We have temporarily shifted to remote sessions via Zoom. (Hours below.) Use the Appt. Request form or email us to schedule a Zoom appt.: firstname.lastname@example.org
The AUSB Writing Center provides free writing support, through one-on-one sessions with peer tutors. Talk to a tutor about your writing at any stage, including brainstorming! In the Writing Center, you’ll find no judgment, no grades, no shame — just positive encouragement and helpful support. The Writing Center is not an editing service, but is here to teach you strategies that will help you grow as a writer and develop your writing repertoire (skills, habits, and techniques) over time. Visits are free and open to all Antioch students. The Writing Center, normally located in Room 207, is currently only offering remote sessions via Zoom. We offer scheduled appointments (30 or 60 minutes each), and same-day appointments as time permits.
To schedule a Zoom appointment with us:
We will be CLOSED for the Week 13 break, from Sat. June 27 – Sun. July 5.
The AU Virtual Writing Center will still be open during this time.
We will re-open with new Summer hours starting Mon., July 6th, 2020.
Summer 2020 Hours (starting Mon., July 6, 2020)
Mondays 9am–7pm via Zoom
Tuesdays 9am–8pm via Zoom
Wednesdays 9am–6pm via Zoom
Thursdays 9am–5pm via Zoom
Fridays 9am–5pm via Zoom
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com!
How does face-to-face Zoom tutoring work? I’m tired of Zoom!!!
You have several options: Zoom with both audio and video. Or Zoom with just audio (if you’re tired of video). Share a Google Doc with your tutor. Or share your screen with a tutor to show them a draft or your assignment guidelines.
I didn’t schedule anything in advance, can I still meet with someone today?
What should I do to get ready for my session?
You don’t need to have anything written – you can talk with a tutor about your assignment and brainstorm ways to get started. It might save you time to have your assignment guidelines handy, and you might also want to have a blank Google Doc or pen and paper handy for taking notes.
Do I need to send my work to my tutor before the session?
No, you don’t – we’ll go over it together with you! If you want to show your tutor your draft or assignment guidelines, just wait until your session, and you can read and discuss them together.
The AUSB Writing Center only offers face-to-face tutoring (in real time). For written feedback on your writing, within 48 hours, you can use the Antioch Virtual Writing Center (VWC).
What type of remote support do you offer?
You can: ask us a quick question over email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Zoom with a tutor for a few minutes to get a quick question answered, or try out a more in-depth Zoom session (e.g., brainstorm with a tutor or get feedback on a piece of writing).
How long are Zoom sessions?
Zoom tutoring sessions can be just a few minutes long, or up to 1 hour per day. It’s up to you what you want to focus on and how long you want to meet – just let your tutor know!
Can I request to work with a specific tutor?
Sure! If you want to continue to meet with the same tutor, just let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your request, pending availability.
Every quarter the AUSB Writing Center hosts a series of presentations — free to all AUSB students.
Summer 2020 Events
Understanding APA Presentation – via ZOOM
The first hour of this presentation will help you approach writing and documenting sources in APA style. We will also practice techniques for paraphrasing and for developing thesis statements. The last 30 minutes will include an overview of APA formatting for in-text citations, references, and your entire paper.
- Mon., Jul. 20th (Week 3), 10am–11:30am, via Zoom
- Tues., Jul. 21st (Week 3), 2pm–3:30pm, via Zoom
Designing and Presenting in Google Slides Presentation – via ZOOM
Learn how to create customized, visually appealing slides using Google Slides. This workshop will give you some great tips for creating effective presentations.
- Mon., July 27th (Week 4), 2pm–3pm, via Zoom
- Tues., Aug. 18th (Week 7), 11am–12pm, via Zoom
Strengthening your Resume – via ZOOM
Learn how to craft a strong, concise, and visually appealing Resume. This workshop will give you some great tips for strengthening each section of a typical Resume.
- Mon., Aug. 3rd (Week 5), 10am–11am, via Zoom
- Tues., Aug. 4th (Week 5), 2pm–3pm, via Zoom
If you’re unable to attend a presentation, you can make a free Writing Center appointment to learn about APA, or another topic like presentation software, one-on-one with a tutor.
Or jump directly to our handouts on:
APA (including our APA template documents)
Resume & Cover Letter
Grammar & Punctuation
The AUSB Writing Center provides free peer support with all forms of writing, including:
● Understanding Assignment Guidelines
● APA Style/Formatting
● MLA Style/Formatting
● Integrating Quotes and Citations
● Introductions and Conclusions
● Thesis Statements
● Topic Sentences and Transitions
● Organization and Development of Ideas
● Research Techniques
● Sentence Structure
● Content Development
● Practice Presenting
● PowerPoint/Google Slides/Canva Support
● Cover Letters
Other Types of Writing
● Scholarship Essays
● Creative Writing
● MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
● Google Slides, Google Docs
If there is a specific service not listed here, call or email us with your inquiry. We may be able to help you!
What We Do:
- We help you find a process or plan that suits you.
- We respond as readers and ask you questions, listen, and help you strategize.
- We create a comfortable learning environment.
