Writing Center

Receive help on all areas of your writing from developing ideas to revising and polishing your pieces. We provide assistance with:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Homework that involves writing
  • M.A. Theses and dissertations
  • Short stories
  • Poems
  • Résumés
  • Business letters
  • Grants and proposals

Schedule an Appointment

Hours

Sep. 11 - Dec. 5
Monday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 5-9 p.m.

Hours are subject to change. We are closed on holidays and university breaks.


Other Assistance

Online Writing Assistance

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

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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 (myUSD 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.

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Workshops

Our free, weekly workshops cover a variety of writing-related topics. Attend in person or online.

Training Videos

We have several videos available to teach you how to set up or format papers in various styles such as Chicago, MLA and APA.

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Become a Writing Consultant

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

As a peer writing consultant, you are expected to:

  • Work eight to 12 hours per week
  • Attend 60 to 90-minute staff meetings on Fridays at 3 p.m.
  • Work with a variety of writers, including undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty
  • Help both on-campus and distance writers

If hired, you will undergo a paid training program. Undergraduate consultants-in-training are paid $8.85 per hour, with pay increasing to $9.35 once training is complete. Graduate students start at $10.85 during training and increase to $11.35.

Prerequisites

  • Grade of A or B in both English 101 and another writing-intensive course, such as English 210, English 201 or a writing course in your major or minor
  • Sophomore status or higher in upcoming spring semester
  • Available to work at least two semesters in the Writing Center
  • Minimum 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA

Apply to be a Writing Consultant (myUSD login required)