The Writing Center@PVCC

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


Online Tutoring--Introducing Brainfuse!

PVCC partners with Brainfuse to providing tutoring in most subjects taught at PVCC. Brainfuse's Writing Lab allows you to submit your writing and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Brainfuse also offers live tutoring in writing, as well as many other subjects. Brainfuse is available in all of your courses in Canvas; a link is in the left-hand menu. It will also be available through the MyPVCC portal. Instructions to use Brainfuse's Writing Lab are here. The Brainfuse user guide is here. You are allotted 10 hours of tutoring in Brainfuse per semester; a writing submission takes 35 of those minutes. You're encouraged to bring your Brainfuse feedback to the Writing Center if you'd like to additional assistance.


Meet Our Tutors

Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds. You can learn 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
Developing Your Thesis
PDF Icon Thesis Statement Checklist
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
Incorporating Research: Summarizing & Paraphrasing
Incorporating Research: Direct Quotes
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

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

Writing Under Pressure

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

Writing Resource Handbook

Writing for Success Handbook


Frequently Asked Questions

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