What We Don’t Do:
- We do not tell, fix, judge, or shame.
- We do not function as an editing service; we can help you become a better editor of your own work (we do not edit for you or promise you will leave a session with an error-free paper).
- We do not offer remote tutoring; we are a face-to-face tutoring center. (See the Virtual Writing Center for remote tutoring.)
Who can use the WCenter services?
Any currently enrolled AUSB student can schedule (or drop in) for a tutoring session at the AUSB Writing Center. Unfortunately, the Writing Center does not serve alumni or students who are not currently enrolled.
What can I expect when I visit the AUSB Writing Center (WCenter)?
When you come to the WCenter, expect to engage in a conversation about your writing. Expect to participate actively in your session. Sessions in the WCenter are very interactive and are built to lead you in doing the work yourself. Be prepared to take notes, construct outlines, revise paragraphs, try new sentence patterns, debate your ideas, or just think out loud. The tutors are familiar with many approaches to writing and many resources that enhance learning.
How should I prepare for my appointment and what should I bring?
It may be helpful for you to bring along some of your course materials, such as your assignment guidelines or syllabus. You should also bring any work on the assignment or any writing you’ve done so far. You might want to bring your laptop and/or a memory stick, or you may use one of the Writing Center computers (and our printer, if you’d like) during your session.
Remember, it’s okay if you haven’t actually written anything or if you’re just having a hard time getting started! Bring your ideas or your questions. The WCenter can help you at any point in the writing process.
It’s often helpful to set some goals for the session. Tell the peer writing tutor exactly what your needs are at the beginning of a session. Think about what kind of help you really want. If you set a rough agenda of items you want to cover, then you can be sure to get the most out of your time in the Writing Center.
Does the WCenter provide editing or proofreading services?
The WCenter staff will not write, correct, or proofread/edit your paper for you. (We will not go through your paper line by line and correct mistakes.) Instead, tutors will teach you strategies for self-editing.
The WCenter is here to help you grow as a writer and develop your writing repertoire (skills, strategies, and techniques) over time, so you can tackle your assignments more effectively.
Can the WCenter help me with English grammar in my writing?
Yes! If you want to work on improving your English grammar and word choice, the WCenter can help! Although the tutors will not edit your writing for you, they can help you identify grammar mistakes and can explain how to fix them. Just tell your tutor that you want your session to focus on finding and fixing grammar mistakes.
Can I email my essay to the WCenter for feedback?
The AU Santa Barbara WCenter only offers face-to-face tutoring (in real time). That means that you should wait until your appointment with a tutor, and then you and your tutor can go over your essay together.
Or, if you prefer to submit your writing and receive written feedback on it remotely, then you can use the Antioch Virtual Writing Center (VWC).
Are my sessions confidential?
The content of each session is kept confidential between you and the Writing Center staff assisting you. Please be aware that some WCenter sessions may take place in public spaces (for example, in the library); inform your peer writing tutor if you feel uncomfortable about any aspect of the session so that alternative arrangements can be made.
How long/frequent are sessions? At what point should I come in?
Don’t wait until you are overwhelmed by an assignment. Make appointments early and often! Peer sessions work best over time. It will help you the most if you make your first appointment during the first few weeks of classes and continue to schedule sessions throughout the term.
You can come in for an appointment even before you’ve written a word (when you’re still in the brainstorming stages of an assignment), or come in with a rough draft.
Sessions may be 30 or 60 minutes long. (Up to 60 minutes each day, per student.) About five minutes at the end of each session are used to collect your feedback through a short computer survey.
The last session of the day might only be 55 minutes long, since all sessions should end at least 5 minutes before closing (to allow you time to complete the feedback survey).
You may schedule or drop-in for up to one 60-minute session (or two 30-min. sessions) per day.
What if I miss/forget or need to cancel an appointment?
What if I miss my appointment?
You may drop in during regularly scheduled hours as often as needed, but you will be served on a first-come, first-served basis, as time is available. Students with appointments have priority.
What if I forget about my appointment?
Please come on time to scheduled appointments. After one no-show, you will be sent an email. After two no-shows, you will need to use drop-in hours for the remainder of the quarter.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel, please do so at least 24 hours in advance.
What if I have special needs?
If you have special circumstances what will affect your session, please let the WCenter know ahead of time, and we will work to accommodate your needs.
What can I do if I am not satisfied with the WCenter services?
Expect that the WCenter’s staff will be available during published hours and for scheduled appointments, arrive on time, and conduct sessions professionally. Be open and honest with us when we are not meeting your needs. If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your session, or if you have any concerns about the quality of the session, then please speak with the Writing Center Director at any time.
Are there any policies I should be aware of?
Yes — the following policies are in place to maintain the quality and consistency of our services:
- Session Length: Sessions may be scheduled for 30 or 60 minutes. About five minutes at the beginning and end of each session are used to collect your feedback through a short computer survey. You may schedule or drop-in for up to one 60-minute session (or two 30-min. sessions) each day.
- The last session of the day may be shortened by 5 minutes, since all sessions should end at least 5 minutes before closing (to allow you time to complete the feedback survey).
