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The Graduate Writing Center

Our Mission

The Shippensburg University Graduate Writing Center is committed to empowering graduate students as they become effective and confident communicators. We foster these skills through collaborative, conversational writing consultations, by providing an array of writing resources, and by promoting graduate writers’ scholarship.

Consultation Information

We offer three types of consultations to meet your meeting preference and schedule. These three options offer you flexibility and the opportunity to select a meeting that suits your learning style:

  • In-Person Consultations are held in the Graduate Writing Center office, located in Mowrey Hall room 137. Masks must be properly worn during the session and all in-person consultations will last 60 minutes. Writers should send their paper at least one hour before your appointment time.
  • Synchronous consultations occur in real-time via ZOOM Video Conferencing. To use this option, you must have internet access and a computer equipped with a microphone and camera. You will also need to send your paper, assignment description, and other relevant information to your consultant at least one hour before your appointment time. Instructions for ZOOM Video Conferencing are available here.
  • Asynchronous consultations do not require you to use ZOOM. As with a synchronous appointment, you will need to send your paper, assignment description, and other relevant information to your consultant at least one hour before your appointment time. Within 24 hours, your consultant will return your draft with written comments and send a recorded video to explain feedback and your next steps for revision.

Schedule A Writing Consultation

Use the platform below to schedule your consultation, but keep in mind the following:

  • If you wish to schedule with a specific consultant, please scroll past the platform below and can click the scheduling link in that consultant's bio.
  • Please limit your consultations to no more than 2 total sessions per week and 1 session per day.
  • If you'd like to request a consultation time that isn't available through the online schedule, please email onlinewriting@ship.edu and we'll do our best to accommodate you.




Recent Student Testimonials

"I felt such a sense of support and encouragement with my writing!"

"[My consultant] is amazing.  She is so knowledgeable, uplifting, and patient. She fills me with confidence and calm."

"Staff was very knowledgeable and kind. Made me feel very comfortable!"

"This is my first time using the Writing Center and was truly impressed; [my consultant] is absolutely great—patient and highly skilled."


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The Graduate Writing Consultants


Emily Hegedus, Graduate Writing Consultant

B.S. Geoenvironmental Studies 2021, Shippensburg University

M.S. Geoenvironmental Science & Sustainability 2023, Shippensburg University

Hello! I’m Emily. I recently graduated from Ship with an undergraduate degree in Geoenvironmental Science, and I liked it so much that I am back to earn my master’s degree in the same program. My program requires writing a lot of technical reports and research papers, so my specialty is in writing and editing science-based assignments. However, I am interested in many subjects, and I am excited to read assignments across a variety of disciplines. In my personal life, I like reading, hiking, painting, exploring, and anything involving plants, rocks, mushrooms, or wildlife…you can see why I am a Geoenvironmental major. I look forward to getting to know my fellow graduate students and their papers, so sign up for a consultation today!


To schedule an appointment with Emily, click here.



Dr. Karen Gabrielle Johnson, Director & Professional Graduate Writing Consultant

Ed. D. in Teaching and Learning, Liberty University, 2009

M. Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum with Reading Specialist Certification, Pennsylvania State University, 1995

B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Southern Mississippi, 1983

I enjoy serving as the director of the Graduate Writing Center and working with writers on their assignments. One of the best aspects of working as a professional consultant is building relationships with writers and observing their growth and confidence in writing! I am also a faculty member in the Department of Academic Engagement and Exploratory Studies and teach courses in my department. My professional interests include serving as a co-editor of the Writing Lab Newsletter: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, and engaging in scholarship opportunities.  

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, click here.



Erin Emerick

B.A. History- Lycoming College (2020)

M.A. Applied History- Shippensburg University (2023)

Hello! My name is Erin. I recently graduated from Lycoming College with a major in History and a minor in Anthropology, and now I’m here at Shippensburg for their Master’s in Applied History program. My program requires a lot of research-driven and argumentative papers, so I am very comfortable editing similar essays, However, I do have experience editing papers across various majors and I am always looking forward to learning something new! In my free time, I enjoy reading, travelling, singing, and thrifting. I look forward to meeting other graduate students and helping them with their essays!


To schedule an appointment with Erin, click here.