Since opening its doors on November 1, 2004, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Writing Resource Center (WRC) has firmly established itself as a viable English resource that promotes the academic and professional success of FAMU students, faculty, and staff.
The Center, which is funded by Title III and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, has steadily increased its service population while fulfilling its mission of "embracing and empowering one writer at a time."
Through individualized, self-paced instruction, the WRC affords students the opportunity to reinforce, review, and apply skills that are taught in college preparatory and fundamental communicative skills courses, thereby enabling students to advance to and succeed in upper division courses.
In addition, the WRC offers test-taking strategies and instruction for students who are preparing for the standardized tests, such as the General Knowledge Test (GK), and the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE).
Ever mindful of its mission to address the needs of the entire University community, the WRC also provides consultations and workshops for clients who are preparing research papers, scholarship applications, presentations, and other professional-related assignments. Frequently taught workshops include "Grammar Basics," "Writing Effective Personal Statements," "Helpful Punctuation Tips," and "Plagiarism and MLA Documentation."
Along with providing quality instruction, the WRC is equipped with 16 internet-ready computers, which students, faculty, and staff may use to conduct online research or employ a range of Microsoft applications. Students may check out equipment (laptops, projectors, and TV/DVD players) and English textbooks as well.
The FAMU Writing Resource Center, along with the English Department, strives to encourage "Writing Across the Curriculum," or "writing to learn," as it accommodates clients from a variety of disciplines.