Writing Center at College of San Mateo - Overview
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Writing Center


Writing Center

The Center in Building 18 is closed.
The Writing Center is now closed for Fall 2020 and will re-open on January 19th, the first day of the Spring 2021 Semester.
Spring 2021 Remote Conferences
Monday & Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday Evening
Thursday Evening
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, which will be live for Spring 2021 on January 19th. 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. 

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 Link, open again January 19th. Below is our Spring 2021 schedule:

Monday 11-1pm
Tuesday 11-1pm 
Wednesday 5pm-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.