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.

Summer 2018 - Writing Tutoring

During the Summer 2018 academic quarter, GHC students can get feedback and collaboration on their writing assignments in two ways: in-person and electronically.

In Person

In-person writing tutoring will take place in the Learning Center, which has relocated from the 4000 building to room 1519 on the 1st floor of the library. In-person writing tutoring will be offered when classes are in session (July 2 - August 9), according to the following schedule:

  • Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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 the following website: https://www.etutoring.org/login.cfm?institutionid=240

Fall 2018 - The Writing Center

Location: Spellman Library, room 1515
Phone: 360-538-4032
Website (my.ghc.edu login and password): https://www.etutoring.org/login.cfm?institutionid=240

The Writing Center is a peaceful, open workspace for students to work on reading and writing assignments. The Writing Center can comfortably accommodate up to 20 students at a time and is equipped with 11 computers and a printer.

As of Fall 2018, the Writing Center will open in its new location, room 1515 of the library (across from the TRiO offices). GHC students can get feedback and collaboration from the Writing Center in four ways:

Drop-In Reading and Writing Sessions

All GHC students can drop in the center during hours of operation (Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) to work on their reading and writing assignments and ask questions of the knowledgeable tutors available to help. Students operate independently, and tutors check in periodically to see if the student has any questions. 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 write
  • checking in to make sure you understand an assignment before getting started
  • getting over that hurdle of getting started
  • 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 start on the hour and last for 45 minutes. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 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
  • 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 the following website: https://www.etutoring.org/login.cfm?institutionid=240. This option is great for: 

  • when you need help after 2:00 p.m., 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 111 - Writing Lab

Students can enroll in English 111, 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

The Purdue OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab) is one of the most popular writing resources online, and it's free.
In particular, students may be interested in the Purdue OWL's MLA Sample Paper, APA Sample Paper, Chicago Style Sample Paper, or the Citation Style Chart.
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 patterns (not necessarily errors) in your writing. 
Grays Harbor College students can get a free copy of Microsoft Office 365, which includes Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
Noisli is a free web-based application for creating background sounds to create a better studying environment.