About the Writing Center
The Writing Center offers free tutoring, workshops, and other resources through peer-to-peer collaboration for Evergreen students, staff, and alumni.
We support writers of diverse abilities and identities by cultivating confidence, skills, self-awareness, and agency at every stage in the writing process. Writing tutors can help with academic writing, creative writing, scholarship and other application essays, cover letters and resumés, and personal writing projects. Let us help you brainstorm, outline, create and revise drafts, develop academic, learn grammar tools, and develop other writing skills.
Sessions are offered virtually or in-person at the Olympia Campus, located in Library 2310.
How to Schedule Your Session
- Go to the scheduling portal by going to WCOnline or clicking the "make an appointment" button
- Select"Register for an Account" and use your Evergreen email
- Activate your account through your Evergreen email
- Go back to WCOnline and sign in to look for a time with tutor that works for you.
- Fill out the appointment form and select "save"
- Check that the appointment confirmation appears in the appointment window on screen
- Write down or save when your appointment time is and show up at your scheduled time
Joining a Virtual Tutoring Session
- At your appointment time, sign in to WCOnline
- Click on your appointment, and select "Start or Join Session"
- Enable video and audio permissions
- Have a great session!
Get the Most From Your Tutoring Appointment
- Communicate your goals. When you tell your tutor what you want to get out of the session, tutors can make sure to support you in meeting that specific goal. If you’re having a session about academic writing, for example, you might ask:
- Is my argument and evidence convincing to you? Do you feel me? Do you feel moved?
- Do you see the connection between my writing and the quotes I am using?
- What would you say is the main message of my piece, as you read it?
- Do you have any techniques to work on the stage I'm at in my process?
- When you read this, is anything unclear? Where do you get hung up?
- Are there any common grammar mistakes or typos I should consider editing?
- Bring your stuff. Arrive on time with two paper copies of your draft or notes, and one copy (digital or paper) of your faculty’s instructions or other prompt.
- Make multiple appointments. If you’re working on a longer or high-stakes project, consider making multiple appointments over the span of a couple of weeks.
- Give yourself time afterward to reflect. You’ll need this time to think through and incorporate the feedback you received.
- Find a good match. If you find a tutor you work with well, consider meeting with them on a regular basis. Working with the same tutor can save time because they become familiar with your writing style and what you’re working on in your program.
- Make a weekly appointment. You can schedule a weekly appointment to reserve the same time each week with your tutor.
- Mix it up. Alternatively you may find it beneficial to meet with different tutors to get varying perspectives.
10 Myths About the Writing Center
Myth 1: Writing Experience
Myth: The Writing Center is only for inexperienced writers and experienced writers don't need to go to the Writing Center.
Reality: The Writing Center is for writers of all styles and skill levels. Even our tutors and administrators use the Center for their own writing projects and assignments. We love to talk about writing—whether you are struggling or going strong.
Myth 2: Proofreading
Myth: The Writing Center "cleans up," "fixes," or proofreads my papers before I submit them—I can drop off my paper, come back later, and it will be corrected. Or, the Writing Center doesn't proofread.
Reality: The Writing Center's philosophy is that writers can best improve their writing by receiving feedback from their readers in real-time; this process extends to proofreading. So, long story short: we proofread! And when we proofread, we do it together.
Myth 3: Draft Progress
Myth: I have to have a draft written in order to use the Writing Center.
Reality: You don't have to have a draft written. You can come in to talk about your ideas.
Myth 4: Perfect Paper
Myth: The Writing Center will make my writing perfect or the Writing Center will make my faculty like my writing.
Reality: While we don't believe in "perfect writing," we do believe that every writer has areas where they can learn and grow. If your goal is to achieve proficiency in college-level academic writing, we can support you in that. If your goal is to navigate your process as an experimental poet, we can help you with that. If your goal is to write a letter to a friend back home, or a toast for your sibling's wedding, we'll support you in doing that!
As for making your faculty like your writing, this requires communication between you and your faculty to make sure you have a clear understanding of their expectations. And if your goal is to meet their expectations, we can support you in that!
