University Writing Center

Welcome to the University Writing Center.

Our mission is to help each student who comes to us become a better writer.

The University Writing Center (UWC) provides one-to-one tutoring free of charge to Cal State LA students. We welcome students from all departments to make use of the resources available at the UWC.

JFK Library, Palmer Wing 1039A
Phone (323) 343-5350 | Fax (323) 343-5865 | uwc@calstatela.edu

Office Hours for Fall 2017: Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm, Friday: 8am - 5pm

Writing Center Services

The University Writing Center provides writing tutoring for all Cal State LA courses, from first-year introductory courses to graduate seminars. When you come to the University Writing Center, you will find tutors who excel in helping you identify effective writing strategies tailored to your individual needs and level of experience in writing. You can come in with any type of writing assignment at any stage of the writing process.

We encourage you to come in early in the semester since a little guidance can save you a great deal of time and effort, whether you need help understanding or getting started on an assignment, need feedback on a draft, or seek to improve the force and effectiveness of your writing. We can help you start and organize your essays, clarify your ideas, and revise your paper.

While we are not a proofreading or error-correction service, we can help you learn to become a better proofreader and editor yourself. During a 30-minute tutoring session, we can work with you on identifying and correcting errors and help you develop strategies for effectively presenting your ideas. Our emphasis is on helping you become a better writer, so we want to help you learn to revise and edit your own work. We are strongly focused on the long-term development of individual writers rather than quick fixes for the paper at hand.

While you can drop in for tutoring, the best way to get one-to-one feedback is to make an appointment. The process is on our Tutoring Services page. In addition to one-to-one tutoring for students, we also offer support for the WPE.

 

Student Research Consultants

Library research assistance is available in Library-North to help students narrow topics, develop search strategies, and select databases. A student research consultant may also help students with formatting and documentation, using APA, MLA, and other styles. For Fall Semester 2017, student research consultants will be available Weeks 3 to 15. No appointment is necessary — just inquire in Library North.