Writing Room

Writing Room Location : H&SS 112


The mission of the Writing Room is to provide an open teaching and learning environment for the collaborative discussion of writing so that students may become more aware and independent writers. Writing consultants come from a range of disciplines and are formally trained to provide feedback during all phases of the writing process. The Writing Room is staffed by students. Located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 112, the Writing Room is available to students who want to drop-in but appointments are recommended. Our Frequently Asked Questions brochure provides more information.

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Writing Room Staff & Hours of Operation


Writing Room Director

Professor Vicki Collins


(803) 641-3735


Lead Writing Room Tutor

Meredith Hawcroft


(803) 641-3262

Fall 2016 Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm

Friday: 9am-2pm

Writing Room Location : H&SS 112

Writing Room Workshops

Writing Proficiency Portfolio (WPP)

Submission Information

As a general education requirement, writing proficiency is evaluated at USC Aiken.  This requirement can be satisfied by completing a Writing Proficiency Portfolio (WPP).  Please check with your advisor to see if the writing proficiency requirement is a prerequisite for any courses in your program of study.  It is a good idea to complete this requirement in your junior year to help minimize registration problems that may occur if you wait.

The WPP contains three papers from your college career accompanied by a reflective essay. The folder requires a list of the courses each submission; you can acquire this information via your transcript on SSC or Degree Works.  Before submitting the portfolio, you may want to visit the Writing Room for a consultation. When you are ready to submit your portfolio, bring it to the Writing Room in H&SS 112. Palmetto College (and other online) students can send the WPP directly to Dr. Matt Miller, Department of English, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC  29801. 


Summer:  First Wednesday in June

Fall:   First Wednesday after Labor Day holiday   (Current date:  September 7, 2016)

Spring:  Last Wednesday in January


For more information about the WPP, please see: 

Tips for Choosing Papers

Reflective Cover Essay

The Evaluation Process

Is ENGL 201 a Better Option for Me?  


For questions about the WPP, please ask Dr. Matt Miller, Writing Assessment Director, matthewm@usca.edu, (803) 641-3208


Writing Style Links

USCA Library YouTube Channel -- Citations

USCA Library Style Guides

APA Guide (PDF)

APA Style tips

Chicago Guide (PDF)

The Chicago Manual of Style Q&A

MLA Quick Reference (PDF)

ESL Handouts

Powerpoint on Tutoring ESL Students

Stages to Tutoring ESL Students 

Resources for ESL Students and Tutors

Useful Links

To visit the USC Aiken English Department, click here.

USC Aiken's Gregg-Graniteville Library:

The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab:

The Modern Language Association web site:

The American Psychological Association Online:

The Chicago Manual of Style:

The Library of Congress' Learning Page: Tips on citing non-print sources like films, recordings, pictures, and maps.

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