Myth 5: Impersonal Writing
Myth: Writing Center tutors will try to standardize all voices to become "academic" or "professional."
Reality: Tutors want to meet you where you are at. We believe it is important to respect how dynamic language is. Languages are fluid and ever-changing, and how we use our language(s) always reflects who we are as people. No one person, institution, or culture's standard is the only way to write or speak. Our respect for your unique voice is a big part of why our sessions are centered around your goals.
Whether you want to master a standard, break a standard, or simply focus on your own expressivity or process, we can support you. Lead the way!
Myth 6: Tutors Know Everything
Myth: Writing tutors must possess all knowledge about writing.
Reality: No one knows everything about writing. If a tutor doesn't know the answer to a question, they can still be a great tutor.
For example, we don't require our tutors to memorize MLA citation styles, but they are quick to find resources to help you get your citations done well. They will work with you to figure it out by checking out our bookshelf, handouts, and online resources, and sometimes by checking in with other tutors or a reference librarian.
Myth 7: Academic Papers Only
Myth: Writing tutors wouldn't want to work on my graphic novel/genre fiction/personal letter/cover letter.
Reality: If you have a specific interest, you can ask about our tutors' specialties to find a tutor who is particularly knowledgeable or excited about a subject or genre. At the same time, our sessions are designed so that most tutors can help with most types of writing. Our tutors' main focus is on you and your goals.
Myth 8: Quick Fixes
Myth: All I have to do is bring in my paper right before it's due and that will produce significant improvements to my work.
Reality: If you bring in a paper an hour before it is due, you won't have much time to incorporate the changes you decided to make during the tutoring session. To really improve your work, you might need to learn how long it takes you to revise a draft. (Note: This topic of what revision looks like to you is a great one for a tutoring session!)
While you may not have time to bring every piece to the Writing Center, we strongly encourage you to build the Writing Center into your writing process for those specific pieces and assignments that are important to you. Make a session a few days or a few weeks before your project is due to allow ample time to reflect and revise.
Myth 9: Tutors Know My Assignments
Myth: Tutors get information from my faculty about my assignments/the material in my program.
Reality: Tutors depend on writers to inform them about their assignment and whatever reading was necessary for that assignment; as peer-tutors, they are students like you and only do assignments and readings required for their own classes. Bringing a written copy of the prompt or instructions from your faculty can be a good idea. Tutors may be able to use their prior experiences as writers and as Evergreen students to help understand a prompt or assignment and identify choices about how a writer could express themselves within or beyond academic constraints.
Myth 10: Appointments Only
Myth: Appointments are required at the Writing Center—I can't just drop in.
Reality: The Olympia Campus Writing Center will accommodate and welcome drop-in writers. Although we don't require that folks schedule in advance, we do recommend it. This is especially recommended during our peak times in the last three weeks (Week 9, 10, and Eval Week) of every quarter.
Events and Workshops
The Writing Center hosts and co-hosts workshops and events throughout the year.
Wednesdays, 5 - 7 pm
A place to write, share, and collaborate with peers. Any skill level, any comfort with writing, any genre. Bring Writing supplies, new or old works and your creativity. Drop by any week, no sign-up needed!
Writer's Open Mic
Presented by the Writing Center and Evergreen's Daniel J. Evans Library
Open Mic Dates:
December 7, 2023 | 5 - 7 pm
March 14, 2024 | 5 - 7 pm
May 23, 2024 | 5 - 7 pm
Sign up and read your poems, stories, and lyrics! Meet other amazing writers and build your writing community! All types of writing and music are welcome—original poetry, spoken word, free writes, excerpts from essays, original songs (acoustic, electric, a cappella) - you name it! Join us in this community to share your work with others.
If you have questions or need more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your feedback means a lot to us. You can give us feedback two ways:
- Olympia Campus
- Mailstop LIB 2300
Monday-Thursday, 12pm-7pm in-person or virtual Friday and Sunday, 12pm to 4pm virtual only