Writing Center

The Writing Center — on the Yakima and Grandview campuses — is a resource for YV​C students and faculty. Our primary purpose is to guide students to become better writers in a college setting.

The mission of YVC​’s two Writing Centers is to provide writing support to student writers at all levels of experience and writing skills across the curriculum.

We believe that learning to write well means sharing your writing with others. That’s why the Yakima and Grandview Writing Centers exist—to help you become a better writer by spending time with you on your writing projects. Because we support your thinking and writing, we will not write your papers for you, correct errors, or polish sentences. Instead, we listen to your writing concerns, show you ways to get started, ask questions, offer suggestions and encouragement, and in general help you pay attention to your thoughts as they develop on the page.

In-Person Writing Assistance

The Yakima and Grandview Writing Centers (Glenn Anthon 125, Building #4 / Grandview Main, Building #56) are open for drop-in consultations. Please scroll down for specific hours.

For quick questions, our staff is also available by email at wcenter@yvcc.edu and by phone at 509.574.4829 (Yakima) or 509.882.7055 (Grandview).

First off, use the friendly Writing Center space to write, study, meet with your study group, and/or get assistance with your writing projects

If you need writing assistance:

  • Remember that the sooner you come to the center after getting your assignment, the more time you will have to develop your ideas.
  • Bring your assignment sheet.
  • Bring a draft, if you have one.
  • Bring specific questions, ideas, or concerns.
  • Be prepared to get to work on brainstorming your ideas or your draft.
  • Feel free to use our helpful handbooks and handouts, even when you aren’t working with a tutor.
  • Visit often. Stay as long as you like. Good writers go through several drafts before producing their final papers.
  • Receive feedback multiple times while you work on your paper or project.

ZOOM Writing Assistance

Schedule a Writing Center Zoom tutor appointment time. Once you’ve booked an appointment in an available slot, you will receive an email with a Zoom meeting link for the appropriate day and time. Note: appointments cannot be booked less than four hours in advance of the appointment. Please plan accordingly.

Email Writing Assistance

Email writing assistance allows you to receive feedback on your work when you can’t make it to one of the centers during our regular hours. If you prefer to receive writing assistance via email, please fill out and submit this form, and we will respond with feedback within two business days.

This service is intended for the use of YVC students only — Thank you!

We are a learning service, not an “editing” service, and will not correct your work for you.

Please allow two business days for our response.

Ask specific questions or direct us to specific areas in your draft, or you may ask a general question if you don’t have a draft yet.

Here are some examples of the kinds of questions you could ask:

  • Do my ideas seem to be in order? Are they organized?
  • Is my introduction interesting?
  • Does this part make sense? (point us to a specific paragraph or paragraphs)
  • Is my thesis clear? What is a thesis, anyway?
  • Do I have a main point? What is it?
  • I have been told I write a lot of run-ons. Do you see any run-on sentences? or How can I correct them?
  • Am I citing my sources correctly? Our instructor wants us to use MLA (or APA?) format.
  • Am I using semicolons correctly?

Writing Center Hours

Yakima Campus

  • Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Grandview Campus

  • Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: CLOSED

Zoom Hours

  • Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Getting Assistance as You Write

We offer writing assistance through conversations about specific parts of your paper you are concerned about. These discussions take place in either Writing Center or through Zoom between you and a trained Writing Center tutor. We offer feedback on any writing project, including papers for all disciplines as well as college scholarship applications and letters. We also assist in the editing process by showing students proofreading strategies, ways to identify patterns of error, and how to use helpful handbooks and other resources.

  • Help you decipher your assignment and start brainstorming ideas
  • Listen to your ideas and help you start writing
  • Check the focus of your paper to see if it matches the assignment criteria
  • Show you ways to organize and develop your ideas
  • Offer suggestions and encouragement during revisions
  • Help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your paper
  • Help throughout the entire writing process, from brainstorming to drafting and final drafts
  • Welcome writers from all backgrounds and of all skill levels
  • Read, listen, and talk with you about your work in all stages of the writing process from gathering ideas, to drafting, revising, and editing
  • Discuss writing strategies
  • Answer questions about spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Show you how to proofread and correct errors
  • Respect your decisions about what to change in your writing projects
  • Edit your paper for you
  • Discuss grades or suggest a grade for a piece of writing
  • Correct your papers or do the writing for you
  • Take ownership of your paper (you are the writer and ultimately in control of your paper’s outcome)
  • Pretend to be the experts of your writing—that is your role
  • Pretend to be experts in biology, history, psychology, nursing, nutrition, and so on—that is your instructor’s role

Writing Center Staff

The Dire​ctor

Dodie​ Forrest is a die-hard writing center enthusiast, writing instructor, writer, and coach for the staff of consultants. Give her a call any time you have a question or comment about the Writing Center.

Dodie Forrest Writing Center Director
Yakima Writing Center
Glenn Anthon, Building #4
Rooms 125B & 177

Grandview Writing Center
Grandview Main, Building #56
Room L101

Writing Center Coordinators and Lead Consultants

Writing center coordinators and lead consultants are experienced writers and readers, who hold varied degrees and have extensive experience in writing-intensive fields. They help to train our peer consultants, hold individual conferences with students, create many of our writing center materials, and field questions about grammar and punctuation.

Joshua SwayneWriting Center Coordinator
Yakima Campus
Johnny Roger SchofieldWriting Center Coordinator
Yakima Campus
Jordan LaMayWriting Center Coordinator
Grandview Campus

Writing Center Consultants

Yakima Peer Consultants

  • Christy Hankins
  • Anna Swedin

Grandview Peer Consultants

  • Rilla Roberts
  • Karla Alvarez Gonzalez
  • Mia Dang

Peer consultants are generally students with varying backgrounds and majors who have proven themselves to be strong writers and have been trained to help other students with their writing projects. Some are earning credit through English 185, some hold paid positions, and a few even volunteer their time.