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UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER and FRESHMAN TUTOR LAB

Welcome to the University Writing Center.  We offer individual tutoring to students writing papers in classes in any discipline, supplemental instruction in first-year composition, workshops on various topics in reading and writing, and many ways to prepare for the UDWPE.

At the University Writing Center, we believe that successful writers--beginning or experienced--benefit from discussing their work with an engaged and supportive audience. This is why we are here to help undergraduate and graduate writers at any stage of the writing process—from brainstorming on a topic to drafting that first version to polishing and revising the final product—for any writing / compositional project. We are ready to talk about your goals, review your writing, and discuss what might come next!

The Writing Center and Tutor Lab assist student writers by offering individualized feedback on their writing, at any stage of the process, including understanding the assignment, brainstorming, forming a thesis, developing content, organizing ideas, and learning proofreading and formatting skills.  Find out more about our services below, and by clicking on the menu at the right. 

UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER INFORMATION

Writing Center Consultants are Lecturer Faculty and second-year M.A. candidates / Teaching Associates in English.  All Consultants have university teaching experience.  They can work with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course which requires writing.

Consultants are ready to help students become better writers in the following ways:

  • They will help students think through their projects, model strategies, and share information about academic conventions.
  • They will offer strategies and support so that students can learn and practice finding and fixing their own errors.
  • They cannot review take-home essay exams or finals unless the professor has explicitly granted permission. 

If you would like help with your university-related writing, call (818) 677-2033, or come to Oviatt Library 300, to make a 30-minute appointment with a Consultant.  You can find Consultants' available hours here. 

FRESHMAN LAB INFORMATION

Writing Lab Tutors are graduate and undergraduate students with strong writing skills from multiple disciplines.

If you are enrolled in "Approaches to University Writing" 113, 114, or 115 in any department, or in University 100, you are invited to make an appointment by calling (818) 677-2033, or coming in person to Oviatt 300.  Students without appointments are not guaranteed a spot, so it is better to call in advance.  Please check in with the student assistant at the desk before entering the lab area. 

  • Tutors are ready to help students become better writers by acting as advanced peer readers. They can help students think through their projects, model strategies, and share information about academic conventions.
  • They will not edit papers, but will offer strategies and support as freshman writers gain practice finding and fixing their own errors. 

You can find tutors' available hours here.