- Drop-in Sessions: You may drop in as often as needed (up to 60 minutes each day), but you will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Students with appointments have priority.
- What to Expect: When you come to the WCenter, expect to engage in a conversation about your writing. Sessions are interactive and require that you be engaged in learning and working on your writing.
- Your Work; Your Voice: Our tutors will not write on your papers or type for you; this is to ensure that your work remains your own.
- Confidentiality: The content of each session is kept confidential between you and the Writing Center staff. Please be aware that some WCenter sessions may take place in public spaces (for example, in the library); inform your peer writing tutor if you feel uncomfortable about any aspect of the session so that alternative arrangements can be made.
- No-Shows: Please come on time to scheduled appointments. After one no-show, you will be sent an email. After two no-shows, you will need to use drop-in hours for the remainder of the quarter.
- Cancellations: We prefer 24-hours notice, but at the least, please contact us prior to your scheduled appointment if you cannot make it.
- Special Needs: If you have special circumstances that will affect your session, please let the WCenter know ahead of time, and we will work to accommodate your needs.
Allison Adelman earned her PhD in Linguistics from UC Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics. Her dissertation research focused on the second language acquisition of Japanese. She also holds an MA in Linguistics (from UCSB) and a BA in Linguistics and Spanish (from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania).
While earning her PhD, Allison taught Japanese language classes at UCSB as a teaching assistant. She also began working as a freelance editor and tutor of academic writing, specializing in the humanities and social sciences and in the writing of non-native English speakers.
Allison enjoys learning languages in her spare time; she speaks Japanese and Spanish, has studied Arabic and ASL, and is currently focused on learning Korean. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she has also lived briefly in Spain and South Korea, and for three years in Japan. While in Japan, Allison taught English as a Second Language to students of all ages, and subsequently became a trainer of ESL teachers. In her role at the AUSB Writing Center, she enjoys working with Antioch students and seeing them grow as writers.
Writing Tutor and ELL Specialist
Abby Pasley earned her MA in English from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo; she also has a BA in English from UCSB. Her teaching interests include freshman composition, rhetoric, and modern poetry. Some of the courses she has taught at Antioch are Literary Theory for Social Change, Personal Journaling, Professional Writing, and Academic Writing. Additionally, Abby serves as the ELL specialist in AUSB’s Writing Center where she enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds. Abby has also taught ESL, Adult Education classes, and composition at Santa Barbara City College. Abby is interested in the connection between writing and civic engagement and in helping students identify and develop their own interests while becoming confident writers.
Peer Writing Tutors
Luna Pate is a Santa Barbara local working towards a BA degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Professional & Creative Writing. She is interested in finding a career that allows her to live in Los Angeles and continue to explore her passion for writing. When she is not buried in a novel or writing independently from her studies, she usually spends her time being active, going to the beach, or going to the movies.
Julien Santiago is from the bay area and has been in Santa Barbara for five years. He is currently working towards a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology. His goal is to mentor young men and assist them in their growth and development into adulthood. When he is not in the classroom or at work he is likely at home relaxing with his dog Charlie. He hopes to buy a house here in Santa Barbara and eventually start a family.
Sam Rassool is a grad student in the Master’s program for Clinical Psychology. After jumping from being an English major to a Computer Science major in community college, Sam eventually transferred to and graduated from California State University Channel Islands. Between school and tutoring, Sam can usually be found on campus, but when he isn’t at Antioch he is likely reading at the beach or watching a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Kendall Larson is originally from Orange County and has been in Santa Barbara for four years. After exploring multiple majors at Santa Barbara City College, Kendall decided to continue her education at Antioch University in order to pursue a BA in Psychology. She is interested in a career in Clinical Psychology and hopes to start that journey here in Santa Barbara. When Kendall is not studying or tutoring at the Writing Center, she can be found reading, watching movies, or exploring the outdoors.
Bebhinn McIlroy-Hawley is enrolled in the Liberal Studies program at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California. She previously studied writing, contemporary literature, and art at the University of Alaska Southeast in her home town of Juneau, Alaska. Bebhinn intends to pursue an MFA in Writing at Antioch. She enjoys exploring California with her children and is particularly inspired by the natural landscape of the Central Coast.
Writing Center Alumni: Former Peer Tutors
BA in Liberal Studies with concentration in Business & Entrepreneurship.
BA in Liberal Studies with concentration in Business & Entrepreneurship.
BA in Liberal Studies with concentration in Applied Psychology.
BA in Liberal Studies with double concentration in Marketing and Communication & Media.
MACP (Master’s in Clinical Psychology).
MACP (Master’s in Clinical Psychology).
BA in Liberal Studies with concentration in Applied Psychology.
BA in Liberal Studies with concentration in Communication & Media.
The VWC provides free peer feedback on writing for Antioch University students. Submit your writing on the VWC website to get feedback on your work.
Click here to learn how to submit your work to the VWC via the Submittable system.
Please visit the Virtual Writing Center for more information.
To schedule an appointment, you can fill out this form, or just send us an email at email@example.com. (Or you can leave us a voicemail at 805-962-8179 x5110, and we will respond via email.)