Bakersfield College

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Bakersfield College Writing Center

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:

  • Pre-Writing
  • Planning and organizing
  • Drafting
  • Revising and Editing
  • English for Multi-Lingual Students (EMLS)
  • Resumes
  • Scholarship Letters
  • Personal Statements
  • Assignment Clarification
  • MLA, APA, ASA, Chicago Style, etc.

Students can also take advantage of computer access, quiet study areas and our printing station.

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Mission Statement

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.

Inside the BC Writing Center
Inside the Bakersfield College Writing Center

Writing Center Policies

  • Only currently enrolled students may use Writing Center services
  • Students may only have one (1) scheduled appointment at a time
  • Students will receive a maximum of one (1) appointment for instructional assistance per day, but may request extra time as a drop-in at the discretion of a Writing Consultant.
  • If a student is more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, he/she forfeits the session and will be considered a “no-show.”
  • If a student accumulated two (2) “no-shows,” he/she is no longer eligible to book appointments for the remainder of the semester. The student can still request a consultation as a drop-in.
  • The author of a piece of writing must be present to receive help with that piece of writing. It cannot be dropped off by anyone else or the appointment is forfeited.
  • Writing Consultants do NOT proofread, edit, write on student papers, or complete homework.
  • No children are permitted in the Writing Center. Please make other arrangements for child care needs before scheduling an appointment.
  • Food, drinks, and tobacco products are not permitted in the Writing Center. Bottled water only.
  • Cell phone use is not permitted in the Writing Center, and all cell phones must be turned off when entering the Writing Center.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate mature, respectful behavior towards all Writing Center staff, receptionists, and fellow students.

Writing Center Staff

Writing Center Staff

Kim Arbolante

Kim Arbolante

Laraine Rosema

Laraine RosemaI 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.

  • Degrees Held: M.A. in English with Writing Certificate for California State University, Bakersfield
    B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield
    A.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Antelope Valley College
  • Specialties: Technical writing, career writing, pre-writing, organization, transitions
  • Interesting Fact: Currently studying for the Educational Doctorate from California State University, Bakersfield, with an emphasis on Educational Leadership in Post-Secondary Administration

Kim Collins

Kim CollinsWriting 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.

  • Degrees Held: M.A. in English for California State University, Bakersfield
    B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield
  • Specialties: Persuasive and narrative writing; Essay organization and development
  • Quote: “In many ways writing is the act of saying I, of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying listen to me, see it my way, change your mind. It’s an aggressive, even a hostile act” (Joan Didion in “Why I Write”).

Susan Abbassi

Susan AbbassiLearning is a process that never ends, and as a writing consultant, writing provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth.

  • Degrees Held: M.A. in English for California State University, Bakersfield
    B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield
    B.A. in Religious Studies from California State University, Bakersfield
  • Specialties: Thesis statements, EMLS, religious studies
  • Quote/Interesting Fact: Currently studying for a Master’s degree in Divinity at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, with an emphasis on spiritual healing and ministry.
    "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will." (Vince Lombardi)

Miguel Cuate, Jr.

Miguel Cuate, Jr.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.

  • Degrees Held: B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield
  • Specialties: Fluent in English and Spanish. Communications; First-generation students and Former Foster Youth in Higher Education
  • Quote/Interesting Fact: My last name, Cuate, is Spanish for "twin" or "friend." Although I am not a twin myself, I have younger twin brothers and a friend or two...I think...
    “I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” (Stephen Jay Gould)

Jessica Flores

Jessica FloresI 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.

  • Degrees Held: M.A. in English with Writing Certificate from California State University, Bakersfield
    B.A. in English, with minor in Women's & Gender Studies, from California State University, Bakersfield
  • Specialties: Fluent in English and Spanish. Gender, Race, Class, & Sexuality; Communications; Hispanic Literature.

Kaitlin Leathers

Kaitlin LeathersThe only way to improve yourself—and your writing—is through trial, error, and continued practice.

  • Degrees Held: M.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield
  • Specialties: Sentence structure/formation, parts of speech, medieval literature
  • Interesting Fact: I'm a Gryffindor, and before I decided to pursue a life of academia, I once moved to Chicago to be a singer—with moderate success!

Barry Ramirez

Barry RamirezI 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.

  • Degrees Held: Impending M.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield
    B.A. in Philosphy from California State University, Bakersfield
    A.A. in Social Science from Porterville College
  • Specialties: Logic and argumentation; structure
  • Quote: "Do not talk about giftedness, inborn talents! One can name great men of all kinds who were very little gifted. They acquired greatness, became 'geniuses' (as we put it), through qualities the lack of which no one who knew what they were would boast of: they all possessed that seriousness of the efficient workman which first learns to construct the parts properly before it ventures to fashion a great whole; they allowed themselves time for it, because they took more pleasure in making the little, secondary things well than in the effect of a dazzling whole." (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Eric Weis

Eric WeisWhile 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.

  • Degrees Held: B.A. in History from Temple University
    A.A. in Education from the Community College of Philadelphia
  • Interesting Fact: Even though I do have degrees and have spent a long time in college both as a student and an employee, I am mostly an autodidact; I spent years traveling and reading on many subjects to educate myself. I also can do a crazy wiggle thing with my eyes when asked to do so, and I can talk like Donald Duck (although I haven't done that in a long time).

Writing Center Materials

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