About Us


"I appreciate the tutors at the Writing Center being there to support me with all of my assignments. I wouldn't have been able to pass my classes without coming here for two years."

--Elaine Yen, SJSU Student

"I so much appreciate the way in which the Writing Center follows up with instructors -- THANK YOU!"

--Michael Fallon
Associate Director, SJSU Center for Community Learning and Leadership

Writing Center group picture, with writing handbooks

Who Are We?

The SJSU Writing Center is directed by Michelle Hager, a lecturer from the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The Writing Center is staffed by lower-division Assistant Writing Specialists and upper-division or graduate-level Writing Specialists. Our Assistant Writing Specialists and Writing Specialists have met a rigorous GPA requirement, and they are well trained to assist students at all levels within all disciplines.

Please refer to our "Faculty" and "Staff" pages to read full bios of all our tutors and faculty members. In addition, you can watch a video tour of the Writing Center filmed by our Writing Specialists.

For detailed information, refer to our 2012-2013 Annual Report. If you'd like to request a copy of a previous annual report, please contact us.

Why Are We Here?

Quite simply, we're here to help SJSU students become better writers and to assist faculty by eliciting the best writing from their students. Whether you're a science major creating an abstract, an engineering student drafting a design report, an art student writing a freshman composition, or a psychology major working on a case study, your writing will be judged by your instructors now and by your potential employers later. Learning to communicate your ideas clearly and expressively will greatly increase your chances of success at SJSU and beyond.

What Do We Do?

We're here to help you discover what works for you and to help you learn how to make the most of it. We can help you organize your thoughts and communicate them articulately, properly cite your sources, conform to documentation styles, avoid plagiarism, and correct your punctuation. We understand the special needs of ESL and returning students, and we're experts in all phases of writing.

Our individual tutoring sessions provide each student with a personalized approach to writing that considers his or her assignment goals, existing abilities and knowledge, and skill development needs. If you're working on a group paper, or if you share a writing concern with some classmates, we can arrange a group tutoring session to meet your needs. We also offer one-hour workshops that cover a variety of topics, including punctuation, grammar, and essay exams.

It's difficult enough being a college student -- don't let a writing assignment add to your stress. We'll be your guides through the often bewildering world of words, and you'll emerge with better grades, more confidence, and the communication skills necessary to your success.