The Writing Center — on the Yakima and Grandview campuses — is a resource for YVC students and faculty. Our primary purpose is to guide students to become better writers in a college setting.
We work with writers at any stage of the writing process, from getting started to final draft. Students may bring an assignment, an idea, or a draft to the Center and meet with a trained writing consultant.
If you can’t get to one of the Centers, we can give you feedback on your paper online through our Online Consultations link.
The mission of YVC’s two Writing Centers is to provide one-to-one 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.
Writing Center Services
What we do
- 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
- Help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your writing
- 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
What we don’t do
- Discuss grades or suggest a grade for a piece of writing
- Correct your papers or do the writing for you
- 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
Glenn Anthon Hall, Building #4
Grandview Main Building, Building #56
What we offer:
Online Consultations allow busy YVC students to receive feedback on their work when they can’t make it to one of the Centers during our regular hours.
This service is intended for the use of YVC students only — Thank you!
Please be aware
- Our consultants focus their comments first on content and organization.
- We can answer specific questions about grammar, spelling, and punctuation; however, we are not an “editing service” and will not proofread your work for you.
- Please allow 24 to 48 hours for our response.
Help us to help you
- Fill out all areas of the form (see below).
- 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 format.
- Am I using semicolons correctly?
An individual consultation is a 30-minute conversation about your paper. It takes place in the Writing Center between you and a trained Writing Center Consultant.
Consultants offer feedback on any writing project, including papers for all disciplines as well as college scholarship applications and letters. Consultants also assist in the editing process by showing students proof reading strategies, ways to identify patterns of error, and how to use handbooks and other resources.
For faculty, consultants can provide feedback on writing assignments from a student’s perspective.
What we do
- 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.
What we don’t do
- Edit your paper for you.
- Offer a grade for your work.
- Take ownership of your paper (you are the writer and ultimately in control of your paper’s outcome).
Appointments are preferred, but we can accommodate drop-ins if the schedule allows.
- Yakima, to make an appointment, come to the Writing Center, in Glenn Anthon Hall, Building 4, Room 125). Or call us at 509.574.4829.
- Grandview, to make an appointment, come to the Writing Center in Grandview Main, Building 56, Room 101. Or call us at 509.882.7073.
Tips for getting the most out of your visit
- Come early. 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 or concerns.
- Be prepared to get to work on your ideas or your draft.
- Use our handbooks and handouts, even when you aren’t working with a consultant.
- Visit often. You can visit the center multiple times with one paper. Good writers go through several drafts before producing their final papers.
- Make an appointment: Drop-ins are welcome, but we may not have a consultant available.
The Writing Center offers two courses that students may take for credit.
English 085, Writing Workshop (1 – 2 cr.)
Whether you are taking other English courses or not, you can sharpen your writing and thinking skills in this class. The course guides students through writing assignments (either those from other classes, or ones that we provide to you) and other related work from any or all of your classes.
In the workshop you will get individual assistance from consultants at the center who will coach you in the process of writing, from start to finish. Consultants will show you strategies for gathering ideas, drafting, organizing, and revising your work, as well as how to view grammar “errors” as opportunities to learn.
The workshop also offers guidance in critical reading strategies and provides a place where students can ask questions about academic language and expectations.
You can register for one or two credits. Meeting times are arranged between you and the Center. English 085 is graded on an S/F basis and can be repeated as many times as you like.
English 185, Writing Consultant (1 – 3 cr.)
If you enjoy writing or you are anticipating a career as a teacher or writer, or both, then this course offers you a chance to share your knowledge about writing with your peers.
In the Writing Consultant course you will learn how to conduct successful consultations, offer feedback, and determine the effectiveness of tutoring strategies. Writing Consultants in English 185 meet individually with student writers from all disciplines.
You can register for one to three credits. Your hours are arranged by you and the Writing Center.
Prerequisite: a minimum grade of B+ in English 101 and permission of the Writing Center’s director.
The Writing Center offers workshops on technical subjects about writing.
Our workshops, conducted in the Writing Center, provide crash-courses in MLA, APA, and Punctuation. Students have reported that the workshops are fun and comprehensive yet not overwhelming. Students come out of the workshops with skills they can use in their papers right away.
How to attend
Workshops are held Wednesdays from 12:30 -1:00 pm. No registration required.
Just come to the Writing Center in Glenn Anthon, Building 4, Room 125 a few minutes before the workshop begins.
Space is limited to 8 participants.
Writing Center Staff
Dodie Forrest and Laura May are die-hard writing center enthusiasts, writing instructors, writers, and coaches for the staff of consultants. Give them a call any time you have a question or comment about the Writing Center.
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.
Writing Center Consultants
Yakima Peer Consultants
- Lauren “Brit” Baker
- Ray Iveson
- Marina Medrano
- Hector Muniz
- Jordyn Rossmeisl
- Azrael Wilson
- Analese Winslow
Grandview Peer Consultants
- Elizabeth Jensen – Adjunct Faculty
- Jenny Johnson – Professional Tutor
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.