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Writing Center

About the Writing Center

The SDSU Writing Center serves all students enrolled in the university, both graduate and undergraduate. Students can chat about an essay for a composition or history class, a research paper, abstracts for a human development or sociology paper or a job or graduate school application letter-in short, any type of writing that they have concerns about. Consultations take place during any stage of the writing process - from determining the ideas, focus and framework to citing sources and figuring out how semi-colons work and polishing the style.

The Writing Center staff is comprised of English instructors and graduate students who have all taught English 101 and other writing courses and, beginning in Spring 2015, undergraduate students who have been trained to tutor in the Writing Center. They are experienced in working with students of all backgrounds, including second-language learners. However, our tutors are not editors nor will they simply proofread a student's writing. Each session is devoted to an active and engaged learning experience in which the tutor and the student work together to improve writing.

The Writing Center is located in 103 Briggs Library. Students may also register for appointments by calling the Writing Center at 605-688-6559. Sessions are normally scheduled for 45 minutes, with 10-15 minutes between sessions reserved for walk-ins. Making an advance appointment is advised but not required.