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.

Spring 2017 Schedule (Jan. 17 - April 28)
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Hours are subject to change. We are closed on holidays and university breaks. Hours will be scheduled for finals week. 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, 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).

Multilingual/ESL Conversation

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while working with an experienced consultant 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

If you are a good writer and enjoy helping other students with their writing, consider becoming a writing consultant.

Consultant Application (login required)