Located in the Learning Commons in Buckley Center 163, the University of Portland Writing Center, directed by the Department of English's Integrated Writing Program, is a free resource for University of Portland students who wish to fine tune their writing skills. Our staff of trained, knowledgeable Writing Assistants act as guides rather than proofreaders and tutor students on assignments and overall writing ability. Our goal is not just to inspire better papers, but create better writers.
The Writing Center is open for appointments Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Jackie Ott Writing Assistant
"Although I honestly just love to learn, anything and everything, I am technically a dual degree student in English and marketing. When not studying or procrastinating, I like to get lost in bookstores, listen to music, drink tea, and stare in amazement at the trees of Portland, which are hugely different from the trees in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. I'd love to help in any way I can, so please come see me in the writing center!"
"Hello! I am Efrain Venegas and I am a philosophy and physics double major. I am from Twin Falls, Idaho. I enjoy soccer, reading, drawing, and having awesome philosophical discussions! "
"Hey! My name is Alana Laanui and I am a political science major with a minor in social justice. I was born and raised in Hawaii on the west side of Oahu. I love spending time outdoors, whether it is hiking in the mountains or surfing in the ocean. I'm excited to be a writing assistant and help in any way I can to assist you in your writing! "
"Hello! My name is Stephen Kellar and I am an English major. I was born and raised in the Portland area and love exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest."
"Hello! My name is Raluca Gosman, and I am a biology major and neuroscience and French minor from Roseburg, Oregon. I am having a great time here in Portland trying out different classes, exploring the beautiful city, and sampling all the food I can. In my free time I love playing volleyball, rock climbing, hanging out with friends, going out to eat, and re-reading Harry Potter with some tea. I am open, friendly, and honest, so visit me in the Writing Center."
"Hello! My name is Kate Garcia and I'm an English and political science double major. I hail from Southern California and have an undying love for cats, J.D. Salinger, and fried foods. "
"Hello! My name is Allie Duven. I am a nursing/Spanish double major and a proud Washingtonian. I love the Pacific Northwest for all that it has to offer in the outdoors as well as the city; I enjoy hiking, biking, snow skiing/shoeing and exploring Portland on days when I can't venture into the outdoors. Feel free to set up an appointment with me or swing by, I look forward to assisting you in your writing endeavors this year! "
"Hi! My name is Sarah Cook, and I am a social work major. I will be working in social work and theology at the Writing Center. I love football, sweet tea, and penguins, though all animals have a place in my heart."
"Hi! My name is Sara Coito (or just Coito), and I am an English major from Modesto, California. I love reading and writing, but I am also passionate about New Seasons peanut butter and the music of Kendrick Lamar. Bring in your ideas, rough drafts, etc., and I will be happy to work with you on crafting a paper you're proud of! "
Abby Van Vleet
"My name is Abby Van Vleet and I am a biology major from Hillsboro, Oregon. I like to read, eat good food, watch Netflix, explore the great outdoors and learn new things. I enjoy working with people and I'd love to help out in any way I can, so come visit me in the Writing Center!"
"Hey! My name is Adel Barnes and I’m a biology major with philosophy and English minors. I am from a suburb of Seattle, Washington, where I grew up with my siblings/black labs Jack and Abby. My passions include film history, microbiology, and the music of Paul Simon. I look forward to meeting with you and working together to unleash your inner writing virtuoso! "
"Greetings! My name is Alex Allen and I am a biology major with minors in English and psychology. I’ve lived a majority of my life in Rancho Cucamonga, California, but now consider Oregon to be my home. My favorite things in life include my lovely dog, delicious teas, and meeting new people. With that being said, don’t be afraid to contact me for any of your writing needs!"
"Hey! I'm Blanche Minoza, and I'm an English major. I come from beautiful Marin County, California, and I miss it every day. I like long walks on the beach, concerts or music festivals, and $5 margherita pizzas at Life of Pie."
"Hi there! My name is Brooke Hintze. I am a marketing major here on the Bluff, with a minor in Spanish. I have officially traded in my Arizona roots for the beauty that is Portland and the PNW. Chances are I am running off of an unhealthy amount of coffee and a shameful supply of pizza. I would be humbled to help you along your writing journey!"
"Hi there! My name is Caroline Holyoak, and I’m double-majoring in English and Spanish. I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah, so I absolutely adore the outdoors, quirky coffee shops, and exploring the city with my friends. I'm in love with books, Dutch Bros, and horrible puns. Please feel free to meet with me no matter where you are in the writing process; I'd be happy to help out!"