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Writing Center


Writing Center

The Center in Building 18 is closed but we are available for essay conferences virtually.
The Writing Center is now closed for Spring 2021 and will re-open on June 14th for the Summer Session. 
Summer 2021 Remote Conferences
Monday - Thursday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday and 
Thursday Evening
Friday Closed

Important Notice

Due to the campus closure, the Writing Center will be available in a virtual setting through the Summer 2021 session. English instructors are available for one-on-one essay conferences. To make an appointment, go to our Writing Center Canvas Page. All of our Tutorials are now available as fillable PDFs in our Canvas course. 

Students in English Composition classes (100,105, 110, 165, 850) can sign up for one conference per week using Accudemia, which will be live for Summer 2021 on June 16th. The link to Accudemia can be found in the Writing Center Canvas Page. Students can also email the Writing Center at csmtwc@smccd.edu to make an appointment.

Students not enrolled in an English course who made need help with an essay for another class can also meet with an instructor by emailing the Writing Center at csmtwc@smccd.edu. 

Using Accudemia you will see the available times, instructors, and the instructor’s method of communication, either Zoom or Google Doc Chat (which has no audio).

Do you have questions for the Writing Center? You can visit us during our "Virtual Drop-in Hours" via Zoom @ Writing Center Zoom Link, open again June 14th. Below is our Summer 2021 schedule:

Day Time
Monday 11 am - 1 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 1 pm
Wednesday 5 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday 11 am - 1 pm

Please email us with any questions at csmtwc@smccd.edu.
What makes the Writing Center such a valuable resource for students?
CSM's Writing Center is unique among all the centers of California's other community colleges and universities because of the superior quality of tutoring.

At CSM, only English composition instructors help students with their writing in one-on-one conferences—instead of the student tutors, instructional aides, or graduate assistants who do most of the tutoring at other writing centers. In fact, the Writing Center has provided this excellent service for CSM students for more than twenty years. 

While we are remote, the Writing Center can still provide tutorials on specific writing skills using our website. When our campus is open, students in the centers can use computers and printers; DVD and VHS equipment; a library of literature, film, textbooks, and reference materials; and tutorials on specific writing skills.

What does the Writing Center provide for students? 
It provides one-on-one writing conferences with English instructors; computers, printers, DVD, and VHS equipment; a library of literature, film, textbooks, and reference materials; and tutorials on specific writing skills.

Who can use the Writing Center? 
When campus is open, all CSM students can come to the Writing Center for help with their essays for other classes by using our Stand-by list. Students enrolled English 100, 105, 110, 165, and 850 can use the center's resources any time during our open hours and sign-up for 30 minute appointments with instructors in advance. Generally, the Writing Center has appointments throughout the day to assist students with their writing. The Writing Center is also a quiet and comfortable place to study.