Writing Center

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Fall Hours (Beginning August 25):

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am – 6 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

The deadline for earning Writing Center credit is December 12 at 4 pm.
No credit will be given on Student Success Day, September 23.

We are closed on the following dates:

  • August 8 – 24
  • Sept. 1
  • October 3
  • October 16 – 19
  • November 11
  • Nov. 27 – 30
  • December 19 – January 10 — Winter Break

Location

W3280
651.779.3400

NOTE: Student IDs are required to receive services.

Online writing center

The on-line writing center is available through the MyCentury login (choose D2L).

Resources

  • Hardware: 35 PCs
  • Software:
    • Microsoft Office 2007
    • Thompson Learning Keyboard Practice
    • Reading Road Trip
    • Grammar 3D
  • Practice Exercises
  • MLA Handbooks
  • Assorted Reference Materials
  • Century College English Handbooks

Procedures

  • Sign in at one of the two designated computers using your Student ID. Remember to log out when you're finished in order to receive credit.
  • Bring your writing--essay, paragraph, or workbook assignment.
  • You may work independently, with other students, or with a consultant on your chosen writing assignment.
  • Peer groups - Occasionally, peer groups work together on papers - editing, revising, or planning. You may join one of these peer groups, or if there are no peer groups, you may start one.

Consultants

  • Occasionally, a consultant may ask if you need help. They are there to assist you whenever you have a question or a concern.
  • Consultants are available to discuss problems in grammar, mechanics, format, or style. Our consultants will not proofread your work, but they can help you identify and/or correct weaknesses in your paper.
  • It may take more than one session for a consultant to evaluate your work.

Guidelines

  • Computers - our computers may be used for word processing or academic research. Students may also use available computer programs for practice exercises to improve their use of proper grammar and mechanics.
  • Resources - You may use the available handouts to solve problems with the mechanics of writing or to work on specific areas of weakness in grammar and/or punctuation. You may also use our handbooks, dictionaries, and Roget's Thesaurus; however, these resources must remain in the Center.
  • After your visit to the Writing Center, allow yourself sufficient time to revise and edit your work before submitting it to your instructor.
  • The Writing Center is a place for free exchange of ideas, so it can be noisy at times.