Welcome to the UNM-G Writing Center!

Do you need help writing a paper for class? Do you want to make sure you used correct grammar and citation before submitting your assignment to your professor? Are you having writer’s block?

We can help you with all your writing needs!

Here’s what we can do for you:

  • Assist you during any stage of the writing process
  • Offer one-on-one consultation, making sure that your instructor’s prompt or rubric are closely followed and final draft polished
  • Teach you how to research appropriately for your assignment using reliable research tools, such as the Zollinger Library Databases
  • Help you understand textbook topics and other required reading
  • Make sure that your scholarship application essay, financial aid petition letter, resume, and other applied writing documents are right on track
  • Provide a quiet place to read, write, or use the computer.

Visit us during our walk-in hours:

Fall/Spring: Mon-Thu, 9:00AM-6:00PM; Fri, 9:00AM-5:00PM

Summer: Mon-Fri, 9:00AM-5:00PM

Or call to set an appointment at (505) 863-7535!

Who Are We?

The Writing Center is staffed by the Education Specialist and Peer Tutors.

Karla Baldonado
Karla, Education Specialist

Welcome, students! You are in good hands here at the Writing Center. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, pursued a Master’s degree in Literacy, and worked for the McKinley County public schools before I decided to work for UNM. I’ve lived in Gallup for eight years and I love it! My husband and I have five kids, that is, our son, three dogs, and a hedgehog!

Visit me and the Writing Center Peer Tutors if you need help with a paper or simply want to have a conversation about our shared passion for the written word!

UNM-Gallup Writing Center Student Services & Technology Center, 1st Floor, Room 127

Learn more about our team by clicking the following peer tutor profile pages:




Words From Our English Coordinator August 2016

Where Do You Write?

“Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream.”
Stephen King

Carmela LanzaWe are at the beginning of a semester so this is probably a good time to make a few changes in your academic life even if those changes are small. So here you are facing a new semester maybe as a new student or a returning student, and you know you will have to do some writing. You might have avoided it all summer but you are now in a required writing class, and suddenly it is time to face the blank page. Before you start memorizing grammar rules or you regret not paying more attention in your high school English classes, let’s start with something simple. Let’s start with the question--where do you write? Meaning what space have you designated as your writing space. It could be your car or a special spot in a library, or maybe in your bedroom closet. The point is to leave all distractions for a short time and have that space. To temporarily step away from your everyday responsibilities and demands (work, children, spouses, etc.) and allow yourself to daydream and start putting words on paper. No t.v, no computer, no cell phone, no outside distractions. Give yourself 30 minutes daily and spend time in your writing space. Maybe you haven’t written all summer. Maybe you have not written in ten years. None of that really matters. Beginning writers and successful, seasoned writers all must face that blank page. Go into your writing space and begin. You might end up taking a nap in your writing space, but that is okay. That nap might lead you to your next great writing idea.

Carmela Lanza

Helpful Links

Use these resource links to help you in a variety of writing situations:

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL)

This is your one-stop-shop for APA, MLA, and Chicago guidelines, which are citation styles you will definitely encounter in classes that require formal writing assignments. Topics on grammar, punctuation, and avoiding plagiarism can also be found here.

Writing Commons

This is a great website if you need tips on writing research papers and proper formatting for APA, MLA, and Chicago. You can also find articles on how to write an effective introduction, useful public speaking tips, how to properly use pathos, logos, and ethos, and other student-friendly resources in academic writing.

Ask a Professor

If you could ask a professor anything, what would it be?

Each week, we choose a question from our Ask a Professor Box located in our office, interview a professor, and publish their thoughts in this corner!

This week, we asked Professor Robert Galin (Associate Professor, English) the following question submitted by an anonymous freshman:

“If you could trade lives with one person for one day, who would it be and why?”

Robert Galin

Professor Galin: “If I could trade lives with one person for one day, I would be Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) because he had such an interesting life as a writer, traveler, public speaker, raconteur, and occasional ne’er-do-well.”


"The help students received was imperative and so effective in helping them move forward on their writing assignments."
–Anonymous, Instructor

"The tutors were very patient in helping me address my weaknesses in writing." –Makaela, Sophomore

"Jermaine helped me appreciate the importance of correct APA citation and avoiding plagiarism. Thank you, Jermaine!"
–Anonymous, Senior

Submit your testimonials, feedback, comments, and suggestions to kvbaldona@unm.edu