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  • The Writing Center will be opened for Fall 2021 Semester from September 13th till December 17th.
  • For Fall 2021 the Writing Center only offers Online walk-in tutoring on Penji platofrm. Stay tuned for updated instructions on how to access tutoring.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The Writing Center is NOT an editing, proofreading, or peer review service.






Fall 2021 online Schedule

Monday - Thursday:


Friday & Saturday:



(818) 947-2810


Mailing Address:
The Writing Center
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096


Welcome to The Writing Center   

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The Writing Center is open for Finals week.  

Monday 12/13  - 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Tuesday 12/14 – 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Wednesday 12/15 – 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Thursday 12/16 – 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Friday 12/17 – 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Saturday 12/18 - CLOSED

COVID 19 Online Tutoring Services

As part of LAVC's transition to online classes and services in response to COVID-19, the Writing Center is now offering online tutoring and paper submission to support students.

To access the Writing Center Tutoring Services, click and review our FAQs button below:


step-by-step instructions: Online tutoring







To email your paper or ask a specific question online, please follow the instructions below:  

                                                                             Submit your paper






Please check LACCD website for current updates on its colleges' status.

Video chat on Cranium Cafe with Writing Center Online Service Help Desk

What Are Our Objectives?

  • Encourage intellectual experimentation among students and faculty.
  • Empower students to read and write in disciplines across the curriculum.
  • Familiarize students with new technologies designed to improve reading and writing.
  • Prepare students for successful transfer.
  • Provide training resources for T. A. s, interns, and tutors across the curriculum.
  • Develop training and research resources. 
  • Offer services to faculty and students across the curriculum.

Benefits of Tutorial Interaction

"The central goal of the Writing Center is to provide individualized, collaborative, and self-paced learning opportunities for students at Los Angeles Valley College. The heart of any writing center activity consists of dialogue about texts: those that a student has written or those she or he is reading. In either case, the center provides a place for students to develop a sense of audience, the externalizing of a given text that often cannot be accomplished in a classroom setting alone."

—Deborah L. Harrington, Professor of English

"Writing Centers do not and should not repeat the classroom experience and are not there to compensate for poor teaching, over-crowded classrooms, or lack of time for overburdened instructors to confer adequately with their students. Instead, writing centers provide another, very crucial aspect of what writers need—tutorial interaction. When meeting with tutors, writers gain kinds of knowledge about their writing and about themselves that are not possible in other institutionalized settings..."

—Muriel Harris, College English, 1995

Dialogue: Key to Writing Center Process

"Nearly everyone who writes likes—and needs—to talk about his or her writing, preferably to someone who will really listen, who knows how to listen, and knows how to talk about writing too. Maybe in a perfect world, all writers would have their own ready auditor—a teacher, a classmate, a roommate, an editor—who would not only listen but draw them out, ask them questions they would not think to ask themselves. A writing center is an institutional response to this need. Clearly writing centers can never hope to satisfy this need themselves; on my campus alone, the student-to-tutor ratio would be about a thousand to one. Writing Centers are simply one manifestation—polished and highly visible—of a dialogue about writing that is central to higher education."

—Stephen North, "The Idea of a Writing Center"

The Writing Center is a place where students can…

  • share proofreading tips (However, the tutors are not proofreaders!).
  • practice and understand techniques for detecting and correcting local to global grammatical errors.
  • learn successful reading and writing strategies for any classes they are taking across the curriculum.

Tutors help with…

  • content
  • generating creative ideas
  • brainstorming/prewriting for a topic
  • synthesizing a vague idea into a thesis or topic sentence
  • organizing a paper’s structure on a global scale
  • creating a persuasive element to a main idea
  • grammar
  • identifying run-on sentences and fragments
  • composing strong, fluent sentences that stress the most important idea
  • understanding verb tenses and how to use them
  • finding active vs. passive verbs
  • understanding the relationship between subjects and verbs
  • using pronouns, as well as other parts of speech, properly
  • general Academic Skills
  • providing techniques to improve spelling
  • reading a work while retaining and comprehending its idea
  • summarizing
  • documenting research in formats across the curriculum (MLA, APA, etc)
  • improving in-class essay abilities/strategies
  • understanding and analyzing fiction and poetry

The Writing Center is NOT a place where papers…

  • are proofread. Tutors do not act as an editing service. We want to teach YOU how to proofread and edit YOUR papers. If we do everything for you, you will always need a tutor.
  • go through a quick grammar fix-it.
  • are written for you (i.e. not a ghostwriting bureau!)