The Hortense Parrish Writing Center, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building (HU 209), is a UT Martin support facility. Our goal is to provide the feedback and resources students need to improve their skills and confidence as writers, and we provide free assistance to all UTM students, faculty, and staff.
We fulfill our mission by fostering the growth of individual writers through individualized sessions with experienced writing consultants and student tutors. Additionally, we serve as an academic support service, offering educational materials, classroom workshops, roundtable discussions, special presentations, and orientation sessions for both individuals and classes. The center's online presence enables students in both on-campus and off-campus locations to access some of the support services offered through the Online Writing Center (OWL) and our online Zoom tutoring.
We invite you to take a look at our list of services, or simply visit one of our locations to talk to our staff.
A now-retired composition teacher at UTM, Hortense Parrish founded our writing center by volunteering her time to help students with their writing.
The Hortense Parrish Writing Center is committed to the six values set forth by The University of Tennessee at Martin: excellence in the teaching/learning process, integrity, leadership, community, inclusiveness, and creativity. The mission of the center, the listed outcomes, and the day-to-day work of the center also reflect the mission statements of the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and The University of Tennessee at Martin. Furthermore, the "Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition" from the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) serves as a guide for defining outcomes in rhetorical knowledge, in critical thinking, reading, and writing, in processes, in knowledge of conventions, and in composing in electronic environments.
The Writing Center's mission, goals, and stated outcomes are closely aligned with those of the university. The Writing Center also recognizes that more specific outcomes are defined at the departmental level. Staff members underscore the center's role in supporting writing improvement, and they recognize that they are participating, as stated by those in the Writing Center at Oregon State University, "in a campus-wide effort in support of students who are learning to write in complex global, academic, and professional environments."
Outcome: Students who use the Writing Center to engage in discussions about purpose, audience, tone, voice, the writing process, basic grammar and mechanics, and conventions of format and structure will demonstrate expanded skills in reading, writing, and thinking critically and creatively.
Outcome: Students who use the writing center to engage in discussions about using electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, revising, editing, documenting, researching, and sharing texts will have a greater understanding of when information is needed and will have an improved ability to locate, evaluate, and use the needed information.
Outcome: Students who use the Writing Center for one-with-one tutoring, immersion activities, and roundtable discussions will have numerous opportunities for improving cross cultural understanding, international awareness, and appreciation of their own culture.