In the Writing Center, you can get help on all aspects of your writing, from developing ideas to revising and polishing your pieces. We provide assistance with essays; reports; homework that involves writing; the writing skills parts of the Proficiency Exam; M.A. theses and dissertations; and other kinds of writing, such as short stories, poems, résumés, business letters, grants, and proposals.

Summer Schedule
May 23-26
10 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Friday, May 27 10 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, May 31 10 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
June 1-2
10 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Friday, June 3 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, June 5 7-9 p.m.
June 6-9
10 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
7-9 p.m
Friday, June 10 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 13-15
noon-3 p.m.
Thursday, June 16 5-8 p.m.
Friday, June 17 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 20-23
7-9 p.m.
Monday, June 27 7-9 p.m.
June 28-29
noon-3 p.m.
Thursday, June 30 5-8 p.m.

Hours will be announced for July-August at a later date. Hours are subject to change. We are closed on holidays and university breaks. Questions? Email

Online Writing Assistance

The Online Writing Center (login required) is available to students taking distance courses through USD and those who are unable to attend an on-campus session at the Writing Center.

How We Can Help Professors, Instructors and Teaching Assistants

We can come to your classroom to do a brief presentation (5-10 minutes) about the Writing Center.

Classroom Presentation Request Form (login required)

Training Videos

CAAP Proficiency Exam

We provide one-to-one assistance if you are preparing to take or, especially, to retake the writing section of the CAAP (Proficiency Exam).

Start Early

  • Start preparing at the beginning of the semester when the exam will be taken.
  • Schedule two to three 60-minute appointments (login required), or contact our office so that you can take practice versions of the writing portion of the CAAP exam. Specifically request the Practice Proficiency Exam.
  • View more information about the CAAP Exam (login required).

ELL/ESL Conversation

Would you like to practice speaking English with an experienced consultant who understands your needs as an English Language Learner? Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the Writing Center while working on your speaking skills in English and learning about life in the United States. Schedule an appointment or contact us to help you set up an appointment.  


Become a Writing Consultant

Are you a good writer? Do you enjoy helping other students with their writing? If so, consider becoming a writing consultant.

Consultant Application (login required)