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Reading and Writing Center


Fall 2022 Semester (8/8 to 12/9):
Monday – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday – 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Please note: Tutoring sessions will begin at the RWC at 9:00 AM.

Contact Information

Reading and Writing Center Coordinator: Matthew Kenerly

Phone: 559-675-4846
Location: Room R1A

Having trouble getting started with a writing assignment? Can’t make sense of an essay you’ve been asked to read? Not sure what else to write about in your draft, or if it is even saying what you want it to say? Need help making sure your MLA or APA citations are in place? Do the “write” thing and work with a tutor at the Reading and Writing Center (RWC) in room R1A, where we can offer feedback on writing from across the curriculum at any point in the process.


How does the Reading and Writing Center work?

The RWC offers three different services: 50-minute in-person appointments in room R1A, 50-minute appointments on Zoom, and an online “paper drop-off” service for written feedback. In-person and Zoom RWC appointments can be made by visiting room R1A or by calling (559) 675-4846.

Student writers are welcome to walk in at any time and see if a tutor is available, but we encourage you to make one or more appointments when you know you’d like to work with someone. Students who work one-on-one with an RWC tutor can print up to ten (10) pages for free, too.

To access the “paper drop-off” service and request written feedback from a tutor, students must self-enroll at this link for the Madera/Oakhurst Tutoring page on Canvas, then answer a few questions about their writing and upload a draft at this link. Reading and Writing Center handouts and a schedule of RWC tutor availability are also available for free on that same Canvas page.


What kind of writing do you help with at the RWC?

Much of the work that student writers bring to the RWC comes from MCC's English courses, but we help with writing from every discipline. Whether students have a draft from a history course about the Civil War, a report from a nursing course, or an interpretation of a painting from an art course, we can read and respond to whatever writers are working on.


How many appointments can I make at the RWC?

You can make as many 50-minutes appointments as you like, whether it’s in person or online, and we encourage student writers to be proactive about it. If you know you have more than one big question you want answered, make time for more than one appointment!


Can I schedule an appointment at the RWC as part of a group?

Yes, but keep in mind that you must obtain permission from your instructor in order to do so. We can have multiple tutors help multiple student writers if the need arises.


Do I actually need a full draft to get help at the RWC?

No! If you want to get started on a writing prompt but aren’t sure what to do, you can bring it in, create a plan, and generate ideas with a RWC tutor. Student writers can bring partial drafts to the RWC, as well.


Can I get my draft proofread at the RWC?

Not quite. While we are happy to help students address questions about grammar, RWC tutors strive to give students the power to make their own corrections. This means that both tutor and writer will examine texts together for patterns of error, but writers must be prepared to read their own drafts closely to self-correct those patterns.


Can I bring my draft to the RWC an hour before it's due and get help?

You can, but remember that reading and responding to writing takes time! We'll always try to do what we can, but we always encourage student writers to make an appointment (or multiple appointments) as soon as they realize that they'll need some help.


But I can print at the RWC, right?

Yes! Students can print up to ten pages if they schedule an appointment with a writing tutor.


What else does the RWC do?

The Reading and Writing Center hosts workshops throughout the semester and our goal is not only to help students be better writers, but to be better students! Whether it’s time management, test preparation, or learning about different kinds of feedback, you can learn more about them by visiting R1A.

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