Writing Center

The Writing Center is a space for all Grays Harbor College students to work on their writing assignments and receive individual guidance from knowledgeable tutors.

Fall 2018

Location: Spellman Library, room 1515
Phone: 360-538-4032
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

The Writing Center is a peaceful, open workspace where GHC students work on reading and writing assignments. The Writing Center can comfortably accommodate up to 20 students at a time and is equipped with 10 computers and a printer.

GHC students can get feedback and collaboration from the Writing Center in four different ways:

Drop-In Reading and Writing Sessions

All GHC students can drop in the center during hours of operation to work on their reading and writing assignments and ask questions of the knowledgeable tutors available to help. This option is great for:

  • working on drafts of writing assignments
  • reading textbooks and taking notes
  • when you think you'll have some questions crop up here and there as you read/write
  • checking to make sure you understand an assignment before getting started
  • giving yourself a distraction-free environment to help you get work done
  • making use of the center's handouts, reference books, or other resources

In-Person Appointments

All GHC students can call or stop by the center to set up an appointment with a Writing Center tutor. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be made up to two weeks in advance. This option is great for:

  • when you have reached a stopping point on an assignment and you would like it reviewed from beginning to end
  • working together with a tutor on reading and note-taking for a difficult chapter, handout, journal article, etc.
  • sitting down and having a brainstorming session with another person
  • peer review assignments given to you by your instructor
  • working through writer's block

Online Tutoring

All GHC students can access electronic services provided in part by the GHC Writing Center. Students can upload assignments to the Online Writing Lab in order to receive feedback; they can also submit questions about their writing assignments to eQuestions. Log in to your eTutoring account using your my.ghc.edu login and password at www.etutoring.org. This option is great for: 

  • when you need help after we’re closed, on the weekends, or any other time when the Writing Center is closed
  • when you're not able to physically come to campus for assistance

English 100L - Writing Lab

Students can enroll in English 100L, a for-credit course called "Writing Lab." Students in English 111 are not assigned homework or tests. English 111 is a lab-skills class that requires students to attend the Writing Center a certain number of hours a week and work on their writing assignments for their other classes during that time. Writing Lab students must follow certain protocols, including planning and reflecting on their daily sessions. Students can enroll in 1 credit (must attend 2 hours/week) or 2 credits (must attend 4 hours/week). This option is great for:

  • students who are enrolled in a class with frequent reading and writing assignments (for example, courses in English and History, and some social  or natural science courses)
  • students who are re-taking an English pathway course (ENGL 60, 95, 101, 102, 235) for a second time
  • students who are looking for more opportunities to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence with regard to college reading and writing, as well as academic vocabulary and critical thinking

Additional Information

Closures

The Writing Center will be closed on all days when classes are not in session. The Writing Center will also be closed on days when campus is closed due to inclement weather or holidays, including November 12, November 22, and November 23, 2018, as well as January 21, February 18, and May 27, 2019.

Final Exams

The Writing Center remains open for regular hours during final exam days each quarter.

Free Internet Resources

Students may find the following resources useful:

  • Grays Harbor College students can get a free copy of Microsoft Office 365, which includes Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • The Purdue OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab) is one of the most popular writing resources online, and it's free.
  • The Punctuation Guide provides an easy-to-understand breakdown for every punctuation mark, including commas, colons, and semicolons.
  • Expresso is a free web-based application that identifies stylistic patterns (not necessarily errors) in your writing. 
  • Noisli is a free web-based application for creating background sounds to create a better studying environment.