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Research & Writing Center

The Research & Writing Center at Southern Adventist University

Schedule an Appointment

The Research & Writing Center is your writing resource at SAU. We offer one-to-one, individualized writing tutorial sessions. Our writing tutors are dedicated, experienced student writers who are trained in the research and writing process and who excel at working with others in a professional academic environment. Wherever you are in the writing process, regardless of the course or discipline, we can help.

What happens in a Research & Writing Center Session?

Each session with a writing tutor lasts 30-60 minutes. You and the writing tutor will read and discuss the piece of writing you are working on. By the time you leave the Research & Writing Center, you should have a clearer sense of where you want to go next and some strategies to help you get there. Our writing tutors are happy to work with you on

·       brainstorming at the start of an assignment
·       clarifying your paper’s organization and flow
·       developing and sustaining an argument
·       incorporating research and sources effectively
·       citing sources accurately in MLA, APA, or Chicago style
·       editing a paper
·       any writing you are working on

What should I bring to the Research & Writing Center?

·       The assignment sheet for the piece of writing that you are working on
·       A hard copy of the piece of writing you are working on

How can I schedule an appointment?

To schedule a session, click here for the online scheduler. From there, you will be able to see when our writing tutors are available and make an appointment at a date and time that works with your schedule. You may schedule an appointment up to the desired appointment time. You may make a 30 or 60 minute appointment. Please make sure that you come to a scheduled appointment on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be considered a no-show and our writing tutors will help students who are waiting for an appointment. If you can not make it to your appointment, it is very important that you cancel the appointment immediately (by deleting it on the online scheduler) so that another student can schedule an appointment at that time. The system will only allow you to make appointments 7 days in advance. Walk-ins, of course, are also welcome, though scheduling sessions in advance is highly recommended.

If you are an online student and can not come to the Research & Writing Center, you may schedule an appointment to work online with one of the writing tutors. You will use the online appointment scheduler to schedule an appointment. You will then need to download the free program, which allows screen sharing and shared control of your piece of writing thus making it possible for you to have an online session with a writing tutor. After you have scheduled an appointment and downloaded, email Sonja Fordham ( with your 9-digit code so that she can pass on the code to the writing tutor. This service is only for SAU's online students.

 Fall 2014 Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday - 9am-noon
Sunday 2-9pm


Sonja Fordham
423-236-2384 (11am-9pm)


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