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Peer tutoring is canceled for Nov. 23-27 for Thanksgiving Break.  We will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28.  

The last day of tutoring for the fall semester will be Thursday, Dec. 8.

Welcome to the Writing Center!

What is the Writing Center?  Above all, it is a place for conversations about your writing.  We’re here to help you work both on current projects (at any stage) and on improving your writing more generally across your time at LC.  Our goals are to help you reduce your writing anxiety, find an actionable plan for your next project, and develop skills that will give you a voice in the issues that matter most to you in this world.  Few skills are more essential to effective social change, a successful career in most fields, or simply to living a thoughtful, intentional life.  Please come see us if we can help — and scroll down to sign in for tutoring or to schedule an appointment.

Fall, 2022 information

  • Drop-in peer tutoring is available at the Writing Center (in Watzek) Sundays-Thursdays, 3-10 pm.
  • Appointments with John Holzwarth will be available from the first day of classes.  Most appointments will need to be MWF, but feel free to email writing@lclark.edu if you can’t find a time that works for you.
  • Please be prepared to wear a mask for in-person meetings at the Center, though it may not always be required.  You are always welcome to ask us to mask up if you prefer, and Zoom tutoring remains an option (please see the tutoring sign-in form, where you can express your preferences).


The Writing Center can assist you with many aspects of writing, including:

  • conceiving ideas for a paper (please feel free to meet with us even before you have a draft)
  • writing a strong thesis statement
  • developing a clear and logical structure
  • finding support for an argument
  • developing creativity and finding your “voice” as an author
  • honing your writing process to make it more productive
  • proofreading skills and basic mechanics
  • proper citation

Above all, we are deeply committed to the belief that everyone can learn to craft clear, thoughtful, and even elegant prose. Please come see us, because writing skills will serve you far beyond Lewis & Clark, not just in your career, but in living a reflective life and advocating with a voice in the things that matter most to you.

How to Get Help

There are two ways to work with us:

Drop-in Peer Tutoring

The peer tutors are friendly, talented students who are trained to offer a patient ear and a lot of good advice about succeeding on academic papers. No appointment is needed — just visit our office on the main floor of Watzek Library and sign in using the link below.  If you prefer, you can also sign in remotely for a consultation on Zoom. Drop-in hours are Sundays through Thursdays, 3-10 pm. To learn more about peer tutoring or to sign in, click the links below.

About Tutoring Sign in for Tutoring  View the Current Waitlist

Appointments with John

You are invited to schedule an appointment with John Holzwarth, director of the Writing Center, to discuss anything at all related to your writing. Bring a draft of a paper you’re working on, come debrief on something you’ve gotten back from a professor, or come in to discuss challenges with productivity and getting writing done.  Just plan ahead, because appointments are limited.  To learn more or make an appointment, click below.

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Where to Find Us

The Writing Center is located on the main floor of Watzek Library, just past the computer carrels and behind the reference books.