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 Writting Assistants to develop your writing assignments and learn how to communicate more effectively in writing. 

Get started now. Just click below to make an appointment!

Meet a few of our trained Writing Assistants:

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Raluca Gosman

"Hello! My name is Raluca Gosman, and I am a biology major and neuroscience and French minor from Roseburg, Oregon. I am having a great time here in Portland trying out different classes, exploring the beautiful city, and sampling all the food I can. In my free time I love playing volleyball, rock climbing, hanging out with friends, going out to eat, and re-reading Harry Potter with some tea. I am open, friendly, and honest, so visit me in the Writing Center."

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Allie Duven

"Hello! My name is Allie Duven. I am a nursing/Spanish double major and a proud Washingtonian. I love the Pacific Northwest for all that it has to offer in the outdoors as well as the city; I enjoy hiking, biking, snow skiing/shoeing and exploring Portland on days when I can't venture into the outdoors. Feel free to set up an appointment with me or swing by, I look forward to assisting you in your writing endeavors this year! "

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Sarah Cook

"Hi! My name is Sarah Cook, and I am a social work major. I will be working in social work and theology at the Writing Center. I love football, sweet tea, and penguins, though all animals have a place in my heart."

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Abby Van Vleet

"My name is Abby Van Vleet and I am a biology major from Hillsboro, Oregon. I like to read, eat good food, watch Netflix, explore the great outdoors and learn new things. I enjoy working with people and I'd love to help out in any way I can, so come visit me in the Writing Center!"

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Adel Barnes

"Hey! My name is Adel Barnes and I’m a biology major with philosophy and English minors. I am from a suburb of Seattle, Washington, where I grew up with my siblings/black labs Jack and Abby. My passions include film history, microbiology, and the music of Paul Simon. I look forward to meeting with you and working together to unleash your inner writing virtuoso! "

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Blanche Minoza

"Hey! I'm Blanche Minoza, and I'm an English major. I come from beautiful Marin County, California, and I miss it every day. I like long walks on the beach, concerts or music festivals, and $5 margherita pizzas at Life of Pie."

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Brooke Hintze

"Hi there! My name is Brooke Hintze. 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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Caroline Holyoak

"Hi there! My name is Caroline Holyoak, 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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