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Welcome to the Writing Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College!

We are a completely free and valuable resource, available to help you with writing assignments from any CGCC course.

Are you a confident writer? Or someone who struggles with your papers? Our experienced tutors help ALL STUDENTS accomplish their writing goals. And we can help at all stages of the writing process - from brainstorming topic ideas to documenting your sources and everything in between.

The Writing Center offers many services to CGCC students, including:

  • One-on-one tutoring sessions with English faculty and experienced writers
  • 10 computer stations for word processing, Internet research, and computer modules
  • dozens of handouts, books, and online resources
  • a comfortable, quiet study area
  • a good setting for small-group work
  • Writing Center workshops

As you can see, we are committed to helping you achieve your personal and academic goals! Remember our motto: come early and come often! I personally invite you to visit the Writing Center today - I know you'll be impressed with our tutors, facility and resources. See you soon!

Eva Falletta
Learning Center Director

Mission Statement

The CGCC Writing Center promotes the college's mission of serving our students by providing quality academic support to nurture life-long learning. We strive to create a welcoming environment in which we help students become better writers. Through a student-centered approach, we encourage an understanding of and critical reflection about writing and demystify the writing process to foster independence. Writing tutors work with students at all levels and abilities and in all disciplines to help them develop effective strategies for any writing situation.

Tutors help students develop strategies to achieve their goals as writers by counseling them to make informed choices. We do not write or edit papers for students. Instead, tutors give individualized attention to students at all stages of the writing process. We listen, dialogue, read carefully, and ask questions. We provided guided practice to build confidence and enhance critical thinking about writing. Ultimately, we aim to help students become successful, independent writers.​

Writing Center Drop-In Hours -

Spring 2017

Pecos Campus

Room LIB230

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday


Williams Campus

Bridget Hall
Room BRID114

Monday - Thursday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday



​Writing Center Workshops - Spring 2017

Master any writing task with our helpful workshop series!


Computer Savvy: Tips for Formatting Any Writing Assignment
Worry-Free Writing
Critical Thinking 101: How to Begin!
Write This Way: MLA
Write This Way: APA
The Time is Write: How to Stop Procrastinating when a Paper's Due
Avoid Plagiarism like the Plague: How to Use Research Right!
Put Your Five Senses to Work: Concrete Detail in Creative and Academic Writing
Critical Thinking II: Rhetorical Analysis
Fixing Syntax: Fragments and Run-Ons
Taming the Thesis Statement
The Power of Revision
In Your Own Words: How to Integrate Sources
Packing a Punch: Developing Well-Supported Body Paragraphs
Start Strong...Finish Forcefully
How Do You Know if it's CRAP? Evaluating Websites for Papers and Projects
Avoid Plagiarism like the Plague: How to Use Research Right! (repeat)
Critical Thinking III: Visual Analysis
In Your Own Words: How to Integrate Sources (repeat)
Critical Thinking IV: Making Connections and Using Research to Include Synthesis in Writing

​Online Resources for Writing

General Writing Sites
Avoiding Logical Fallacies
  • The UNC Writing Center explains common logical fallacies of which to beware in your own writing and in others’ writing.
  • The Purdue OWL lists and describes many logical fallacies to avoid.
Brainstorming/Getting Started
Editing and Proofreading
  • The UNC Writing Center’s guidelines for the editing and proofreading processes, including intentional errors on the page itself for practice.


Gender Neutral/Unbiased Language
  • The UNC Writing Center offers this excellent guide to understanding gender issues and addressing them in your writing.
  • From the University of Toronto, this article on the use of unbiased language in academic writing provides a good, general overview of academic language.
  • Purdue OWL provides a brief review of the necessary stylistic components of an outline, followed by a look at how to draft an outline.
Passive vs. Active Voice
  • The Purdue OWL breaks down the difference between passive and active voice and demonstrates how to revise passive into active voice.
  • The UNC Writing Center explains what writing in the passive voice means so that you can make the appropriate voice choices in your writing (also check out their passive voice video: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/passive-voice-demo/).
  • "Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Information gathered from the internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism" (99). The consequences of plagiarism can also be found on this page.
  • The Purdue OWL provides information and best practices to help avoid plagiarism.
  • Check out Plagiarism.org’s “Plagiarism 101” and “Citing Sources” tutorials.
Research and Sources
  • The UW-Madison Writer’s Handbook suggests several practices for improving the clarity of your writing.
  • The UNC Writing Center explores style issues and how to fix them.
Thesis Statements
  • The Sierra College Writing Center defines all the goals a thesis statement should meet as well as the steps for constructing your own thesis.
  • The UNC Writing Center pinpoints the elements of a thesis statement and provides a list of sub-questions to answer the question of whether your thesis is strong.
Dictionaries and Thesauri
ESL Resources
  • Grammar and vocabulary exercises and quizzes.
  • Diagnostics, explanations, and examples to help practice English grammar.
  • For Spanish speakers learning English. This site has beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of language practice.

Writing Center Newsletters

Newsletter Link

First year in college? Check out this issue for some tips for getting started on the right foot. Also check out the highlight on Annie Jiminez, Director of the International Education Program at CGCC.

This issue focuses on sparking creativity with tips and strategies for getting in touch with the "flow" of inspiration. Also find out more about CGCC's creative writing instructor, Patrick Finn.

Want to know more about how to incorporate feedback to revise your writing? Not sure what to do with a colon? Are you stumped when it's time to write a paper? Check out this issue for help with these issues.

This issue is chock-full of citation resources; it also includes information about what to do next in the research process after collecting research. And--do you trust your word processor's spell checker? Maybe you shouldn't!

If you're having problems with transitions, this is the issue for you. Also, look for tips for avoiding plagiarism and for writing effective complaint letters.

This issue contains tips for writing a critical analysis and suggestions for eliminating clichés in your writing.

Understanding assignment sheets is the focus for this issue, which also includes tips for discovering your writing process.

Have trouble with citing sources? Not sure where that apostrophe goes? Need some help with finals? This is the issue for you!

Organization is the focus of this month's feature article. Spelling mnemonics and tips for using the dictionary are also included.

This issue includes a feature article about audience awareness, "Your Public Waits...," some tips for preparing for finals, and interesting statistics about reading.

"Getting Started," the feature article of this issue, provides tips for starting writing projects. The issue also includes "Mysteries of the English Language."

The art of argument is the topic of the feature article in this issue. You can also find some helpful tips for finding your own mistakes in your writing.

The feature article, "You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression," focuses on composing effective introductions.

The final issue of the academic year includes an article on writing effective conclusions, as well as tips for handling final exams.

This issue includes an article about "Taming the Thesis Statement," as well as Frequently Asked Questions about the Writing Center.