Due to the success of the Howe Writing Center in King Library, the center’s satellite location, the Windate Writing Center, is now open on Western campus in 18 Peabody Hall.
Kate Francis, program assistant for the Howe Writing Center, said that a former writing program, originally named the Windate Writing Program, already existed in that location, but it was student-run. According to Francis, the center will now be run by the same faculty and staff as the Howe Center and will have longer, and hopefully more convenient, hours.
Francis said the faculty and staff is enthusiastic about the opening, emphasizing that students will receive the same quality of service as in King Library.
“We provide the exact same service,” Francis said. “It is only smaller.”
According to Nick Powell, a junior who works at the Howe Writing Center in King, students on Western campus will be happy with writing center’s new convenient location.
Courtney Schartman, a first-year student who used the Howe Writing Center four times last semester, agreed.
“I think that it would be awesome to have a writing center on Western Campus because having a center only at King Library, it may be too far for some students,” Schartman said. “It may not be really accessible so having a writing center on Western would help those students who may not be able to reach King Library conveniently receive the same help on their writing as they would if they went to the Howe Writing Center at King.”
Schartman said she thinks the Howe Writing Center has been popular with Miami students since it provides positive and beneficial help from real writing consultants.
Powell agreed, claiming the King center has been popular so far.
“All last semester we’ve been booked up at the location at King,” Powell said. “The new center on Western Campus will give us more exposure to the student body.”
However, convenience aside, several of the features students enjoy at King will not be available at the smaller satellite location.
“It won’t have scrolling,” Powell said. “It won’t have the giant flat screens as Howe’s does, but it will have the same online scheduling and it will provide the same services. We will still sit down with students and help them with their writing.”
Francis said the Windate Writing Center could be used by everyone and will be open to all Miami students.
“We are so happy that the Howe (Writing) Center was so successful,” Francis said. “We hope that the new writing center is just as successful on Western Campus.”