Writing Center

A student writing advisor at the writing center

The Writing Center offers students from all disciplines two types of support to work on their writing: peer-to-peer, drop-in consultations with knowledgeable Writing Advisers and appointments with Faculty Writing Specialists from the Writing and Rhetoric department.

The Writing Center is ONLINE for Fall 2020

Students can make an appointment to work with peer Writing Advisers (available starting 9/06) or Faculty Writing Specialists (available starting 8/26). We offer two appointment options:

  • sign up for an online video meeting via Zoom with a Writing Adviser or Faculty Specialist
  • OR upload a document to request written feedback only through a response rubric

Look for our Writing Workshop Series to continue virtually – delivered synchronously and recorded for asynchronous viewing.

Our Mission

Strong writing ability is foundational to a liberal arts education as it allows students to critique and transform their world. The Oxy Writing Center supports the college’s mission by working with students of all disciplines, backgrounds, and abilities to foster a culture of writing. We work to ensure that all students can participate in academic discourse, while cultivating a sense of confidence in their own diverse identities as writers. With a firm belief that all students can gain from the study and practice of writing, we aim to provide an environment that is collaborative, adaptive, and inclusive.

Who We Are

We collaborate with students in one-to-one writing sessions to help them learn strategies to improve their writing. We will offer suggestions and pose questions that aim to provoke analysis of a student's own ideas, help students respond effectively to course writing assignments, and encourage a student's development as a writer. We welcome students at any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to final revision, and at any point in a student's academic career, from first semester through senior comprehensive projects or preparation for graduate school and fellowship applications.

What We Do

  • Talk through assignment prompts.
  • Brainstorm ideas for writing assignments or tasks.
  • Help organize or clarify ideas.
  • Develop a plan to strengthen a thesis or argument.
  • Determine if claims or points need further development.
  • Teach how to cite sources and correct documentation.
  • Offer feedback on mechanics and grammar.