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Writing Center


Welcome Back!

The Writing Center is open and continues to offer 30-minute essay conferences in-person and via Zoom. English instructors are available for one-on-one essay conferences in the Writing Center and over Zoom. At the Writing Center we have resources (computers, printers, study space) for student use. Please come by and take a look during our Open Hours.

Students in English Composition classes (100,105, 110, 165) can sign up for one conference per week using Accudemia, which will be available for sign-ups on the first day of each semester. Essay conferences for the Spring Semester begin Monday, January 22.

When you select "New Appointment" in Accudemia you will see the available times, instructors, and the instructor’s method of communication, either in-person in the Writing Center or using Zoom.

Any CSM student, including students not enrolled in an English course, can also request a conference by calling the Writing Center at (650) 574-6436 or emailing us at

The Writing Center has a Canvas Page. There you can find the link to Accudemia, instructions and our English Composition Tutorials. Each tutorial covers a specific skill and has exercises in a fillable PDF file.

Do you have questions for the Writing Center? Please come by during our open hours (Building 18, Room 104) call us at (650) 574-6436 or email us at

Contact Us

Writing Center
North Hall Building 18, Room 104
(650) 574-6436

June 10 - July 18, 2024
Day Hours
Monday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday Closed
About Us
CSM's Writing Center is distinctive among California's community colleges and universities because of the excellent quality of tutoring. At CSM, only English composition instructors help students with their writing during one-on-one conferences—unlike other centers staffed by student tutors, instructional aides, or graduate assistants.The Writing Center has provided this service for CSM students for more than twenty years. 

What happens during an Essay Conferences?
Students can work with our instructors on essay organization, planning and outlining, brainstorming, thesis statements, understanding your writing assignments, using quotations, summarizing and paraphrasing readings, sentence fluency and coherence, topic sentence and paragraph focus, grammar and proofreading and developing essays. If you have questions about how essay conferences work, check with the staff in the Writing Center. We are here to help.

What resources does the Writing Center offer?
In addition to conferences, during our center's open hours, students can use computers, printers, DVD or VHS players; 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 use the Writing Center; it is a quiet and comfortable place to study.