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Academics & the Arts

Writing Center

What We Do

The primary objective of the Writing Center is to talk with writers at any stage of the writing process in a welcoming environment.  Students may be referred by their instructors or may schedule themselves, and walk-ins are welcome!

Writing Center Hours
(Fall and Spring semesters only)

Sunday: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Writing Center Services

Drop-In Writing Tutorials: These tutorials are offered on a drop-in basis in the Writing Center and last for 30 minutes.  During these tutorials, tutors can talk with you about any aspect of your writing assignment for any course offered at Grand View.  In a 30-minute tutorial, expect to go over 4-5 pages of writing with your tutor.

Scheduled Writing Tutorials:  Make an appointment for a tutorial either online or by phone at 515-263-2855. 

Workshops: The Writing Center offers workshops for students and faculty.  Workshops will be advertised with plenty of advance notice.  You can enroll in a workshop through email at writingcenter@grandview.edu or by phone at 515-263-2855. 

Resources: Handouts of quick references to various aspects of the writing process are available in the Writing Center.

Evidence of your visit for your instructor: Our tutors can provide evidence of your tutorial for your instructor.


Contact: Dr. Bobbi Olson, 515-263-6167, bolson@grandview.edu.


How to Use the Writing Center

Make an appointment online

What to Expect

As you enter, check in with a tutor.  A session may be in progress, so please try not to interrupt. Computers are available for you to use before and/or after your session.

A peer tutor will greet you and ask you to sign in. Your tutor will ask you about your course, the assignment, your progress, and about the concerns that brought you to the Writing Center.

Strategies may include: reading your paper out loud; outlining your main ideas; discussing relevant aspects of your draft or paper topic; and reviewing available resources to help answer a specific question.

Suggestions for an Effective Writing Center Tutorial: 

  • Try to come in for help at least two days before the paper is due.
  • If possible, bring your assignment sheet with you.
  • Each session lasts about 30 minutes.
  • Expect to go over one paper at a time. If you have more than one paper, allow time to make additional visits to the Writing Center.
  • Be physically and mentally present during the entire session. Because a tutorial session is a conversation about your writing, tutors will need your input as much as you need theirs.