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Department of English Language and Literature


Our Services

We're here for everyone: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, instructors, and staff. Let us know how we can help!

For Faculty and Instructors

The Writing Center is available for all USC personnel and welcomes the opportunity to work with the University community. Whether you are currently teaching or would like to teach a course that incorporates writing, or you are working on your own writing project, the Writing Center is ready to serve you.

Writing Center consultants regularly make presentations in classrooms in order to inform students about our services.  If you would like to request a classroom presentation, please contact our office at 803-777-2078.

Faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants may find the following Writing Center services helpful:

  • making informational presentations to your classes about Writing Center services
  • conducting workshops for your classes on peer review, revision, or documenting sources
  • developing effective writing assignments and essay examinations
  • finding effective and efficient methods of evaluating student writing
  • answering general reference questions regarding punctuation, grammar, and usage
  • revising articles and presentations

 

For Students

Are you looking for help with a particular writing need? The USC Writing Center welcomes the opportunity to work with you on your writing project. If you are a member of the USC community, we invite you to call us today to schedule a writing consultation.

 

For Graduate Students

Earning a graduate degree involves a lot of writing. We offer tutoring to graduate student writers at any stage of the writing process.

Tutoring Graduate Student Writers

The Writing Center offers tutoring for graduate students from any discipline and at all levels of a graduate degree, from first-year Master's students to last-year PhD students. Our tutors work with graduate students at any stage of writing on a wide variety of projects (e.g., course papers, personal statements, grant proposals, Master's theses, dissertations, cover letters, teaching philosophy statements).

Graduate Student Writing Days

We understand that working on writing projects while in graduate school can be an isolating and challenging endeavor. For this reason, the Writing Center also offers Graduate Student Writing Days, an opportunity for graduate students to write in a quiet, communal space.

At a typical Graduate Student Writing Day, we will briefly introduce ourselves and set achievable work goals for the morning. We usually have a quick goals check-in once or twice during the session before returning to write. An experienced Writing Center staff member will be present to facilitate the session, answer writing questions, and give encouraging pep talks. Graduate students may bring any writing project to work on.