Reading and Writing Center

Contact Information

Reading and Writing Center Coordinator: Matthew Kenerly

Phone: 559-675-4846

Location: Room AM-154

Fall/Spring Semester Hours

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (writing appointments available beginning at 9:00 AM)
Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Summer Hours

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

Having trouble getting started with a writing assignment? Not sure what else to write about in your draft, or if it’s even saying what you want it to say? Need help making sure your MLA or APA citations are in place? Do the “write” thing and work with a tutor at the Reading and Writing Center (RWC) in room AM-154, where we can offer feedback on writing from across the curriculum.

How does it work?

The RWC features 50-minute appointments which start at the top of each hour during our regular hours. Students who work with an RWC tutor can print up to ten (10) pages for free during weekdays, too, but the space is also freely available for any student who wishes to study and there are laptops available for use.

Drop-in tutoring is available, as well, and online writing feedback will be offered soon, but the only way to guarantee a spot is to make an appointment. You can do this by visiting the RWC in person or calling 559-675-4846.

What kind of writing do you help with at the RWC?

While much of the work that students bring to the RWC comes from MCCC's English courses, we can help with writing from every discipline. Whether you have a draft from a History course about the Civil War, a lab report from a Psychology course, or an interpretation of a painting from an Art course, we can read and respond to whatever student writers are working on.

How many appointments can I make at the RWC?

At the moment, there is no restriction on how many 50-minutes appointments a student can make throughout a week, though this is subject to change.

Can I schedule an appointment at the RWC as part of a group?

Yes, but keep in mind that you must obtain permission from your instructor in order to do so. We can have multiple tutors help multiple students if the need arises.

Do I actually need a full draft to get help at the RWC?

Nope. Students can bring a prompt for a writing assignment if they need help getting started and they can bring partial drafts, as well.

Can I get my draft proofread at the RWC?

Not quite. While we are happy to help students address questions about grammar, RWC tutors strive to give students the power to make their own corrections. This means that both tutor and writer will examine texts together for patterns of error, but writers must be prepared to read their own drafts closely to self-correct those patterns.

Can I bring my draft to the RWC an hour before it's due and get help?

You can, but keep in mind that reading and responding to writing takes time! We'll always try to do what we can, but we always encourage students to make an appointment (or multiple appointments) as soon as they realize that they'll need some feedback.

But I can print at the RWC, right?

Yes! From Monday to Friday in the Fall and Spring semesters, students can print up to ten pages if they schedule an appointment with a writing tutor; on Saturdays in Fall/Spring and in summer sessions, students can print up to ten pages per day without an appointment.

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