The Writing Center, located in CSS 133, provides Bakersfield College students with free help for any writing assignment. Our degreed, professional writing consultants will help you with:
Students can also take advantage of computer access, quiet study areas and our printing station.
Open to all students, the Bakersfield College Writing Center allows students to craft their writing process in all areas, from invention and structure to style and mechanics. The student-led sessions will be facilitated by a writing consultant who, along with the student, aims to identify strengths and weaknesses in the student work with the goal of gaining life-long skills for writing independence.
I believe in writing as a craft – as a living, breathing thing. There is no such thing as perfection when it comes to composition, only our willingness to continue improving ourselves, increasing our knowledge, and honing our skills. When I tutor, I encourage students to leave their comfort zones and explore the possibilities of their subjects within the security of the learning environment. I foster students’ willingness to learn new material and develop their own perspectives, while facilitating writing independence and growth.
Writing is hard because having something to say that others would benefit from hearing is hard. This likely betrays my philosophy of writing. Good writing depends on focused reading and thinking, rereading and rethinking, rereading and rethinking . . . . If students do this, then any consultant at the center can assist you in presenting your own unique ideas in the most effective manner.
Learning is a process that never ends, and as a writing consultant, writing provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth.
Writing can be many things. It can be the bane of a student's existence, or the only time a student is heard; it can convey meaning, information, and emotions whether it's written in a novel or a foggy car window; it can be full of life, therapeutic, lonely, stressful, or as dull as a dictionary. More than anything, however, writing is essential. Essential to affecting change in others and in ourselves. So, let's write.
I believe that writing is a process which people tend to rush through in order to arrive at the completed product, often ending up with writing that is underdeveloped. One of the most helpful strategies that I have found both as a writer and as a writing consultant is to simply talk through ideas with someone throughout the writing process. For me, sharing ideas and hearing various perspectives stimulates the creative process and leads to more thoughtful and nuanced arguments. As a writer and as a consultant, my focus is always to create writing that effectively conveys a message to its audience, and I have found that writing that is simple can have just as profound of an effect on a reader: the power of writing is its ability to form a connection between people regardless of race, gender, age, ability, class, or other factors.
The only way to improve yourself—and your writing—is through trial, error, and continued practice.
I approach writing much as I approach any noteworthy ability—with the understanding that it’s a skill learnable by all willing to humbly commit themselves. Process and practice are primary. If you’re willing to muster the initial frustrations and failures, if you’re willing to hurl yourself headlong into great works of literature, to soak up their lessons, if you’re open to challenging you’re most ingrained ideas, scrutinizing your own work and having it scrutinized, then you, too, can master the craft of writing.
I believe that reading and writing help us understand the world around us and discover new things. These skills can help us find accurate information and argue well-supported points. Too many people don’t link reading and writing together and so miss opportunities to understand the processes of both. Taking notes or highlighting can help someone remember and retain what they’ve read and rereading a work can reveal what was overlooked in the first interaction, like when you rewatch a favorite movie. The writer and the reader are both important in the construction and consumption of media. The combination of interesting content and sturdy structure can go a long way in helping people communicate and in helping their audience understand their point. I want to bring the realization that reading and writing complement each other to tutoring sessions whenever I can.
While I ground everything I do on solid rhetoric, style and grammar, I primarily approach my consultations with students from a heuristic mindset (standard, common sense or "rule of thumb" approaches to writing). Students are often seeking comfort while writing, so I seek to create an atmosphere of unconditional positive regard so students feel comfortable enough to express themselves.