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.

  • 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

Modes of Writing Assistance

Writing Center Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Grandview Writing Center is closed summer quarter. Writing support for Grandview students is available through Zoom and email consultations.

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Writing Center 101

English 085 & 185 Information

The Writing Center Staff

Dodie ForrestWriting Center Director - Yakima Campus
Joshua SwayneWriting Center Coordinator - Yakima Campus
Johnny Roger SchofieldWriting Center Coordinator - Yakima Campus
Jordan LaMayWriting Center Coordinator - Grandview Campus
Joshua SwayneWriting Center Coordinator - Yakima Campus
Johnny Roger SchofieldWriting Center Coordinator - Yakima Campus
Jordan LaMayWriting Center Coordinator - Grandview Campus

Yakima Peer Consultants

Taylor Hershberger
Morgan McCann
Karime Estrada
Christy Hankins
Sol Hernandez

Grandview Peer Consultants

Rilla Roberts
Karla Alvarez Gonzalez