The Writing Center

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Work With a Consultant Online

The Writing Center's summer hours (6/21—8/19) will be:

Mon: 10am—5pm
Tue: 10am—6pm
Wed: 10am—5pm
Thurs: 10am—6pm
Fri: Closed

Our scheduling system allows students to set, change, or cancel appointments, and offers an interface in which they can chat with a writing consultant while looking at text.

Graduate Students

Because PSU Writing Center Consultants are composition instructors, graduate students may make appointments with any consultant at any time with confidence the consultant can help them with graduate-level writing. If standard appointment times are booked, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm-4pm we keep a consultant available who only works with graduate students.

How to make an appointment with the PSU Writing Center.

Transcript for "Writing Center: Making an Appointment" video

Tips for Online Appointments

If you prefer audio or video, feel free to let us know: If you prefer to use audio or video in your session, you can note that in the "What would you like to work on today?" field when you make your appointment. Though we can't guarantee your consultant will be able to use audio or video, we will try to accommodate your request.

Turn on your computer's camera and microphone: The online interface works best when your browser settings allow access to your computer’s camera and microphone (even if you don’t use the video/audio option during your session).

Test your connection: If you encounter connectivity issues before or during your session, you may need to close other tabs, browsers, or programs that are open. Some computers give priority to other potential uses of the camera and might disallow it in the browser you are trying to use. If you have a connectivity problem, close every browser and program, even those unrelated to the online meeting, and try opening your online meeting again.

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Advice for Students

Our resource pages suggest ideas and strategies for completing writing projects. The resources are designed to be practical: short, easy to read, and full of "how to's" you can use for inspiration.

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Tips for Teachers

Best practices for teachers hoping to promote confidence and engagement in student writers.

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Ways of Writing, our guidebook for writing successfully in college, is used in many classes at PSU, as well as at area community colleges. Organized by topic and designed to be user-friendly, the slim, inexpensive book is available at the Portland State University Bookstore.