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.
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 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.
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.