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Writing Center

The Writing Center is committed to the growth of ​the individual writer. We believe that writing is a powerful tool for communication that fosters academic learning and self-discovery.

Our goal is to provide a space of attentive listening and critical thinking where students can discover and refine their skills as ​academic ​writers. We work with undergraduate and graduate students during all stages of the writing process in collaborative one-on-one consultations, both online and on campus. 

Develop Your Writing Skills

The Writing Center helps writers:

  • Get started
  • Find and narrow a topic
  • Structure and organize thoughts
  • Develop a thesis statement, introduction and/or conclusion
  • Break through writer's block
  • Make revisions to clarify ideas
  • Identify issues with grammar and punctuation
  • Learn correct source documentation
  • Discover and refine an individual writing style

Writing Projects

The Writing Center assists with all forms of written communication, including:

  • Academic essays
  • Blogs
  • Graduate school applications
  • Power points
  • Presentation materials
  • Research papers
  • Résumés
  • Scholarship applications
  • Websites

A Writing Center Session

Writing assistants are available to meet with students for up to 50 minutes per session. The writing assistant will ask questions about your assignment and the kind of help you need. Often the assistant will ask you to read your paper aloud. Students catch and correct many mistakes on their own using this technique.

Throughout the session, you will determine where changes in the writing will be made. After the live reading, the assistant will help you clearly communicate the paper's objective, expand discussion of under-developed ideas, clarify details and reconsider how your piece is organized. The assistant also may help you with grammar or usage by focusing on common errors. Each consultation is tailored to your needs.


The Writing Center contains a reference library of writing handbooks and guides. Writing assistants can answer your general writing questions over the telephone or via email; portions of writing drafts may be sent to a writing assistant as an email attachment.

Marylhurst University has adopted Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference as the writing handbook of choice for undergraduate classes. Copies of this handbook can be found in the virtual bookstore, at the library and also are in use at the Writing Center. A student can access the handbook online as well.

Writing Center FAQ
For more about the Writing Center, see the most frequently asked questions and their respective answers.

Contact Us

The Marylhurst Writing Center is located on the ground floor of the Shoen Library. Students can also use our online writing center available at
Phone: 503.699.6277


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