During my time at Marian University, I have had the opportunity to work as a tutor at the Marian University’s Writing Center (MUWC). You may think that a Writing Center focuses specifically on scholarly pieces of writing, which students bring to tutors to edit for perfection. However, this is anything but the case. I have been challenged in my role as a tutor through our Writing Center’s immersion in the community-especially through our collaboration with Flanner House. I learned that tutoring is more about learning with each other than tutoring.
Flanner House is an organization that is located on Martin Luther King Street. Their mission is “to support, advocate for and empower individuals, children and families by applying educational, social and economic resources that move members of the community towards stabilization, and self-sufficiency.”
Recently, Flanner House has been in conversations with the MUWC to create a Community Writing Center permanently located at Flanner House, where anyone can come speak with an student advisor and seek advice about all types of writing. This would be free and offers everyone the opportunity to engage in literacy in all forms of writing (anywhere from a poem to a cover letter).
I have been challenged and groomed in my conversations with other writers. In my involvement with the Community Writing Center, I talk to many people about their writing, heard their stories, and formed friendships through this experience. Through conversation and camaraderie, The Community Writing Center can be a place where writers gather together and grow.
Currently, the Community Writing Center at Flanner House is open to the community with operating hours from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Mondays and Thursdays. Please come and share your writing, so we can learn together.
2424 Doctor M.L.K. Jr St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
KJ Fallon is a senior at Marian University majoring in Communication Studies. Originally from Lowell, Indiana, KJ enjoys stand up comedy, Spider-Man, and participating in the philanthropic community here in Indy.