Writing Center Basics


Location + Hours
 Room B429
The Writing Center is located next to the Nurse's office.

 7:45 AM-2:36 PM
The Writing Center is open every school day.

Using the Writing Center
Use this spreadsheet to have consultants visit your classroom.

Visit the Writing Center for in-person support.

Connect With Us
   

Student Leadership

Bridgette Bauer | Class of 2018
Bailey Christensen | Class of 2018
Madeline Small | Class of 2018

Teacher Leadership

Director: Jeffrey Austin | Intern: Frances Nemeroff

Welcome to the Skyline Writing Center!
A judgment-free space for writing support built by students for students


The Skyline Writing Center, opened in 2012, is a peer tutoring program designed, organized, and staffed by students who want to help their classmates become better writers by providing a safe, judgment-free space to discuss any kind of writing from school assignments to college essays to short stories and poems. Tutors provide individualized attention that meets students where they are in their writing. 

Skyline Writing Center tutors receive rigorous, high-quality training on writing and tutoring pedagogy by reading and responding to Writing Center pedagogy, attending our weekly Skytime training sessions where dialogue about theory and practice can occur, and engagement with reflective practice both as individuals and as a cohort. Twice a year, we work with the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan to ensure that our tutors have the tools to be the best. As a result of their extensive training, tutors are able to help any student at any stage of the creative process.

Students can visit us in-person in B429 every hour of every school day, in our Online Writing Lab (OWL), or when teachers request us to come to their classes for individual, small group, and whole group sessions.

In addition to helping Skyline students become better writers, tutors are also committed to providing meaningful showcases for student voice. Each fall, the Writing Center sponsors the Skyline Writing Prize, a competition to find the absolute best piece of student writing as evaluated by a panel of judges from across the curriculum. The competition is open to any Skyline student, and winners receive a cash award, publication in Teen Spirit, our literary magazine, and school-wide recognition for their work.

Each spring, the Writing Center publishes Teen Spirit, our literary magazine. Teen Spirit is designed, curated, and edited by a group of Writing Center students, but any Skyline student can contribute his or her fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, visual art, music, film, or multimedia art piece for publication. Our first two efforts have earned us "superior" ratings from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which is the highest rating a publication can receive. Our third and fourth entries were rated "excellent," earning Teen Spirit four consecutive top-five finishes in the PRESLM competition.

Skyline's consultants are also active members of the Writing Center community, regularly collaborating with other schools to share their knowledge and gain new practices to enhance their skills.  Our staff regularly participates in the biweekly #WCChat for additional training and professional development, presents at regional and national conferences, and mentors other schools in starting new student-run writing centers.

Our respectful, empathetic tutors are dedicated to ensuring that every Skyline student has access to high-quality writing support at every stage of the writing process.