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NOTE: Peer tutoring will be canceled this Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 24-25, for Spring Break. Drop-in tutoring hours will resume on Sunday, Feb. 28. See below for more information.
Welcome back, students!
The new semester is underway, and we look forward to supporting you in your writing as best we can through the remainder of this extraordinarily challenging year. Peer tutoring for the spring semester will begin on Sunday, Jan. 31, and you’re always welcome to book appointments with the Center’s director, John Holzwarth. Use the links below (under “How to Get Help”) for more information about both options.
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 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 until Thursday, Dec. 10. 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.
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.
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!