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​Welcome to the ​So​uthern C​alifornia Writing Center!​​​




scheduling system update

The Southern California Writing Center is now scheduling appointments via WCONLINE. Click the "Schedule Appointment & Submit Work" link above to access our calendar. We have writing and statistics coaches available to assist you Monday-Friday. ​

View a video tutorial on how to make an appointment at the Southern California Writing Center.​​

 


Southern California Writing Center Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to engage students in their learning process, to empower them to be skillful and confident writers, and to help them become effective contributors to their discipline. This is achieved through the ability to critically evaluate research and support assertions. We believe writing is a life-long process that provides an outlet for students to have an active voice in their chosen field of study and career path. We commit to helping all students develop and hone skills that will enhance their academic and professional lives. ​​ 


Southern California Writing Center Vision and Approach: 

The CA Writing Center is a place where students of all degree levels and disciplines can feel safe and supported in developing their skills, a place that is free from judgment, and a place where the processes of inquiry and incremental improvement are valued above all else. In line with the Vision and Values of The Chicago School, the CA Writing Center provides innovative services and learning resources to assist certificate, bachelor, master, and doctoral students on their path to becoming stronger academic writers. ​


To advance our mission and vision and assist writers at all stages of their academic journey, we offer:​

  • 1:1 Writing consultations for course work, masters theses, and dissertation proposal chapters
  • Workshops and seminars on academic and professional writing
  • Customized support and resources for multilingual students
All appointments between writing coaches and students focus on collaboration. Instead of “fixing” or “correcting” papers, coaches have a conversation. The goal is for writers to develop self-reflection, critical thinking, and techniques for their writing process. Together the writing coach and the writer navigate their work by allowing the writer to take an active role in clearly expressing their ideas.

Statistics support:

Make an appointment with a statistics coach by using the link at the top of the page. For specialized help, email [email protected].

Frequently asked questions:​

What can the California Writing Center help with?

We offer feedback on writing and one-on-one statistics coaching.
These services can be accessed through our calendar at the "Schedule Appointment/Submit Work" link above.

Can I submit my dissertation for review?

We do not copyedit full dissertations (this service is provided by Dissertation Processing), but we do accept dissertation chapters for in-person or written feedback appointments of up to 1 hour in length. Please indicate what you would like the coach to focus on (e.g. organization, APA formatting check), as the focus of your appointment can affect how much content can be reviewed in 1 hour. If you would like your full dissertation read by the Writing Center, plan on multiple appointments over multiple weeks, and plan to take time between visits to incorporate our feedback throughout your full document. We do not accept more than one dissertation appointment per student per day.

Can I make an appointment now and upload my document later?

Yes! You can attach your file to the appointment through our online calendar at any point up to the appointment start time. We will try to send you a reminder the day of your appointment if we do not yet see a file attached. Appointments will be canceled if no file is uploaded by 10 minutes after the appointment start time.

What do I do if I'm running late for an appointment?

Your writing or statistics coach will wait for you until 10 minutes after the start of the appointment then cancel the appointment. If you know you are late but are planning to attend, contact [email protected] to let us know. Otherwise, please visit our calendar to reschedule for a later time.​

Are pre-formatted APA document templates available?

Yes! Our colleagues at the Online Writing and Learning Center have created an APA Style assignment template and an APA Style dissertation template available for your use. The dissertation template, along with the dissertation manual and other important forms, can be accessed on the Dissertation Documents​ page. The assignment template is accessible through the Online Writing and Learning Center website.


Southern California​ writing center Contact Information:

​California Campus Writing Center Email: [email protected]


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California Campus​ Contact

Cara Popecki
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