The AUSB Writing Center provides free writing support, through one-on-one sessions with peer tutors. Bring in 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.
We offer scheduled appointments and drop-ins as time permits (30 or 60 minutes each). Visits are free and open to all Antioch students. 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
Drop in, or schedule an appointment with us in one of 4 ways:
- Complete the Appointment Request Form
- Email us at email@example.com
- Call us at: 805.962.8179, ext. 5110
- Or check our “same-day/next-day” appointment sign-up sheet that’s posted on our door (Room 207)
The Writing Center is located in Room 207 on the Mezzanine floor next to the library. (Take the stairs outside room 118 up to the 2nd floor.)
Winter 2018 Hours
Mon. 9am – 6pm
Tues. 9am – 6pm
Wed. 9am – 1pm (& see Wed. afternoon hours below)
Thurs. 9am – 7pm
Fri. 9am – 3pm (till 4pm on 3/2 & 3/9)
Additional Wed. afternoon hours
Wed. 1/3, 1/10: 1pm-5pm
Wed. 1/17, 1/24, 2/7: 4pm-7pm
Wed. 2/14: 2pm-4pm
Wed. 2/28, 3/7: 9am-2pm
Every quarter the AUSB Writing Center hosts a series of presentations — free to all AUSB students (with free snacks & drinks!).
Winter 2018 Events
Understanding APA Presentation
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. Come enjoy free snacks and drinks!
- Week 4: Wed., Jan. 24th, 4-5:30pm, Room 121
- Week 5: Tues., Jan. 30th, 4-5:30pm, Room 121
Eat Your Words: Discussions about the World of Writing
- Tuesdays, 12-12:30pm, on the 3rd floor patio – look for the “Eat Your Words” sign (Rain plan: Room 343 or 340)
In these informal group chats, we encourage you to bring your lunch and join us on the 3rd floor patio to chat about different genres of academic and professional writing. Get to know Writing Center staff and featured guests. Cookies and cold brew coffee provided!
- Week 4, Jan. 23rd, Featured Guest:
Doug Lynch, Writing for Business
- Week 5, Jan. 30th, Featured Guest:
Lee Yarborough, Email Etiquette
- Week 6, Feb. 6th, Featured Guest:
Brett Kia-Keating, Writing a Dissertation
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.
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/Prezi/Google Slides Support
- Cover Letters
Other Types of Writing
- Scholarship Essays
- Creative Writing
- MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
- Sakai, WordPress, Prezi, etc.
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.
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. You will learn the most if you make your first appointment during the first week or two 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 or outlining stages of an assignment, or come in with a rough or revised draft.
Sessions may be 30 or 60 minutes long. (Up to 60 minutes each day, per student.) About five minutes at the beginning and 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
Natalie Alderson is originally from Dana Point, California, but has been living in Santa Barbara for several years. She is currently earning her MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara, and working closer towards her goal of working as a therapist who specializes in trauma. Natalie also earned her BA with a concentration in Applied Psychology at AUSB. Her interests include music, writing, cooking, gardening, exercising, and hanging out with her pets.
Cheryl Martner has a passion for lifelong learning and for supporting others in personal and professional development. She completed her Liberal Arts Degree at Los Angeles Pierce College, a Bachelor of Science in Business with a Minor in Marketing at Western International University, and a Master’s in Business (MBA) in Management at Western International University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara and plans to use her education, business, and volunteer experience to support human services programs and promote social and community wellbeing. Her professional experience includes departmental communications, industry PR, employee mentoring, and working in global teams. Cheryl’s hobbies include photography, visiting art galleries, outrigger canoeing, and hiking.
Brandy Harrison is originally from Houston, Texas. She is presently in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles. She hopes to become a licensed therapist and start a non-profit that serves LGBT youth. When she’s not working (or pretending to do homework), Brandy enjoys short walks on the beach, live music, and bad television.
Douglas Caesar is a born and raised native of Santa Barbara. He is currently pursuing a BA degree with a concentration in Communication & Media at AUSB where he hopes to apply that to a career in Public Relations. He also has two Associate degrees from Santa Barbara City College, with emphases in Social Behavior and Arts and Humanities. When Doug is not in school he enjoys dabbling in screenwriting, going on runs, and delving into the world of comic books!
Writing Center Alumni: Former Peer Tutors
BA in Liberal Studies with double concentration in Marketing and Communication & Media, Dec. 2017.
How to log in to the VWC to submit your work:
- On the VWC site, click on your campus to submit your writing.
- You will then need to log in to eTutoring.org. Your AU student ID number will be your username.
- Your initial password for your first visit to eTutoring.org will be:
- The last 5 digits of the ID number followed by the capitalized first initial of your legal first name, then the lowercase first two letters of your legal last name.
- For example: the Initial Password for John Doe is 23456Jdo (Last 5 digits of ID number: 23456; First Initial (given name, uppercase): J; First two letters of last name: do).
- After you log in, you’ll be able to change your password (six characters minimum), and input your time zone.
Please visit the Virtual Writing Center for more information.