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What We Do

The SLC Writing Program supports Cal undergraduates in their journeys to become more persuasive and more purposeful writers. Via student-initiated conferences and peer-facilitated workshops, our services seek to embolden students to take ownership of their growth as writers and scholars. 

Our Philosophy

Our program operates on the premise that writing is both a tool for intellectual discoveries and a means to social and personal empowerment. A writer, we believe, is someone who writes, and the act of writing itself is a fundamental human right. Our mission to support students to become stronger writers is both a professional responsibility and a social justice endeavor. Our praxis builds on the strengths of collaborative peer pedagogy. We leverage the tremendous drive, resourcefulness, and talents that our tutors and writers bring to the SLC to enhance the collective success and sense of community for all Cal students. By engaging in critical writing-center praxis and innovative peer pedagogy, we take pride in being a community where staff and students support one another to become independent thinkers, thoughtful writers, and positive agents for change. 

Our Formats of Service

Our services are desgined to support writers at all stages of the writing process. Whatever written assignments you have -- a response paper, a report, a literary essay, or a research project -- we encourage you start early and come visit us often.                     You don't have to bring a complete draft to work with a tutor. Bring a prompt, a rough idea, or just reading notes, and we will work with you to build a solid foundation for your paper. Expand the sections below to see which format is for you.


Drop-In Service

Drop-In Tutoring is most ideal for writers who have already fulfilled the first half of their Reading and Composition requirement, and are working on an academic assignment for any course. Drop-in sessions are thirty minutes long, and tutors can assist with any stage of the writing process.

How to Sign Up

No prior scheduling is required.  Simply come by the Drop-in Writing table in the Atrium of the Chavez Student Center during posted hours.  Drop-in begins the third week of classes. Drop-in is open M-F 10-5PM. 

By-Appointment Service

Individual appointments with a Writing tutor can be scheduled in advance by students who have fulfilled the first half of the Reading & Composition requirement and are working on an academic assignment for any course. By-Appointment sessions are 50 minutes in length, and tutors can assist with any stage of the writing process.

How to Sign Up

Make an appointment

How to Cancel

If you need to cancel your appointment and the By-Appointment system does not allow you to, please contact the Writing Program at and indicate your full name and the day/time of your appointment. Please be sure to cancel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance are considered late cancellations.

Note: Two late cancellations within one month can result in your By-Appointment tutoring privileges being suspended for the remainder of the semester. 

Semester-Long Service (Formerly Individual Tutoring)

This format pairs a student writer with the same tutor for weekly meetings throughout the semester. Semester-long Tutoring is ideal for all students taking R&C-A courses.

How to Sign-Up

Submit a Semester-Long Tutoring Request Form and attend a required SLT Orientation Session. Once you've submitted the form, we will send you a list of orientation dates & times.

Semester-Long R&C Workshops

Each semester we offer 1-unit P/NP adjunct Writing Workshop 98 sections to provide additional support to Reading & Composition writers. 

How to Sign-Up

Spring 2015 offering includes two workshops:

Cal Scholars Write: Reading and Composition Skills for the Global Age

Semester-Long R&C-A Writing Workshop || Tuesdays, 3:30-5PM, 160 Chavez

Facilators: Cynthia Garcia and Shilo Pinto-Quintanilla 

Cal Scholars Write: Research and Composition Skills for the Global Age

R&C-B Writing Workshop Series || Fridays, 12:30-2PM, 151 Chavez

Facilators: Sydney Rock and Cheyenne Overall

Any students currently enrolled in an R&C course are eligible to take the workshop. For information on how to sign up, please contact the Writing Coordinator at

Own the Researcher in You: Research Workshop Series

As research increasingly becomes a hallmark of Cal undergraduate education, the ability to engage in research is both an indispensable skill for academic success and a great opportunity for intellectual transformation. This interactive, five-part workshop series is designed to support Cal undergraduates in their journeys to become scholars. Join us for a conversation about the function of research and explore the skills to strengthen your scholarly voice. Find out how you can animate the process of knowledge production and contribute to Cal’s mission as one of the world’s leading centers for research! Come join us for one or all sessions! RSVP required.



Kick Start Your Research: Making Plans to Stay Ahead

Wed. March 11, 2015 || 5-6:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP 

This workshop is designed to get you started on your research project. We will cover faculty expectations of research at Cal, walk through the structure of a research paper, and explore the resources available to student researchers on campus. From the Deep Web to the Main Stacks, you will acquire the know-how to navigate the research process at Cal. Whether you’re eager to get started or unsure where to begin, you will leave the session with a realistic and accomplishable action plan that will keep you engaged and on-track to finish strong.

Scholar, Activated: Turning Your Curiosities into Tangible Research Questions

Wed. March 18, 2015 || 5-6:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP 

This workshop offers strategies for bringing your research project into sharper focus. We will discuss qualities of a feasible research project, and explore elements of an intellectually significant research question. Whether you are overflowing with ideas or still looking for inspiration, you will come away with an enhanced understanding of how to choose your subject, identify your audience, focus your research effort, and approximate your research question.  

From the Archives and Back: Making Meaning of Your Sources

Wed. April 1, 2015 || 5-6:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP 

Engaging with primary and secondary sources is integral to the research process. It informs your scholarly voice, shapes the direction of your research, and strengthens your claim. This workshop provides you with concrete strategies for analyzing and making meaning of your sources. You will leave the session with a healthy dose of scholarly skepticism and the skills to discern the validity and rigor of scientific evidence. Ultimately, you will understand how evidence can be used to convince the reader of your claim.

Break Ground: Building the Paper You Envisioned

Wed. April 22, 2015 || 5-6:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

This workshop is designed to get your writing juices flowing. We will cover strategies for transforming your findings and observations into a coherent, well-supported, and well-written research paper. You will discover creative ways to stay committed to the writing process and allow your vision to materialize. Whether you’re still brainstorming or already working on a draft, you will come away with a sound structure for your paper, a clear plan of action, and a renewed motivation to reach the finish line.

Let Your Writing Sing: Realizing Your Vision Through Revision

Wed. May 6, 2015 || 5-6:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP 

Now that you have turned in your research proposal, carefully analyzed your primary and secondary sources, and produced a draft of your research paper, you could benefit from a discerning reader to help you strengthen your work. Our hands-on workshop will provide you with concrete strategies for becoming your own discerning reader. You will come to appreciate revision as an integral, and rewarding, part of the writing process, and will leave with the tools to bolster your critical eye, strengthen your organization, and enliven your writing.