Writing Center

The Writing Center is located in AD 129, on the lower level
across from the Business Administration Department offices.

The Writing Center offers individual one-half hour tutoring sessions for help with all types of writing and reading situations. It is a friendly and supportive place where students can receive good feedback and encouragement. We can help students gain confidence in their ability to develop important writing skills. We also have computers available for word processing, research, and printing. Students are welcome to drop in for a tutoring session or to schedule an appointment in person or over the phone (747-2294). We are here to discuss your work and to help you find and correct errors in your writing, but we do not edit, proofread, or guarantee a grade!

Writing Center Hours for Fall Semester 2012:

Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.


Prepare for Compass testing by attending our workshops for writing and math!


Tutors:  (s = student)

Jeff Genauer
JB Moore 
Sabra Moore
Susan Pitt 
Kip Powell
Leah Ramos (s)
Robin Reider
Jess Yelvington (s)

Writing Center Director: Deborah Begel (505) 747-2216

How we can help:

Students are encouraged to visit the Writing Center at any stage of the writing process, from the day they receive assignments to first drafts, to revised drafts. Tutors can assist students in developing the following skills:

  • Understanding an assignment
  • Analyzing a reading
  • Conducting research
  • Selecting and focusing a topic
  • Generating ideas for a topic
  • Organizing ideas and outlining
  • Formulating thesis statements
  • Creating transitions
  • Developing paragraphs
  • Structuring an essay or paragraphs
  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Sentence structure
  • Sentence variety
  • Word choice
  • MLA in-text citations and Works Cited lists
  • APA in-text citations and Reference lists
  • Business letters/resumes



  • Please bring assignment sheets and any other handouts or textbooks that will help the tutor assist you.
  • Please bring any feedback from your instructor.
  • Remember to ask for a stamp. Then your instructor will know that you visited the Writing Center.
  • Please don’t wait until the last minute! We can help you more if you have a little time!


  • Please contact the Writing Center at 747-2294, or Jessica Bryant at 747-2216 if you would like to schedule an orientation with your students. You can bring your class to the Writing Center or a tutor can come to your class.
  • We encourage you to send us copies of your writing assignments and exemplar essays that we can use to help your students.
  • If you would like to require your students to attend a tutoring session for extra credit, we can verify with a stamp your student’s visit to the Writing Center.
  • We have referral sheets available for your use. You may use the referral sheet to provide the Writing Center and your student with some guidance on the student’s needs and your expectations. The tutor will also use the referral sheet to summarize the tutoring session and provide you with some feedback on your student's progress.
  • Let us know how we can best support your students and your goals as an instructor.

Meet the Tutors!

Pamela Lapcevic

Tutoring at the Writing Center has made me realize how vital this program is to the nurturing and development of not only our students, but our community. As a developmental English instructor, I am keenly aware of the fact that in order for my students to succeed in acquiring good writing skills, it is critical to engage them in weekly critiques of their most current work. In order for them to proceed to the next piece of writing and improve without repetitive mistakes, immediate instruction, encouragement, and feedback are essential. Due to time constraints, however, it is impossible to work one-on-one with every student during class. As a tutor, I am not only able to help my own students succeed, but also others from various departments throughout the college. I have helped students write pieces concerning nursing, history, philosophy, literature, essay composition, psychology, scholarship applications, resumes, and cover letters.

The Writing Center satisfies a deep community need. And it produces results: students improve their grades, are encouraged to continue to accept and meet both academic and personal challenges, build self-confidence and self-esteem, develop critical thinking, and improve writing skills—all in a relaxed and informal environment. I have come to believe that the Writing Center is the inner heart of NNMC-—it's cool.

J. B. Moore

The best poetry reading I’ve ever attended was given by Espanola teenagers at a teen center in La Puebla. I came away energized and inspired by writers much younger than myself, writers from the heart of Valley culture. At the reading I met a former director of Northern’s Writing Center, who later recruited me, an out-of-work poet, to come and tutor essay-writing at the college. My three years at the Writing Center have given me one of the most satisfying job experiences of my now middle-aging life. Assisting students of different ages and backgrounds’, students at various skill levels, in finding their unique voices and in discovering and extending the capacities of their own intellects — their analytic, imaginative, and perceptual abilities — is always potentially an exercise in empowerment. My aspiration for each meeting is that we, the student and I, identify the catalyst ingredient which will enable that individual to make the next quantum leap (to mix chemical and physical metaphors) in awareness and realization of her or his own expressive power.

Sue Pitt

Working in the Writing Center and reading English assignments, I discovered the heart and soul of Northern New Mexico College. My clients were critiquing literature, expanding on philosophies, researching news events, or writing reflective essays, but they were really telling me their losses and success, clarifying their goals, or maybe healing an emotional wound. This is all accomplished under the guise of defining that thesis and supporting it. After that major accomplishment, writing pieces can be refined by eliminating the run ons and sentence fragments, punctuating and checking the grammar and spelling. In the Writing Center, I am always the one to gain, for I meet many individuals from a wide spectrum of walks of life in Española, and this makes me a better instructor and a better person.