The Writing Center Philosophy

We at The Writing Center are your mentors, partners, and teachers who know the benefit of having a supportive community that hears and values writers and works with them to develop productive writing processes. We offer a thoughtful sounding board for ideas, give substantive feedback, and provide clarification for all stages and all genres of written work.   

The Writing Center’s staff provides support for an intellectually varied body of thinkers who are tackling a broad array of writing projects. Our professionally experienced and well-trained Writing Mentors are writers and teachers that have diverse academic specialties and either hold or are currently pursuing graduate degrees. Our services are designed to support the UCSC student community, including undergraduate and graduate students. During one-on-one sessions and in writing groups, we collaborate with writers to support their intellectual development and to help them negotiate writing mechanics while honing strong writing techniques.

As writing mentors, and writers ourselves, we value diverse writing processes. We support developing skilled and confident communication to cultivate a climate of deep, critical thinking that is the groundwork for constructing knowledge. We are here to be a member of your writing community.

Bring us your budding ideas, your developing thoughts, your unpunctuated drafts, or your final polishing needswe are here to work with you!