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Days Open:         Sunday - Thursday

Hours:                 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location:           Honsey Hall 217


The mission of the Ada Stokes Writing Center is to help BLC students grow as independent critical thinkers and writers. As such, tutors offer support in the areas of academic essay writing, creative writing, cover letter writing, digital writing (i.e., web content), resume writing, and graduate application essay writing. Additionally, the tutors in the center are dedicated to the writing process. The writing process includes...

  • Understanding an assignment
  • Research strategies
  • Critical reading strategies
  • Source integration techniques
  • Brainstorming methods
  • Thesis statement development
  • Topic sentence development
  • Drafting, revising and editing

Regardless of your writing needs, or your level of ability, we are here to serve. Come to see us!


Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are given priority.


Emily: Assistant Coordinator

BLC Senior: English Major, Communication Minor

Favorite Quote: “Meaning is not what you start with, but what you wind up with.” ~Peter Elbow

Commentary: No matter how difficult it is to write, you just have to keep going. You might surprise yourself or you might not; continuing to write is the hardest battle. To win the war you must not give up on your process.



BLC Junior: English/Multimedia Writing Major, Philosophy Minor

Favorite Quote: "Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

CommentaryIsolate your thoughts and allow them to flourish, completely oblivious to the outside world. Embrace divergent thinking and challenge conformity. In essence, pursue your creative passions with purity and an everlasting devotion to your truth for you are the only one capable of offering it to the world. 



BLC Junior: English & Media Arts Majors
Favorite Quote: "Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard." ~David McCullough
Commentary: I love this quote. It simplifies the scary act of writing to something everyone understands: thinking clearly. You're transforming the ever-swirling jumble of thoughts inside your head into something organized and permanent. It's hard, but everyone has thoughts, so anyone can do it. It's comforting, it's rewarding, it's beautiful.



BLC Junior: English Major, Multimedia Writing Track

Favorite Quote: “The best advice I can give on this is, once it's done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. When you're ready, pick it up and read it, as if you've never read it before. If there are things you aren't satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that's revision." ~Neil Gaiman

Commentary: I can fall into the trap of wanting to perfect my writing in one or two drafts, even though this does not help me grow as a writer or thinker. Real growth happens when I take a step back from my writing and approach revision with a fresh perspective or "new eyes," as Gaiman says. Though my first few drafts of anything might be terrible, it does not mean I'm a bad writer or thinker; it means I have the endless potential to improve and grow! 



BLC Senior: English/Multimedia Writing Major; Communication & Spanish Minors
Favorite Quote: "Good writing is formed partly through plan and partly through accident." ~Ken Macrorie
Commentary: This quote speaks to me because it truly captures the essence of writing. Writing often takes effort and planning, but you never know when inspiration will strike. I’ve had many moments in which a fully-formed idea came to me suddenly, without any planning. Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” and I think writing is the same way — you never know what you’re going to get. Having a plan for your writing is encouraged, but at the same time don’t be afraid to open yourself up to unexpected possibilities. 


BLC Junior: English Major, Spanish Minor

Favorite Quote: "Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window." ~William Faulkner

Commentary: My family would say that I never needed a reminder to read. As an English major, it often seems that there is pressure to have read all of the literary "classics," most of which I have not read! I appreciate Faulkner's reminder that everything we read has the ability to teach us truths about ourselves and the world, or simply teaches us how to communicate through writing. Everything that we read, just as everything we say or do, has an impact and shapes who we are. 



BLC Junior: English & Religion Majors, Communication Minor

Favorite Quote: "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug" ~ Mark Twain

Commentary: Great writing is impactful; it changes us on a personal level that almost nothing else can reach. The difference between good writing and great writing is in the chosen words. It may seem like picking between Skittles and M&M's, but in reality, you're choosing to hit your reader with a water gun filled with cold water that will wake her up.


Jean-Marc: Asst. Event Coordinator

BLC Junior: Mechanical Engineering Major

Favorite Quote: “To look at the work of your peers, and learn how to explain with kindness and precision, the nature of their mistakes is, in fact, how you learn to diagnose your own work.” ~Steve Almond

Commentary: Sometimes being able to put ideas into words can be challenging. By helping others, we can learn what we lack. In that way, by helping others, we also help ourselves.