Welcome to the Concordia University Writing Center!
Need help with a paper? Want to improve your writing skills? Searching for resources for your students? The Writing Center is here to help. We are a peer tutoring center located on the third floor of the George R. White Library & Learning Center in Room 316. We provide information, strategies, resources, and exercises to help all students become better writers.
Concordia Writing Center Goals
- Empower writers to improve their individual writing projects
- Provide information and resources about specific writing concerns
- Provide pedagogical support for faculty who use writing in their classrooms
Writing Center Location and Hours
The Writing Center is located on the third floor of the George R. White Library & Learning Center, Room 316. We are staffed with knowledgeable and friendly tutors eager to help you improve your writing skills. Tutors will provide support and insight throughout the writing process.
Our summer hours are:
Phone: 503-280-8133 / 1-855-493-6296 ext. 1
Writing Center Tutors Can Help You
- Brainstorm ideas for a paper topic
- Outline a plan for research and writing
- Organize your ideas into a rough draft
- Improve a draft of your paper by offering strategies for revision
- Answer questions about formatting, editing, and proofreading a paper
Note: All appointments with the Writing Center are collaborative. We will not edit your paper. However, we can provide knowledge, strategies, and suggestions as you work on improving your writing.
How to use the Writing Center
There are two convenient ways to get help!
- You are always welcome to walk in to the Writing Center during open hours to meet with the next available tutor. However, students with appointments take precedence over walk-ins.
- Make an appointment for an in-person or online consultation by emailing the Writing Center at email@example.com. Include your name and your preferred day and time for an appointment, and indicate whether you would like an in-person or online appointment.
Cancellations: If you need to cancel your appointment, notify the Writing Center via email as soon as possible. Frequent missed appointments with no notification may result in the loss of some Writing Center privileges.
The Writing Center offers online consultations for Distance Learners. These consultations are conducted in real time using Google Docs and telephone conversation. Google Docs allows both parties to make changes to a document in real time and view the changes that the other person has made.
Please upload your document to Google Docs and share it with firstname.lastname@example.org before your appointment time (see instructions below for help). At your appointment time, call the Writing Center at 503-280-8133 or toll-free at 1-855-493-6296 extension #1. This will connect you with your tutor, and your session can begin!
How to upload your document to Google Docs
- Log in to or create an account with Google (using a Gmail address or any email address).
- Click on the square comprised of nine dots in the top right of the Google home screen and choose “Drive” from the drop-down menu.
- In Drive, make sure that your upload settings are set to convert files to Google Docs. To change your upload settings, click on the button with the gear on it on the upper right side of the screen, then click “upload settings” and click “convert files to Google Docs format.” (You’ll only have to do this once.)
- In Drive, upload your paper by clicking on the red arrow button next to the red “Create” button on the left side of the screen. Click on “Files” in the drop-down menu, and choose the file from your computer. (If you are having trouble uploading your paper, another option is to create a new document. Click on the red “Create” button, select “Document” from the drop-down menu, and then copy and paste the text of your document into this Google Doc.)
- Share your document with the Writing Center. Open your document and click the blue “share” button on the top right side of the screen and enter “email@example.com” in the “add people” field. Click the “Share & save” button at the bottom.
If you have any trouble with this technology, let us know! We can help you via email before your consultation or over the phone at the beginning of your consultation.
Please email with questions or problems.
The Writing Center for Faculty & Staff
We are excited to collaborate with faculty and staff to promote excellent writing! Check out our “Student & Faculty Resources” page on our website for online resources, original writing guides from the Concordia Writing Center, and promotional materials. In addition, we have books and handouts in the Writing Center that address various writing topics (APA format, how to get started on a paper, proper use of commas, etc). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (general email) or email@example.com (Tutor Coordinator email) with any questions, requests, or ideas!
Here are a couple ways you can help us out:
- Promote the Writing Center to your students! Mention our services in your syllabus or in class. Refer students who may benefit from our services.
- Share your writing tips, rubrics, and assignments with us. Help us learn more about writing in diverse academic fields!
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
- Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg
- On Writing by Stephen King
- The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
If you are interested in becoming a Writing Center consultant, please email Professor Kris Kuhn. Working in the Writing Center as a consultant allows you the opportunity to help your peers improve their writing skills and improve your own in the process. Plus, being a Writing Center consultant is a paid position – we value your skills and expertise.