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James Oliver Community Writing Center

James Oliver Community Writing Center

Welcome to the James Oliver Community Writing Center


B Building, Drop-in Lab B260 


Terrence Fisher (tfisher@peralta.edu; 510464-3426), Computer Network Technician or

Pamela Crumpton (pcrumpton@peralta.edu; 510-464-3163), Instructional Assistant

Office: B258

The Writing Center is administered by Denise Richardson, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Math and Sciences (drichardson@peralta.edu)

Mission Statement 

The James Oliver Community Writing Center provides instructional support for writing, one-on-one tutoring on a drop-in basis, supplemental instruction in English and ESL, and access to computers for use in completion of writing assignments.  We welcome students at all skill levels, at any stage in the writing process for any course.Writing Center tutors give individualized attention to students, but do not write or edit papers for them.  Instead, tutors are trained to listen and ask questions to help students make their own choices in developing writing strategies.

Fall 2015 Hours 

Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 8 PM

Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM

Services Provided:

Drop-in Computer Use, Tutoring, and Printing

Room B260 provides students with 31 computers to work on writing assignments, limited printing services (10 pages/day), trained lab assistants to assist students with their service requests, and one-on-one tutoring on a drop-in basis. During high impact hours of operation, students may be limited to 20-minute sessions with tutors.

Classroom Use

Room B261 contains 26 computers and is primarily utilized for ESOL and English Writing Workshop courses.  If available, room B261 may also be reserved by writing instructors for classroom usage.

All instructors must schedule a mandatory orientation before bringing their classes to B261.

Please contact the JOCWC staff to schedule an orientation and subsequent usage of the room.

Schedule of Tutors

Our trained tutors are available for drop-in tutoring sessions. Each tutoring session is 20 minutes in length. Here is a link to the schedule of tutors for Fall 2015:

Fall 2015 Writing Center Tutor Schedule

Tutoring Sign-Up Sheet

When you come in for tutoring, you will be asked to fill out a Tutoring Sign-Up sheet.

Each tutoring session is 20 minutes long. Tutors do not edit or proofread student papers, but instead guide students to solve their own writing challenges in order to help them become stronger independent writers and thinkers.

Please take a moment to set your goals for how to best use your time during this session by filling out this form. Please keep in mind, you may not be able to accomplish all your goals in one session.

Tutoring Sign-Up sheet

Grammar Sign-Up sheet

Our team of tutors looks forward to helping you!

Writing Center Tutors

Writing Workshops

For more intensive, weekly help with your reading and writing, consider signing up for English 208 or ESOL 218, our writing workshops:

English 208 Schedule Fall 2017