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What We Do

The SLC Writing Program works under the assumption that all writers, regardless of their experience and abilities, benefit from informed, individualized, and personal feedback on their writing.  Our professional educators and trained peer tutors work with writers engaged in any stage of the writing process - from brainstorming paper topics, to formulating and organizing arguments, to developing editing skills. Tutors are trained to work with non-native speakers of English and with writers from a variety of disciplines.

Formats of Service

The Writing Program offers support in a number of formats, including Drop-In and By-Appointment tutoring for students taking R1B-level courses and above, Individual Weekly Tutoring for students enrolled in College Writing R1A and other Reading and Composition (R&C) courses, Workshop 98 sections for selected R&C and English courses, Special Topics Workshops, and an on-line selection of handouts and resources that writers may find useful.

Drop-In Tutoring

Drop-In Tutoring is designed for students 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 generally 30-50 minutes, depending upon whether there are other students waiting, and tutors can assist with any stage of the writing process. The Drop-in format gives students maximum flexibility, but may involve a wait during busy periods. Check for more more information and our current schedule.

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.

By-Appointment Tutoring (scheduled as needed)

Individual appointments with a Writing tutor may 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. The By-Appointment format requires advance scheduling, but ensures a reserved 50-minute session with a tutor.

How to Sign Up

The schedule of available appointment slots is posted one week in advance. Access the current schedule and make an appointment.

Individual Tutoring (semester-long)

This format pairs students with a particular tutor for weekly meetings throughout the semester. Weekly meetings with an individually paired tutor allows tutor and student to develop a comfortable, productive relationship and leads to the greatest gains in writing over the course of the semester.  Individual Tutoring is ideal for students taking College WritingR1A, 4A, and other courses fulfilling the first half of their Reading & Composition requirement, and these students have priority for Individual Tutoring assignments.

How to Sign-Up

Request an Individual Tutor assignment and read the posted guidelines and use the link provided. Individual Tutoring assignments are limited and early sign-up is strongly recommended.

English 98: Other Voices

(Spring Semester only) This 2unit, p/np course supports the efforts of all students who are considering or entering literary studies. Explore the diversity of voices in literature and other media through guest lectures and small discussion sections. In the process, develop and express your own voice, find out more about the experience of your classmates, and get to know the research and interests of a variety of professors and departments on campus.

How to Sign-Up

Enroll through Tele-Bears. More details and the current CCN are posted on the Other Voices page.

Writing Workshop 98 (African American Studies, Chicano Studies, English)

Each semester we offer 1-unit p/np adjunct Writing Workshop 98 sections along with selected courses, particularly Reading & Composition as well as English 45.  Led by an experienced tutor, the Writing Workshop provides the opportunity to explore ideas, discuss readings and paper topics, try out essay-writing strategies and review drafts of papers.

How to Sign-Up

Advance registration is required, and opens concurrently with Tele-Bears for each semester. Check the Writing Workshops page to see current offerings and enrollment instructions.

Special Topics Workshops

Each semester we offer a variety of Workshops on topics of special interest.  Some of our most popular include our College Writing R1A Portfolio Workshops, and the Academics at Cal Workshop Series for International Students.

Amplify Your Academic Writing Voice

This workshop demystifies academic writing by providing concrete tools and techniques for students to cultivate their academic writing voice.  You will learn to manage complexity, balance clarity with nuance, and maintain the integrity of your ideas.  In doing so, you will gain skills to navigate academic writing expectations at Cal.

Come to one of our workshops:

Friday, October 24th, 2:00-3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 28th, 1:00-2:00 pm

Monday, November 3rd, 2:00-3:00 pm

All sessions in Chávez 151


To RSVP, email 

Summer Sessions Writing Services

During Summer Sessions, from June 9th to August 15th, the SLC Writing Program offers both By-Appointment and Individual Writing Tutoring Services. To sign up, visit our Summer Sessions Writing Services page.