About Us

The Writing Center is a place for all students to get free assistance with their writing. Our goal is to coach you through the writing process, help you to strengthen your writing, and give you the steps to become your own best editor. We do this primarily by talking to you in a one-on-one session or by sending you written feedback. When we meet with you, we want to know what your writing goals are, and together, we will determine the next steps for our time together.

Our mission is to help you navigate the complicated landscape of academic writing. We cannot guarantee an error-free paper or that you will receive a perfect grade after working with us; however, we can guarantee that we will stay present, listen with respect, and respond with compassion while working with you. Our Writing Assistants are successful student writers who have been trained to provide writing feedback. By offering you individualized writing support, we can help you to identify what is already working well in your writing, as well as what needs more attention. As you practice new skills and refine your writing process, we are here to be your cheerleaders, guides, and allies.

While Oregon is operating under Stay-at-Home orders, all of our services will be available online through Zoom and the Online Writing Lab. Once we are back to normal, we plan to maintain Zoom appointments as an option in addition to our regular in-person sessions. 

Different Ways to Use the Writing Center

  • About the Drop-in Zoom Room

    Using the link on our main page, you can drop-in to the Writing Center through Zoom. This is a good option if you have a quick question, don’t want to wait to schedule an appointment, don’t see your preferred appointment time available, or just prefer to use drop-in.

    When you first click the link to join our drop-in meeting, you will need to wait for us to let you in. When a window pops up, this isn’t a mistake, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that we are busy. It just means that we need to click a button that will allow you to join. If we don’t let you in right away, please be patient. Also, please know that we are excited to see you, and we look forward to working with you!

    Our drop-in hours are 8 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am-5 pm on Friday, and 11 am-4 pm on Saturday.

  • About the Online Writing Lab (OWL)

    If you would prefer to submit your writing to us and receive written feedback rather than having a face-to-face conversation, you can submit your writing to us online and receive feedback within 48 business hours. You will need to submit your work through a Google Form and answer a few questions for us so we understand what you are working on. When we are done giving feedback, we will share your writing back to you as a Google Doc, so be sure to keep an eye on your student email for our response.

    This is a nice option for anyone who feels a bit shy, doesn’t have the time to meet with us, doesn’t have the ability to use Zoom, or anyone who simply prefers written feedback instead of a conversation. You can also use a combination of our services for the same project; maybe it works better to have a brainstorming session with us through Zoom, but then later when you’re polishing a final draft, it might make more sense to use the OWL. Whatever your reasoning, you can receive the same quality and type of feedback through the OWL that you are able to receive through a conversation with us.

    Please be aware that Writing Assistants may not receive your submission until Monday if you submit on the weekend. We do not limit the number of times you can submit papers to the OWL.

  • About Scheduling a 45-minute Zoom Appointment Through TutorTrac

    If you want to plan ahead and protect your time, you can make a 45-minute Zoom appointment with a Writing Assistant through TutorTrac. To attend your appointment, log in to TutorTrac. You will see a link to your Zoom meeting under "Upcoming Appointments." Please note that this link does not appear until about 10 minutes before your appointment time. 

    You are limited to 1 appointment per day and 3 per week. If you would like to meet with us more frequently, you can also use our drop-in service and the Online Writing Lab in addition to scheduled appointments.

  • About Our Other Resources

    We also offer a collection of links, handouts, and resources for you to use as you learn more about writing. We have created some of these resources from scratch, while others are simply links to other websites that we think are exceptional. If there is a particular type of resource that you would like to see added to our website, please let us know and we can work on creating it for you.