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The UP Writing Center

Located in the Learning Commons in Buckley Center 163, the University of Portland Writing Center, directed by the Department of English's Integrated Writing Program, is a free resource for University of Portland students who wish to fine tune their writing skills. Our staff of trained, knowledgeable Writing Assistants act as guides rather than proofreaders and tutor students on assignments and overall writing ability. Our goal is not just to inspire better papers, but create better writers.

Practice the craft of writing at the college level

Writing takes time. Writing takes practice. In the Writing Center you can work with trained peer Writing Assistants to develop your writing assignments and learn how to communicate more effectively in writing. 

Step One: Brainstorm ideas with a Writing Assistant

Why wait? Come in early to develop your ideas and the structure of your paper. Request your appointment below.

Please note: The Writing Center will close at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We will reopen on Sunday at 5:00 PM.

Meet a few of our trained Writing Assistants:

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"Hi everyone! My name is Kai and I am from Nashville, Tennessee. When I'm not studying for my Business and English majors, I'm reading fantasy novels, hiking, or exploring all the amazing food that Portland has to offer. I am more than happy to help you in your writing process, so feel free to make an appointment with me at the writing."

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"Hello UP community! My name is Emma and I am a philosophy major from Vancouver, Washington. I love studying philosophy because it challenges me to really dive into a text, to consider an argument from many angles, and it always brings about great discussions. Some of my other interests include playing volleyball and tennis, improving my photography skills, and most recently, learning to knit. Please feel free to reach out to me at the Writing Center, I am happy to help you out in any way that I can! "

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"Greetings fellow Pilots, my name is Michael and I am a Philosophy major from Juneau, Alaska. I enjoy adventuring around Portland, reading, eating peanut butter, “what if…” questions, and almost all outdoor actives - except receiving mosquito bites. I look forward to meeting with you, and I hope to learn just as much from our conversations as you do!"

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"Hey there! I’m Cameron, and I am a Secondary Education and English major with a minor in Theology! I am originally from Los Altos, California, but I consider Portland to be my home now. I love my pets, Netflix, and my large Italian family! Writing is one of my passions, so I look forward to helping you develop strategies for success! "

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"Hello! I am Efrain and I am a philosophy and physics double major. I am from Twin Falls, Idaho. I enjoy soccer, reading, drawing, and having awesome philosophical discussions! "

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"Hello there! My name is Claire, and I am from Park City, Utah. I am majoring in secondary education and English, and I would love to teach a high school level English class upon graduating from UP! If my nose is not in a good book, you can find me running through streets of University Park, hiking (even in the rain!), or rock climbing. I am a devoted tea drinker, and I am a sucker for decadent sweets...or a poptart. I am excited to meet you wherever you are in the writing process, and we can develop lifelong writing strategies together. See you soon!"

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"Hi there! My name is Brooke. I am a marketing major here on the Bluff, with a minor in Spanish. I have officially traded in my Arizona roots for the beauty that is Portland and the PNW. Chances are I am running off of an unhealthy amount of coffee and a shameful supply of pizza. I would be humbled to help you along your writing journey!"

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"Hello! I’m Chris, a secondary education and English double major who has lived in Portland for his entire life. Besides my embarrassing obsession with Korean and Chinese music, Korean dramas, video games and my “baby” (a terrier-mix dog), I am also heavily invested in helping you out at the Writing Center in any way I can."

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"Hi there! My name is Caroline, and I’m double-majoring in English and Spanish. I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah, so I absolutely adore the outdoors, quirky coffee shops, and exploring the city with my friends. I'm in love with books, Dutch Bros, and horrible puns. Please feel free to meet with me no matter where you are in the writing process; I'd be happy to help out!"

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