Writing Center

Student tutee

Our mission is to help PVCC students strengthen their writing skills in any discipline. We aim to help you discover your ideas and then communicate them clearly to others. Come to The Writing Center at any stage of the writing process to:

  • Discuss how or where to begin an assignment
  • Get help finishing a draft
  • Begin revising a draft or receive feedback on a complete draft
  • Learn tips for proofreading
  • Discuss your instructor's comments

Schedule an Appointment or Drop By

To meet with a writing tutor, you may simply come to the front desk in The Writing Center to see if a tutor is available. To schedule an appointment, you can drop by the center, call our front desk at 434.961.5499, or schedule an appointment through our online system, TutorTrac. Step-by-step instructions are here. If you can't come to campus, you might try submitting your paper to the Essay Center of our online tutoring partner, SMARTHINKING. You will get feedback on your work in 24 hours.

Meet Our Tutors

Our tutors come from a vareity of backgrounds. You can learm a little about them by reading their profiles, available here.

Instructional Videos

These short videos are designed to help with common, challenging writing tasks.

Developing a Thesis
Creating a Works Cited page: MLA 8's Core Components


Organize and Plan Your Essay

PDF Icon Organize an Argument
PDF icon Developing Your Thesis
PDF Icon Thesis Statement Checklist
PDF icon Five Paragraph Essay
PDF Icon Prewrite and Plan

Cite and Research Your Essay

PDF Icon How to Start Research
PDF Icon Analyzing Your Evidence
Making a Claim
PDF icon Incorporating Research: Summarizing & Paraphrasing
PDF icon Incorporating Research: Direct Quotes
PDF icon Plagiarism
MLA Citation Playbook
APA Citation Playbook
PDF icon Comparing MLA & APA
Chicago Manual of Style
Other Citation Styles

Writing Intensive Courses (WIC)

PDF Icon Writing Rubric

Revise and Proofread Your Essay

PDF Icon Revise an Argument
Avoiding Plagiarism

Grammar and ESL

PDF icon Five Useful Ways to Join Ideas
PDF icon Independent & Dependent Clauses
PDF icon Articles--A, An, The
PDF Icon Verbs and Verb Agreement
PDF icon Apostrophes
PDF icon A Brief Guide to Commas

Writing Under Pressure

PDF Icon Mid-Terms, Finals, and Other In-Class Writing
PDF Icon Writing When You Can’t Think Straight

Writing Resource Handbook

PDF icon Writing for Success Handbook


Frequently Asked Questions: 

What are some helpful Web sites for writing?

Two great general resources are:

What are some helpful Web sites for grammar and punctuation?
What are some helpful Web sites for writing paper citations?