Learning Support Center

Writing Center

Located in Mukilteo Hall, first floor, Room 113 | 425.640.1750

The Writing Center, staffed with both instructors and accomplished peer tutors, offers free support to students on writing assignments in any subject area and at any stage in the writing process. We can help students at any point in the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing.

What Can I Expect at the Writing Center?

Our goal is not only to help you improve your current paper, but also to help you learn strategies for revising your writing on your own, without a tutor present. Our aim is to help you become a stronger, more confident writer. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about how the Writing Center works.

Do I need an appointment?

No. All of our (free) tutoring is on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis. Stop by whenever you need help and we’ll have Writing Assistants ready to work with you.

How often can I have a writing conference?

You may have 1 conference with a Writing Assistant per day. If you want to work on the same paper more than once a week, please make sure that you’ve done significant work on your own between sessions.

What should I bring?

Make sure to bring your assignment sheet from your instructor—we can help you best if we know exactly what you’ve been asked to do in your paper. And, of course, bring any writing you’ve completed so far—notes, outlines, a partial draft, or a full paper. (Though we can also discuss the assignment and help you brainstorm ideas, too!) Finally, bring some questions and concerns about your writing. Have something in mind that you want to discuss with the Writing Assistant.

How long are tutoring sessions?

Typically, between 20 and 40 minutes. They range in time depending on the questions you have about your writing and what you want help with, so a conference could be shorter than 20 minutes, but it will never be longer than 40 minutes. We don’t want to overwhelm you with information, so we like to stick to that time limit.

Who will I work with?

Most likely, a peer tutor! Most of our Writing Assistants are students here at Edmonds CC, while others are enrolled in other nearby universities, or already have undergraduate (and graduate!) degrees. Our Writing Assistants have a variety of educational backgrounds and interests and are strong writers with friendly, supportive personalities.

Can I get my paper edited or proofread?

Not exactly—our Writing Assistants won’t edit or proofread your paper for you, but they are happy to model and teach you strategies for finding grammar errors and typos so that you can fix them on your own.

What will we talk about?

Your concerns about your paper will help to set the agenda. That said, Writing Assistants will want to discuss the thesis, organization, evidence and support, and overall clarity of your paper before moving into discussions about grammar. It’s best to make sure the ideas and examples in your paper are clear and strong before focusing entirely on grammar—if your sentences are grammatically perfect but don’t help support a strong thesis, then you’re going to have to rewrite them anyway!

I’m finished with my conference—now what?

Now that you’ve worked with a Writing Assistant and have made some plans about how to revise your paper—go and start those revisions! After every writing conference is finished, there’s still plenty of work left to do on a paper; leave yourself enough time to adjust your paper before turning it in. Writing conferences are starting points for revising, but the bulk of the work will be left up to you after a conference is finished.

What if I can't visit the Center in person?

Try eTutoring! Free online writing assistance is available to current students at Edmonds Community College.

Students may earn credit in the Writing Center: WRITE 095 and WRITE 101

Students with enough writing in their other classes may choose to register for 1 or 2 credits in the Writing Center and work with faculty.  Students commonly work on essay structure, clarity of ideas, development of ideas, and mechanics. Registration permitted through the first seven weeks (six weeks in Summer).

Are you interested in tutoring in the Writing Center? 

Visit the center at Mukilteo Hall, first floor, room 113, e-mail us at tutoring@edcc.edu, or call us at 425.640.1750 for our schedules and further information about the Writing Center.