Penn State Altoona’s Writing Center
Penn State Altoona’s Writing Commons helps students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. Our method is multi-faceted, flexible and above all, collaborative, reflecting our respect for the individual writer whose talents, voice, and goals are central to all our endeavors. Supportive, trained undergraduate peer Writing Consultants will work one-on-one with students at all levels, in all disciplines, and at any stage in the writing process. We are here to help with any writing assignment or project in any course.
What We Do
During each thirty-minute session, a Writing Consultant will meet one-on-one with you to discuss your written work. Writing Consultants are not editors and will not do the work for you, but they will help you to become a stronger writer by offering support and guidance on all writing matters, including good writing practices, documentation and grammar.
The Writing Commons is in 127 Eiche, bottom floor of the library, across the hall from the Learning Resources Center (LRC).
Making an Appointment
Before Your Session
In preparation for your appointment, please print out a copy of the assignment you wish to work on, as well as any other materials that might help the Consultant help you—texts, syllabus, etc. Though you needn’t have a draft to come in for an appointment, if you do have one, please bring two copies (one for you, one for the Consultant). Reflect beforehand on what will be the most helpful use of your time during your visit.
Using our new appointment scheduler, make an appointment by clicking on the Make an Appointment heading above.
Tips on Scheduling
- The first time you make an appointment you will need to register with WCOnline. (After this you will just log in.)
- You must use your PSU e-mail to use the Writing Commons scheduling system.
- Though you are using your PSU e-mail address, you can create a new password.
- You can book an appointment up to two weeks in advance.
- You can cancel an appointment up to two hours prior to the appointment.
- Roll over “HELP?” at the top left of the schedule for easy instruction about making, modifying, and canceling appointments.
- Drop-in hours are still available but limited—see Hours, below.
We value each appointment and hope that you will visit the Writing Commons often. So that everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of our services, we prefer that you limit your visits to no more than two a day and no more than three a week. You may schedule back-to-back appointments.
If you need to cancel an appointment, you can do so here. Please make sure to cancel ahead of time so that another writer can use your available slot.
We understand that schedules can change, but our time slots are in demand. We will allow for one missed appointment and will send you an e-mail to remind you of your oversight. If you miss more than two appointments, you will lose your scheduling privileges for the semester.
Hours of Operation
NOTE: Multiple tutors are often available for a single time slot.
Monday to Friday – Schedule Now
Drop-in hours are available Tuesdays from noon – 2 p.m.
We observe and are closed on all observed University holidays and vacations.