The UP Writing Center

In the Learning Commons, the University of Portland Writing Center is a highly effective 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. 

Take the first step on your paper: 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.

We're here for you any time during the writing process.

Our trained Writing Assistants can support you in virtually any discipline. Make your appointment now to move your writing project forward and to become a better writer.

Meet some of our trained Writing Assistants:

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"Hello! My name is Jordan. I’m from Southern California and I’m currently majoring in both English and Biology here at UP. In my free time I’m quite fond of drinking tea, doodling monsters and debating passionately about movies. Of course, I’ll leap at any opportunity to read or write something new. I’m excited to get to work with you on your latest writing endeavors! "

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"Hello! My name is Grace and I am from Huntsville, Alabama. I am an Economics major through the business school and a Social Justice minor. Photography is my artistic outlet and I love taking photos of my friends while exploring beautiful Oregon. I really look forward to working together to help develop your writing skills and join you in your journey as a writer! "

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"Hi! I’m Emily and I’m a Biology major from Aberdeen, Washington. I like to spend my time hiking around the Pacific Northwest, swimming, playing French horn in the UP Wind Symphony, and relaxing with my friends and family. I look forward to working with you and discovering strategies to make your writing the best it can be! "

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"¡Hola! My name is Angelica and I am a Political Science/Philosophy double from Woodburn, OR. Outside of the Writing Center, you’ll find me hanging out with friends and family, cooking or listening to Latin music of some kind. Looking forward to working on your paper with you."

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"I am Isabela, and I am a Biology and Spanish major from Loomis, California. I love to be outside and spend time on the water, whether that’s the ocean or a small river. Whenever possible, you can catch me traveling or spending time with my friends and family. I am excited to work with you on whatever stage of the writing process you are at!"

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"Hello! My name is Maria and I am a mechanical engineering major and a theology minor. This is my third year at the Writing Center, and I am excited to work with you! "

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"Hi there! My name is Meredith, and I’m a senior political science and philosophy major, with minors in sociology, economics, and gender and women’s studies. I love going to concerts, spending time with loved ones, and searching for the best mac and cheese in existence. I look forward to working with you and watching you blossom as a writer! "

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"Hi! My name is Carlos and I’m an English and Environmental Science major from Medford, Oregon. I enjoy long hikes, watching sunsets, and writing for The Beacon! I hope to see you in the Writing Center soon! "

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"Hi everyone! My name is Claire, I am an elementary education major with a theology minor, and I am a writing assistant in the Writing Center. I look forward to working with you at any stage in your writing process! "

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"Hi everyone! My name’s Abe and I’m a History major from Portland, Oregon. I enjoy reading tons, watching Christopher Nolan movies, eating spicy food and being walked by my dog (hehe). I’m here to help you write that paper and (hopefully) not procrastinate on it! "

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"Hi, my name is Ben and I’m a senior History major! Outside of class, I spend most of my time hanging out outside playing spikeball and ultimate frisbee. Looking forward to working with you! "

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"Hi! My name’s Sadie, and I’m a junior English and music major (focusing on vocal performance) from Denver, CO. I love reading and writing, and I can’t wait to talk to you in the Writing Center! "

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"Hello! My name is Anna. I was born in China, but I have lived in Oregon since I was two years old. I love all things food-related, whether its cooking, eating, or watching The Great British Bake Off.I look forward to helping you with your writing. "

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"Hello everyone! My name is Charlie. I am originally born and raised in Homer, Alaska, but have found a second home here in Portland. Besides my studies, my interests include soccer, running, and hiking. If you feel a desire to schedule a meeting, I would love to talk with you! "

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"Hey Pilots! My name is Abby, and I’m a senior secondary education and English double major from Beaverton, Oregon. This is my third year as a Writing Assistant, and I’m looking forward to meeting with you and helping you out in any way that I can!"

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"Hi guys, my name is Margaux. I’m from Austin, Texas but always had a curiosity for the PNW--so now here I am! I can’t wait to work with you on your papers. Feel free to bring them in at any point in your writing process. See ya! "

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"“What is up! My name is Max and if you also love LEGOs then we should become friends. When I’m not basking in the glory of my epic LEGO collection you can find me attempting to become an english major and hunting around retail outlets for shoes to flip on eBay. Although I guess I’m here to help in whatever way I can with your writing, you’d make me much happier if you just booked an appointment to talk LEGO.” "

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"Hi everyone! I’m Camryn, a senior nursing major from Kaneohe, Hawaii. I love to hike, go to the beach, and take naps! If you can’t find me at the Writing Center, you might find me giving tours for Admissions or playing sports with my friends. I can’t wait to work with you! "

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""Hello! My name is Catherine with a “C” but Katie with a K”, and I’m an English and Spanish double-major from St. Paul, Minnesota. I love singing, dancing, reading, writing, eating, and taking long walks (preferably in the woods, though I do like the beach). I would love to work with you on your writing!""

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"Hi there! My name is Shannon, and I am a junior nursing major. I am from West Linn, Oregon and love all things nature! I am here to work with you through your writing process, no matter where you are at! I hope to see you soon!"

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"Hello! My name is Jazmin and I am a senior and lifelong Portlander. Some of my favorite things to do are spend time outdoors, watch movies, and read. I’m especially a huge fan of J.R.R Tolkien, so if Middle-Earth is your thing, we’re sure to get along! I look forward to working with you and your writing. "

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"Hello! My name is Teanna and I am from New Mexico. I love all the nature here in Portland, but I do miss green chile and hot air balloons during the fall. Outside of school, I love music, reading, and hiking. If you want to meet with me, I would love to talk about your writing! "

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"Hi! My name is Kenny and I'm an accounting and finance double major from Honolulu, Hawaii. I like to go to the beach, surf, and eat! I hope to see all of you in the Writing Center soon!"

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