In the Writing Center, you can get help on all aspects of your writing, from developing ideas to revising and polishing your pieces. We assist with all kinds of writing: academic 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, and proposals.

Writing Center information handout

How to schedule an appointment

Hours of Operation


9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


9 a.m. - 3 p.m.




5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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

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

View more information about the CAAP Exam (login required).

ELL/IEP Conversation

Would you like to practice speaking English with others at the university who understand your needs as an English Language Learner? Our consultants and volunteers will meet with you one-on-one in a comfortable, supportive environment.


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)