Writing Center

Need help with a paper, essay, or writing assignment? Get support from one of our consultants for free online!

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Important News for Spring 2020

Centralia College is on remote/limited operations for spring quarter. All classes are being held online or remotely. But, you can still get help with your writing!

Get Help Online

Even when you cannot come to campus, you can get feedback on your writing. Submit your paper to the Writing Center online via the Student Portal

Have a Question About the Writing Center?

Send us an email at writingcenter@centralia.edu or leave us a voicemail at 360-623-8842.

Writing Resources

We Encourage Each Student to:

  • Be prepared to actively participate in the learning process.
  • Bring any materials (such as any handouts, assignment requirements, books, drafts, or notes) that might be useful in a session.
  • Be familiar with an assignment’s requirements and the instructor’s expectations.
  • Ask questions. Consultants are willing to explain a concept several times and in different ways.
  • Be the author of the paper. The consultant will provide suggestions, but the student makes the final decision about what is in the writing.
  • Be prepared to show the consultant where you have borrowed wording or ideas from sources. Consultants can help students review format and citation guidelines, but the student is ultimately responsible for correctly quoting, paraphrasing, and citing.
  • Start a paper as early as possible so there is time to complete the assignment and revise it.
  • Try out different consultants to find one that is a good fit.

We Encourage Each Consultant to:

  • Be available to students who are looking for help and actively listen to student questions.
  • Create a positive learning environment by being professional, polite, and approachable.
  • Look first for those errors that will affect an essay on a global level before looking for sentence-level errors.
  • Continue to improve and learn new skills that might help students.
  • Model important learning skills by consulting resources when he or she does not know the answer to a student's question.
  • Encourage open communication between a student and an instructor when the student has a question about grades or instructor expectations.

The Writing Center’s Mission

The Writing Center supports Centralia College’s mission by providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that supports students in developing writing skills needed to succeed in academic endeavors and achieve scholastic excellence.

Values

Our Writing Center and its consultants are committed to:

  • Providing quality consultation services and resources that support students with any phase of the writing process as they work on assignments from a wide range of classes or disciplines.
  • Engaging in ongoing training and professional development to ensure that the Writing Center can effectively meet the needs of the students and faculty it serves.

Goals

The Writing Center will endeavor to:

  • Offer its consultants training on topics related to writing, peer-tutoring, and working with a diverse population of students.
  • Arrange workshops and events that introduce students to writing skills necessary for academic success.
  • Utilize peer consultants to provide students with face-to-face or online feedback on their writing as they move through the different stages of the writing process.
  • Maintain a library of reference materials regarding a variety of writing topics from a range of disciplines.
  • Promote the Writing Center services so that students are aware of the support available to them as they pursue their chosen academic paths.
  • Liaise with faculty and staff to ensure that the center is continuing to meet the needs of its stakeholders.