Update for Caltech Writers about HWC Support during COVID-19:

We will continue to offer one-to-one support through the academic year. All appointments in spring term will be synchronous, online meetings in Zoom. If you cannot attend a synchronous appointment due to your location or technical issues, you can email us at writing@caltech.edu to discuss support. Please note the physical space of the HWC is closed.

You can make an appointment in the same place you always have: via the "Writing Center Scheduling" link under Academic Services in Access. All undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs will have access to this link. The appointment page and confirmation email will contain all the details you need to attend your online appointment. 

Take your writing to the next level. 


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All writers benefit from sharing a work-in-progress, and our staff is ready to support your work. We can offer feedback, guidance, and reliable information about academic writing, as well as a chance to think aloud about your written work. 


Let's get started.

You can consult with us about writing at any stage—from nascent ideas to nearly-finished papers. To make an appointment, log in to the Writing Center Scheduler via Access




What to expect when you meet with us

Every one-to-one meeting is a little different, because each writer has a unique project. We'll help you set some goals for the session and then work together to reach your goals. Activities like brainstorming, modeling, reading aloud, or mapping out ideas on whiteboards are common in our conversations.


How does it help?

Readers will see strengths and limits in a text that aren't visible to writers. Our staff members also have access to a range of resources on academic writing that can answer your questions and provide useful models. Many writers also find meetings with our staff provide accountability and motivation to get writing done.




Resources for writing

Meeting with us isn't the only way to improve your writing. Check out our resources page for reliable information, guidance, and models of academic writing. You can also email us if you have a specific question about academic writing.


Get to know us.

Our staff members are trained in a wide range of academic disciplines, but we all have expertise in academic writing. We also share a passion for helping writers achieve their goals. Our online bios will tell you more about who we are.


Where to find us

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The Hixon Writing Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Center for Student Services.