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The Rose Frenzel Warner Writing and Critical Thinking Center

Students in the writing center

We help students become better writers and critical thinkers.

The Rose Warner Writing and Critical Thinking Center is where all students can receive free, collaborative feedback on all forms of writing: essays--critical analyses--research papers--literature reviews--resumes/CV's & cover letters.  We can help with: thesis statements--brainstorming & inventing--introductions & conclusions--language use--research--coherence & clarity--assignment interpretation--APA & MLA--audience & purpose--organization--evidence & support--proofing and editing strategies.

Please contact Steve Backus, the Director, at with any questions.  He can also be reached by phone: 218-723-6657.

Ways to get help


  • Submit papers (Googledocs, Word, or PDFs) to Steve at  Please provide a brief assignment summary, feedback needs and due date.  Turnaround is 48-72 hours.


You can also go to and Quick Search "Writing Center" to find information on how to make an appointment. Once you make an appointment, a tutor will contact you to determine if you'd like to Zoom or submit a paper asynchronously.

Many students return to the center over and over again either after revising a paper or when they get a new assignment.  When using the center, students write better papers, but they also become better writers and critical thinkers.  Studies show students who use writing centers do better in school; this includes earning scholarships and getting into graduate schools.


Thank you for taking the time to look over my essay. Your tips were very helpful.

I just found out I got an A on my first paper that you helped me with! Thanks again for the great advice!!!

Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate the second set of eyes on it. It definitely helped open my eyes and I like the suggestions you've provided.

I was nervous to have someone go over my paper aside from my instructor at first, but I now realize the error in that way of thinking. You've been a tremendous help.

Hello.  I am a student at CSS and I have a question about the writing center. Is the writing center still accepting students' papers and assisting them with the APA formatting ? I have used this service in the past and found it so helpful. Please let me know if this is still available.

Thank you for looking this over. I appreciate the feedback and have made changes to reflect your suggestions as well as fixed my grammar errors. I appreciate your help very much!

Hope you had a nice weekend. The quick turnaround is much appreciated and the positive feedback is always welcomed. It sure is beneficial to have the writing center as a resource.

Thank you so much! I looked at your comments and was laughing out loud. I can not thank you enough for your help with my papers. I have only three classes left at CSS. Kinda sad in a way! I graduated with my Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2009. Decided to get my Doctoral degree in 2018. Moved to Florida and back at it for the FINISH LINE! Thank you, Thank you!

Thank you so much for the input on the areas we discussed, extra links and examples you attached to these emails. They all helped very much!!

As I continue on with my education career after graduating in a couple of weeks, I just wanted to say that you have helped me with previous papers and I always looked forward to your feedback as I learned something new from each paper! Thank you for taking the time to be such a great resource to not only myself but other students who have asked you to help them out.




Warner Writing Center
Tower Hall,
Room 2121
Hours:  T-TR, 12:00-4:00 and by appointment.

Steve BackusSteve Backus
Director, Writing Center
Tower Hall,
Room 2121C
(218) 723-6657