Center for Academic Success

Writing Center

The Alice F. Randall Writing Center staff invites you to come talk with us about your writing! After training for a semester in a writing-intensive class, our consultants can help you with any writing from across the disciplines and at any point in the writing process. From helping to brainstorm ideas, to organizing rough drafts, to developing thesis statements and revising a final draft, we're here to help.

We offer three different ways to get writing assistance:

  • In-person tutoring in Christopher Newport Hall 124
  • Online synchronous tutoring using Google Meet
  • Asynchronous tutoring, where a writing consultant will provide written feedback on your writing within 24 hours of receiving it

Please contact or the Writing Center director, Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz, for more information.

The late Alice F. Randall, associate professor of English, dedicated herself to the academic well-being of students. She was a nationally recognized researcher for her work in reading and gave unselfishly of her time to counsel and support hundreds of students in her reading courses. Randall was associated with CNU for nearly 18 years and was honored by the CNU Board of Visitors on April 28, 1993.

Students Helping Students in Writing Intensive Courses

Faculty who teach writing intensive courses may nominate an excellent student writer to serve as a writing associate. These students earn a stipend for reviewing student drafts and conducting brief tutorial sessions on successful writing strategies. Students and faculty receive training as part of the writing associates program.

For more information and to nominate a student for your writing intensive course, email Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz, writing center director, at

Our consultants for the spring 2021 semester are:

  • Peter Behrend
  • Amir Corprew
  • Caroline Daniels
  • Mikayla Engquist
  • Caroline Ernst
  • Kyra Hemrich
  • Bobby Kelleher
  • Allison Lyne
  • Alex Nyikos
  • Lauren Reece
  • Amanda Short
  • Mir Stump
  • Anna Tippett
  • Grace Vivirito
  • Vic Windt
  • Jake Yeager

Both the director and the writing consultants are available to come to your classroom to talk about our services, to demonstrate a sample tutorial or to address a specific writing concept in more detail. Please email Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz at for more information.

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