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The Writing Center will be closed November 21-28 for Thanksgiving Break.  Peer tutoring will resume on Sunday, Nov. 29, and appointments with John will be available again beginning on Monday, Nov. 30.


Welcome to the Writing Center online.  Writing academic papers can be stressful and challenging, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Whether you’re a struggling writer desperate for advice, a proficient writer looking for ways to elevate your game, or anywhere in between, we’re here to help!  

We 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

The Writing Center will be open throughout the 2020-21 academic year, but until further notice, all consultations will be held online over Zoom.  (If you’re new to Zoom, please click here for help.)  There are two ways to work with us:

Drop-in Peer Tutoring

The peer tutors are friendly, talented upperclass students who are trained to offer a patient ear and a lot of good advice about succeeding on academic papers. They will be available to meet beginning Sunday, September 13. No appointment is needed — just sign in and join our Zoom waiting room. Drop-in hours are Sundays through Thursdays, 3-10 pm. To learn more about peer tutoring or to sign in, click below.

About Tutoring

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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.

About Appointments

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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.  Don’t look for us there during the pandemic — we’re online only for the time being — but please come visit when it’s over!

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