Writing Center

The Writing Center at Mercyhurst North East is staffed by a professional tutor and is a free service available to all Mercyhurst North East students. Our goal is to help students master the skills necessary to succeed in their courses and their future careers.

The Writing Center aims not only to help students with current projects, but also to foster the skills and self-confidence needed for continued improvement and success.

The Writing Center isn’t just for College Writing courses. Students are encouraged to come in for help with any class assignment that involves writing. The Mercyhurst North East Writing Center can help you at all stages of the writing process, including these common areas:

  • Prewriting and outlining
  • Thesis statements
  • Introductions and conclusions
  • Developing an argument
  • Reading, understanding, conducting and incorporating research
  • Revising, editing and proofreading a draft
  • Grammar, spelling and capitalization
  • MLA or APA citation and formatting
  • Presentation strategies
  • BlackBoard issues and assignments
  • And more!


Writing Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Writing Center is located in the Academic Success Center in Miller 14. Students can sign up for half hour or hour appointments, depending on the length of the assignment. Appointments can be made with Kara Homer at 814-725-6321 or ksheldon@mercyhurst.edu or with your Academic Success Coach.


Meet the Writing Center & Peer Tutoring Coordinator:

Kara Homer

Writing Center/Peer Tutoring Coordinator
Location: Miller Hall, 14C
Phone: (814) 725-6321
Email: khomer@mercyhurst.edu

Biography: Kara earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Gannon University, where she played collegiate soccer. In between degrees she worked for Knox Law Firm in Erie, PA, and after graduate school spent two years as an adjunct English instructor for Gannon and Mercyhurst. Kara and her husband, whom she met at orientation for college over 10 years ago, reside in Erie with their rescue dog, Shadow. Depending on weather, she relaxes by working in the garden or curling up inside with a good book.