The Canisius College Writing Center is officially open for business in its newly renovated space located in room 127 in the library.
With a bigger space and 16 staff members, the center will be open roughly from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. based on the tutors’ availability. These are a few of the new aspects tied to the unveiling of their new space.
The space was given to the Writing Center by the library staff who offered to move their offices downstairs. The room used to consist of cubicles, but now has new furniture, carpeting, and fresh paint.
There are still some renovations left that will be completed soon. Some plans have already been drawn up for the empty space left in the back of the Writing Center where booth seating and high-top tables will be put in.
“We wanted it to be a space where people are able to just feel comfortable coming in and writing,” Director of the Writing Center Dr. Graham Stowe said.
The back of Writing Center, yet to be completed, will offer students a space to work on their writing. Students are welcomed to come into the center to utilize this space for their own work.
Stowe said that with a new space there is more room for new possibilities and projects to come in the near or distant future.
“I want the writing center to be both a space for people to work on academic writing but also a space for people to be involved in the writing community at Canisius and plugged into ways that they like to be creative,” Stowe said.
Plans to integrate more creativity in the Writing Center are underway as Stowe has ideas about holding writing workshops in the new space. With so many creative writing majors, he hopes to hold workshops for those with interests in subjects such as poetry or science fiction writing. He plans on possibly implementing an open mic, similar to what Stanford University’s holds in their Writing Center.
He’s also working on purchasing artwork from students and possibly even local artists to display throughout the center.
Stowe said playing through avenues of different types of creativity helps people come up with ideas and helps them to figure out what they think about certain things.
“It’s part of how we approach our work; valuing every person’s individuality and their own language, the way that they chose to speak and write,” Stowe said.
These ideals will soon be displayed in the Writing Center as they are working on creating a poster of their mission statement. Stowe said the center helps students with writing and is not a proofreading center. Tutors help students read over papers, understanding assignments, finding their own voice, and brainstorming ideas.
Appointments for the Writing Center are encouraged and can be made online, while students are also welcome to stop by if they have any quick questions. An open house with a for students will be held soon where pizza will be offered and students can talk with the tutors.