a writing center consultant helping a student with their paper

Our History

The Coe College Writing Center was founded in 1986 to provide support for a new Writing Across the Curriculum program. As we've grown over the years, we've moved locations several times.

A staff of seven writing consultants and one director, Coe Writing Center founder Dr. Bob Marrs, was housed in the basement of Stuart Hall in what is now two restrooms. Here, consultants used paper forms to keep track of writing conferences and learned to help writers with new word-processing programs.

Writing Center Stuart Hall
Writing Center Stuart Hall

The Coe Writing Center's first location in Stuart Hall, 1986.

In the fall of 2000, the Writing Center moved into a larger space in the Peterson tunnel, and the staff nearly doubled in size. This cozy atmosphere quickly became known for good conversation about writing, cheap coffee and comfortable seating. A state-of-the-art printer brought many writers and their floppy disks to the Peterson Tunnel Writing Center location to print papers.

Writing Center Peterson Hall
Writing Center Peterson Hall

The Writing Center's location in the Peterson Tunnel, 2000.

In the spring of 2012, the CWC moved to Gage Annex, where it occupied a space behind the Coe Bookstore and continued to provide caffeinated beverages and scintillating discourse. Consultants took advantage of the full kitchen at the back of the Writing Center's Gage location to bake bread and other goodies to share with writers.

Writing Center Gage Annex

Gage Annex was the CWC's home from 2012-2015.

With the creation of the Learning Commons in Fall 2015, the Writing Center moved to its current location in Stewart Memorial Library. Near library resources, subject tutors and spaces where most students like to write, the Writing Center's current location truly meets writers where they are.

Coe College Writing Center

Today, the Writing Center is located in Stewart Memorial Library.

"I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it."
— William Shakespeare