Writing Center at College of San Mateo - Overview
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Writing Center


Writing Center

The Center in Building 18 is closed.
Remote conferences are available.
Fall 2020 Remote Conferences
Monday & Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday & Thursday Evenings 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 2pm

Important Notice

Due to the campus closure, the Writing Center will be available in a virtual setting through the Spring 2021 semester. English instructors are available for one-on-one essay conferences.

Students in English Composition classes (100,105, 110, 165, 850) can sign up for one conference per week using the SignUpGenius website. Students can also email the Writing Center at csmtwc@smccd.edu to make an appointment.

On the sign-up website, you will see the available times, instructors, and the instructor’s method of communication (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 LinkBelow is our schedule:

Monday 11-1pm
Tuesday 11-1pm 
Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm 
Thursday 11-1pm 
Friday 11-1pm

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 20 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.