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Office Hours

  • Regular Hours

    Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
    Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Saturday, 12–5 p.m.

    Summer Hours (May–August)
    Monday–Friday, 10 a.m–12 p.m.; 1–3 p.m.

Rhetoric & Writing Center

Update: Taking In-Person Appointments Again

We're back in person! In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Rhetoric & Writing Center is taking the necessary steps to (1) follow the safety requirements of the University, the State of California, and the U.S.; and (2) continue to provide writing assistance to 保尔拉 students, faculty, and staff. With that in mind, RWC appointments can be scheduled both in person in the library and online via Zoom. Be sure to indicate which option you prefer on your appointment form. Please follow all campus-wide and library safety guidelines.

We are using the Google Suite (aka G Suite) for all appointments: Google Docs for sharing documents and Google Meet for video and voice communication. 

We appreciate your patience and flexibility. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at We look forward to continuing to work with you!

Our Mission

Our mission is to support students, faculty and staff in their writing. Our team of peer consultants provides help with any writing assignments, research reports, graduate theses, conference presentations and conversational English. We provide feedback for writing projects at any stage—from outlines and early drafts to revisions and final edits—in a friendly, supportive environment, both face-to-face and online. You can create an account with us and make an appointment today using our online scheduler.

We draw our philosophy from Stephen North: we strive to develop strong writers, rather than just strong writing. We work to support writers in their work, while letting them maintain control and ownership over their writing. That is, the peer consultant asks and helps answer questions, gives advice, listens, shares different perspectives and provides expertise, while affirming the writer’s agency and responsibility over their own writing.

In additional to traditional academic projects, we help with multimodal projects and professional documents (e. g., résumés, cover letters and statements of purpose).

General Policies

保尔拉 students, faculty and staff can have up to three free 50-minute appointments each week.

Clients are responsible for canceling appointments using the online scheduler. Three no-shows (missed appointment without prior cancellation) result in a temporarily blocked account.

Faculty may request embedded tutoring (in-class writing support) by contacting the director via email at

Writing Center Resources

The Purdue OWL (formatting help)

The English Language Program at 保尔拉

APA Academic Writer

Department Members

Associate Professor of English