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Welcome to the Writing Center

The Cabrillo College Writing Center serves all students enrolled at the school and currently taking courses in which written work is required. The Center tutoring staff strives to provide students with composition and critical thinking skills to enable them to compose successful essays and assignments on their own. We work closely with learning communities across campus, ACES and STARS, to provide pre-transfer level students with support in development of writing and critical thinking skills that will ensure their academic progress over the long term.

Students also have access to Online Writing Lab, or OWL, and may submit papers online to an experienced tutor who will read your paper and respond with substantive feedback within two days. Finally, we offer English 100 grammar labs to those students, including STARS students, enrolled in an English 100 composition course.

The Center, located on the Aptos campus (behind and upstairs from the library in Building 1000), boasts a lab of thirty computers for student work and Internet access for academic study and projects. There is also an ESL Room, where ESL students and others are invited to work quietly at tables and computers. ESL students can also participate in lab activities. Students are asked to sign into our database when visiting the Writing Center. On the first visit a student will register and create an account. Thereafter, students log into the Center to use the computers, the workspace, and/or to request tutoring. We look forward to welcoming our students and to helping you successfully reach your academic and career goals.

What STudents are Saying

  • I have always struggled writing papers, but the Writing Center has helped me with grammar and how to properly format my essays. I strongly encourage every student to use the Writing Center resources. -Mitchell Kazem
  • I am native Spanish speaking, so English does not come easily when I write a paper. The Writing Center staff is always available to help with any question or assignment. They have been instrumental to my success in school. -Catalina Siri



Contact Information
Writing Center

Room 1060W in the HUB, upstairs from the library.

Bldg. 1000

Writing Center Phone



831.479.6177 ext. 1 (for director)

Writing Center Directors


Melissa Palacios & Joyce Flager

ESL Phone 831.479.6310
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