Writing & Rhetoric Center

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Writing Consultations

The Writing & Rhetoric Center is open for spring quarter
April 09 to June 14.

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

Make an appointment:


Visit the tutors at four locations:

Location          Erhart Agriculture Building (10), Room 138
Hours              Monday thru Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
                       Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location          Kennedy Library, Room 202B
Hours              Sunday thru Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location          Trinity Hall Study Lounge
Hours               Tuesday: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location          Sierra Madre  Study Lounge
Hours               Sunday: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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 online APA and MLA style guides.

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

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: Help with organizing, editing, thesis/support essays, argumentative essays, and documenting sources.

The Writer's Handbook at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Instructional materials for improving your writing style at different stages of the writing process.

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


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Upcoming Events

Summer Tutoring 

July 10 - August 31
Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 
10 am - 4 pm

WPE Dates 

July 7, 14, 21, and 28
*For summer graduates

August 14
*For incoming transfer students

October 4, 7, and 10
*For all eligible students


Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  Students may visit one of four locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  Plan ahead and visit with a writing consultant before a writing project due date to make the most of your visit!

English Placement Test (EPT)

On the basis of pre-college exam scores, students are deemed ready, conditionally ready, or not ready for college-level coursework.  The CSU requires conditionally ready first-year students to show that they are exempt from English remediation before they can enroll in ENGL 133 or 34. Any student who does not clear a conditional status is placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill the yearlong stretch course by the end of the first year or risk disqualification. 

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.