"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
Regardless of your major or class standing, your writing will be judged by your instructors now and by your potential employers later. Learning to communicate your ideas clearly will increase your chances of success at SJSU and beyond. We can help you organize your thoughts and communicate them articulately, properly cite your sources, avoid plagiarism, and use correct 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 goals, existing abilities and knowledge, and skill development needs. We also offer one-hour workshops that cover a variety of topics, including grammar, punctuation, and essay exams. Our Writing Specialists create original Homegrown Handouts every semester, which you can use for further study.
For more information, you can watch a video tour of the Writing Center filmed by our Writing Specialists. Also refer to our 2013-2014 Annual Report. If you'd like to request a copy of a previous annual report, please contact us.
The Writing Center is staffed by lower-division Assistant Writing Specialists and upper-division or graduate-level Writing Specialists. Our Writing Specialists are well trained to assist students at all levels within all disciplines. We're here to help SJSU students become better writers and to assist faculty by eliciting the best writing from their students.
The Writing Center is directed by Michelle Hager, a faculty member in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Faculty-in-Residence also work at the Writing Center every semester, completing projects that are crucial to the success of the Center.