Formats of Service


Our services are designed to support writers at all stages of the writing process. Whatever written assignment you have—a response paper, a report, a literary essay, or a research project—we invite you to visit us early and often. You don't have to have 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. Explore our five main forms of services below: AppointmentDrop-inWeeklyWorkshops, and Online Services. Additionally, see what support we have to offer during our RRR Week Writing Retreat.

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Note: Appointment service will return Monday, February 3rd, 2020.

You can schedule a 50-minute appointment with a tutor in advance or same-day to discuss your work in depth. This format is ideal for writers who are looking for tools to solidify their ideas and refine their prose. 

How to Sign up

The use of our appointment service requires a one-time registration— linked also on the Writing Program homepage. Once an account is created, you will be able to make, modify, or cancel an appointment with a click of the button. If you already have an account, simply proceed to Make an Appointment

Create a New Account || Make an Appointment

If you have any questions or encounter any glitches, contact us at

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so at least 2 hours in advance. Cancellations made less than 2 hours in advance are considered late. Two late cancellations or no-shows in a month may result in your tutoring privilege being suspended for the remainder of the semester.


Note: Drop-in service will return Monday, February 3rd, 2020.

Writers can stop by for a 30-minute session with a tutor to discuss specific strategies for strengthening their paper. Drop-in is particularly ideal for writers who are seeking focused feedback on specific aspects of their essay. 

How to Sign up

No prior scheduling is required. Simply sign in in the Vèvè Writing Lounge, located in the atrium of the Chavez Student Center, and one of our friendly tutors will work with you. Drop-in hours are Monday-Friday from 10AM-5PM.


Note: Weekly service will return Monday, February 3rd, 2020.

Weekly Tutoring offers one-on-one writing support for student writers enrolled in any course at Cal. Writers meet with their tutors on a weekly basis to practice writing as a process. This format is ideal for writers who wish to gain deeper insight into the U.S. academic writing conventions and who understand that "good" writing is a practiced and learnable set of skills.

How to Sign up

Orientation Schedule

Fall 2019

Note: Thank you for your interest in our services. We are no longer accepting Weekly Tutoring Requests for Fall 2019. Please check back Spring 2020 to request a Writing tutor for next semester.


We have multiple workshops and are constantly adding new ones. Check out our Workshops page for more information!

Online Services

Online Tutoring combines the flexibility and functionality of our existing formats with the convenience and accessibility of virtual technology. You can work with a friendly tutor in real time from anywhere, using any device that connects you to the internet. 


Schedule a 50-minute Online Appointment here, up to 24-hours in advance. A program representative will contact you to confirm your appointment within four (4) business hours.  

How to Log on for Your Appointment  

Our online service format is supported by Google+ Hangouts. This feature is available on your bMail account. At the time of your appointment, send your draft, notes, outline, and/or prompt from your bMail account to as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment. The subject line should include your name and the date and time of your appointment.

  • You will receive an email from inviting you to join a video call. When you open the message, either a Chat window or Hangout window will appear. Click “Answer” if you see the chat window, and click “Join Hangout” to accept your tutor's invite.
  • If you do not see this email, wait a minute and refresh your screen.
  • You're all set to begin your session. When you're done, just click “Leave Call” to end the video chat. Happy conferencing!

How to Cancel

If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact the Writing Program at with 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 tutoring privileges being suspended for the remainder of the semester.

RRR Week Writing Retreat

Are you working on one or a couple of final papers? Are you more productive around other people? Do you find conversation with an attentive peer tutor helpful to your writing process? If so, our retreat is for you! The SLC Writing Program proudly hosts Writing Toward the Finish Line: A Retreat for Students Working on Final Papers during RRR Week.

Some features include:

  • Focused and motivated peers
  • Friendly, knowledgable tutors
  • A space conducive to writing
  • Light refreshments

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