Writing Center rebounds from scheduling revisions


Sponsors Beth Berry and Melissa Daniels pose with Writing Center consultants outside of Twin Hickory Public Library, where they recently attended a virtual conference on student-run writing centers. (Photo sourced from DRHS Instagram account)

Rae Rectenwald, Staff Writer

The Writing Center is a unique service at Deep Run, modeled after university writing centers, that aids students in their writing through the work of volunteer student consultants.  

   “By coming to the Writing Center, students are getting constructive feedback and help on their writing which they may not have been able to see themselves,” junior and Writing Center consultant Adi Suresh said. 

   With numerous schedule changes since their opening, the Center has faced challenges adjusting to the modifications. In prior years, the team met during One Lunch, which has been on hiatus since March 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19 and cafeteria staffing shortages. Last year, the Center consultants adapted to provide consultation services virtually. This year, they adapted their operational schedule again – twice. The consultants have had difficulties, but have remained flexible because of how much they value their positions in the center. 

   “Nevertheless, the amazing dedication of our co-sponsors, Mrs. Berry and Ms. Daniels, [was] the integral factor in overcoming the schedule changes,” junior and Writing Consultant Sophia George said. 

   The consultants consider the Writing Center a learning experience in growing as writers themselves, but also in becoming more confident about advising consultees. They have learned essential technical and soft skills guaranteed to serve them later in their lives. 

   “I trusted my capabilities more after every consultation. I also became a more effective listener if students desired to work on something specific. I’ve learned to be prepared and stay vigilant regardless of the amount of sleep I get or work I need to finish,” junior and Writing Consultant Camryn Hervey said. 

   Students of all grades and ability levels can make an appointment with a consultant for any of their writing needs. The Center is open by appointment during morning Wildcat Connection on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in room 212. If you are interested in their services, sign up at www.tinyurl.com/wcstudentsignup/