Writing & Rhetoric Center

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Writing Consultations

The Writing & Rhetoric Center is located in Kennedy Library, Room 111C.

Make an appointment:


The center is open for fall quarter at all three locations from January 8 to March 21, 2018. 

Kennedy Library, Room 111C Hours of Operation
Sundays   4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mondays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Tuesdays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesdays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Trinity Study Lounge           Hours of Operation
Tuesdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sierra Madre Study Lounge Hours of Operation
Sundays 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free consultations on any writing project for any discipline. All writers are welcome!

Get support for the following:

  • Generating and organizing your ideas
  • Focusing your thoughts
  • Clarifying your purpose
  • Developing support for your topic
  • Preparing for the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)
  • Reviewing grammar and punctuation

Take advantage of additional online writing resources:

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): An expansive website with detailed information on punctuation, sentence structure, tips for multilingual writers, business writing, and more; includes current style guidelines for APA and MLA

Kennedy Library's Self-Guided Research 101 Tutorial: An online, self-paced tutorial with loads of strategies for understanding the expectations of assignments, generating a topic, researching, and citing information

Kennedy Library's Research Help Desk: The library's major reference and research support site with links to the Research Help Desk; a 24-Hour Chat system; and Data, Maps, and GIS assistance. 

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Interactive quizzes, linked information, PowerPoint presentations

Preventing Plagiarism: An open-access guide to understanding plagiarism that includes resources for effectively integrating sources


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Upcoming Events

Writing Consultations 

January 8 - March 21 

Spring Quarter WPE Dates 

April 11, 17, and 21


*Click here for WPE preparatory resources.


Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  

Beginning January 8, students may visit one of three locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  *Note: the center is no longer located in Building 10, Room 138; the center's main location is now in Kennedy Library, Room 111C.

Click here for more information.

English Placement

The CSU determines academic placement based on the results of students' pre-college exam scores. Students who do not clear a conditional status or are deemed "not ready" for college-level coursework based on pre-college exams and/or coursework are placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill a two-quarter stretch composition course by the end of their first year in order to comply with CSU mandates. 

Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Master's degree and teaching credentials.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can fulfill the requirement and should fulfill the requirement before the senior year.  Visit the GWR page for more information on how to complete this requirement.