Writing Center

Becoming a good lawyer requires being a good writer. The Writing Center aims to give students a solid writing foundation.

  • Writing Specialist:
    Rebecca Elswick

    Writing and Public Relations Specialist
    (276) 935-4349, Ext. 1239
    M.Ed., English East Tennessee State University (1983)
    B. A., East Tennessee State University (1980)
    Rebecca Elswick, a native of Grundy, is a retired teacher for Buchanan County Schools. She is an adjunct instructor of writing and literature for Southwest Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She is a teacher consultant for the UVA Wise Appalachian Writing Project. Her award-winning fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications. Her debut novel, Mama’s Shoes, was published in 2012. At ASL, Ms. Elswick offers support and guidance to individual students to help them achieve a strong foundation in legal writing, an essential requirement for a lawyer. She also communicates the activities and achievements of ASL and its students to the news media, spotlighting student participation in professional activities as well as their service to the community.
  • Location: Room 115, the Center for Student Learning
  • Hours: By appointment; walk-ins with quick questions and friendly chatter always welcome when the door is open
How can the Writing Center help me?
The Writing Center offers one-on-one assistance to help students improve grammar, syntax, usage, style, and organization. Help also is available on resumes, cover letters and other materials. Legal writing books are available for students to borrow, and reading software is available for students who would like to boost reading speed and comprehension.
Will the Writing Center revise my draft?
Students should not expect to have their papers revised or edited for them — appointments are collaborative. The goal is for students to learn to identify writing problems and gain the tools to fix them on their own. The Writing Center does not offer help on substantive legal issues.
I want to make an appointment. What should I do?
Add the Writing Center to your TWEN page. Go to the Writing Center homepage, click on “Appointment Sign-ups” in the left-hand column of the page. Appointments should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance online. Both in-person appointments and e-reviews are available. Please read the “Writing Center Rules and FAQs” on the TWEN site before signing up.
What if I don't have a draft at all or just want general writing help?
The Writing Center can assist you during any stage of your writing process or with any general writing problems.
I wanted to make an appointment, but you're booked during all the times that work for me.
During busy times of the year, particularly in fall semester right before major due dates, appointments fill quickly. Reserve a time slot early to avoid disappointment.
I need to cancel my appointment. What are the rules?
Please cancel appointments at least 24 hours in advance. If not, you may be subject to a penalty (see below).
I forgot my about my appointment. Can I still get some feedback on my paper?
No. The Writing Center spends time and effort reviewing drafts and asks that students make an effort to honor their appointments in return. The Writing Center enforces a “two strikes” rule — any student who makes but does not honor two appointments will be barred from making appointments for the rest of the academic year. This includes students who cancel appointments less than a day in advance. It is not the Writing Center’s responsibility to remind students of appointments.