class workshops, especially those on
digital topics, e.g., composing for the web, digital storytelling, etc.

Please contact Dr. Trixie Smith, Director of The Writing Center, to apply or
ask questions, smit1254 (at) msu (dot) edu . Applications require a letter of interest, a
resume/CV, and a writing sample or two.