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Christina R. McDonald, Ph.D.
Institute Director of Writing

Ph: (540) 464-7240
Fax:  (540) 464-7779

English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450 

Contact Institute Writing

The Writing Center

The Writing Center complements and extends the writing instruction cadets receive in the classroom by providing help with a full range of activities to improve their writing, at any level and in any discipline.  Professional and peer writing consultants work with cadets in one-on-one conferences on every aspect of the writing process, from planning a paper to polishing the final draft.

The purpose of the Writing Center is to provide non-evaluative assistance for cadets who wish to become more confident, flexible, skillful writers. In accordance with the VMI Honor Code, the Institute's Work-for-Grade Policy, and the ethics of tutorial practice, the writing projects with which cadets receive assistance reflect their own work.  Therefore, consultants do not supply new ideas or phrasing, nor do they correct errors in the text. Instead, they help cadets develop the strategies and skills they need to improve their texts.  

Consultants model a range of writing behaviors, from brainstorming activities that lead writers to discover viable topics to sentence-combining strategies that enable cadets to express their ideas in more complex but clear prose. 

Writing Consultants Can Help You:

  • Conquer writer's block
  • Brainstorm and choose a topic
  • Develop an outline
  • Narrow your topic and formulate a thesis
  • Incorporate sources effectively
  • Acknowledge your sources
  • Develop strategies for revision, editing and proofreading
Writing Center Appointments

Fall/Spring Hours
Mon-Thur:  0800-1600, 1930-2230
Fri:  0800-1200
Sat:  Closed
Sun:  1500-2200

When you come please bring:
1.  Instructor's Assignment
2.  Two Copies of your draft

NOTE: Your ID card is required to gain access to Carroll Hall for evening appointments.

We look forward to seeing you and your writing!

Please cancel an appointment as early as possible if you can't make it so that someone else can have your spot. 

No-show policy: 

 If you fail to cancel your appointment and don't show up 3 times you'll be locked out of the system.