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ASU Writing Center expands to Downtown Phoenix campus

September 03, 2009

ASU’s Writing Center has expanded its visibility by relocating to a new office at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

Last year the center was operating within the DPC’s Student Success Center, but now has a new location in the University Center. Under the umbrella of the University Academic Success Programs, all four ASU campuses have established Writing Centers.

“We want students to come to us at all different stages of writing, and we support them throughout their entire academic careers,” says Lisa Cahill, assistant director of the ASU Downtown Student Success Center. “We also want students, faculty and staff to see us as a resource for this campus, and hopefully our new location means that we’ll increase our visibility.”

An open house is set for students and faculty on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Center, 411 N. Central Ave., suite 164. Light refreshments will be provided. A brown bag forum, led by DPC faculty who will discuss how imagination and creativity influence academic research and writing, will follow the next day on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the same location.

The center’s professionally trained staff provides one-on-one sessions to help students understand assignments, explore, plan and organize ideas, draft, revise and proofread. In addition to supporting students, the DPC Writing Center also collaborates with faculty to support writing and research in the classroom.

“Most people think of writing centers as a place where they get theirs papers proofed or edited but we’re available to students at all stages of writing,” says Angela Clark-Oates, who is responsible for coordinating the DPC Writing Center. “We encourage students to come in at the start of the process so they can further develop their writing habits.”

Those habits include discussion of possible topics, generating ideas for an outline, analyzing the effectiveness of a thesis statement, evaluating and integrating research material, discovering different types of introductions and conclusions, exploring vocabulary and word use and sentence structure and grammar. The center also teaches various styles of writing, including Modern Language Association (MLA); American Psychological Association; Journal of the American Dietetic Association and Associated Press.

For more information on the ASU Downtown Writing Center, call (602) 496-0354 or visit

Lisa Cahill,
Assistant Director
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University
(602) 496-0365