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The Writing Center is free to all BCC students, and is staffed by trained writing consultants ready to help you with papers and any other writing, for any class, at any stage of the writing process.

The Writing Center provides appointments and drop-in hours. Stop by to find out what we’re all about, have a coffee, meet our writing consultants, or work on a paper.

Contact Us

Email: writingcenter@berkshirecc.edu

Location

Melville Hall 401 (the Resource Center), right at the center of the building.

Hours
(Updated Each Semester)

  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Our Mission

The Writing Center is a respectful, inclusive space dedicated to supporting student writing across the curriculum. We believe writing facilitates learning and clarifies thinking. We approach writing as a process and encourage students to bring their writing at any stage. We provide appointments and scheduled drop-in hours, and are staffed by peer tutors who have undergone extensive training in writing center methods and practices. We do not edit or rewrite student papers, instead our tutors provide interactive one-on-one sessions in which they help students identify the strengths and weaknesses in their writing and take ownership of their own work.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to make an appointment?

    No. You can drop in anytime. (See above for our hours this semester.) However, if you need to make an appointment, we can do that too.

  • What kind of writing do you consult on?

    Any kind. We’ve consulted on everything from creative writing, research papers, and poetry to lab reports, resumes, and abstracts. We even went over a police report one time.

  • What should I bring?

    It is always helpful to bring a copy of the assignment sheet along with the class syllabus. If you have a working draft, try and bring a printed copy—it is easier to work on a hard copy rather than looking over each-other’s shoulders at a computer screen.

  • How long will this take?

    That depends on what you want to do. It could be as short as five minutes, or as long as an hour—there is no time limit. On average, though, expect to spend twenty to thirty minutes in the Writing Center.

  • Can I request a specific consultant?

    Of course, depending upon availability. Remember, though, all of our consultants are well-trained and motivated to give you all the input you need.

  • Can you fix my paper for me?

    Depends on what you mean by “fix”. We won’t re-write your paper for you, but we will guide you and make suggestions for ways in which you can improve your work without us doing it for you.

  • Can you help me with formatting?

    Yes. Whether you need to write your paper in MLA, APA or any other kind of format, we can show you how to set up in-text citations and works cited or bibliography pages.

  • Do you have take-away materials that can help me with my writing?

    Yes. We have a good range of resources here in the Writing Center that you can take with you. If none of them address your specific writing issue, we can suggest many good websites that will.

  • Can I come in to just hang out and work?

    Yes. The Writing Center is located in an open Resource Center, so all students are welcome to use it. If you need a little more quiet, or privacy, we also have two conference rooms that are available.

  • Do you have a computer I could use?

    We do have laptops on hand if you need to use one.

  • Can you print my paper for me?

    A printer is available for use in the Writing Center, but only for the purpose of working on drafts during a consultation. If you just need to print your paper you can do that either in Digital Commons located in the Library.