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How to Arrange a Meeting with a Writing Mentor

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Appointments for 30-minute sessions are available Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. You may sign up for two sessions per week, with only one session on any single day. In order to register with our scheduling system, select “click here to register” and follow the instructions.

After registering with our scheduling system, you can reserve space on our appointment schedule for the current quarter. Click on any open white space in the calendar to select your appointment time. You may select a time slot as far in advance as you like, up to the end of the quarter. Enter the appropriate information in the pop-up window, then click "Save Appointment" and return to the calendar, where your desired appointment space should now be gold rather than white. To cancel your appointment at any time, click the gold square and select "Cancel This Appointment" in the resulting pop-up window. 

If you would like to sign up for a regular weekly appointment (meeting with the same writing mentor at the same time each week), you may do so simply by selecting the same slot on the scheduling calendar for every week throughout the quarter.

Background information on each writing mentor is available here on our website (on the “Our Staff” page), and is briefly indicated on the appointment schedule as well. Feel free to select a mentor whose background meets your needs.

Should it become necessary to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so as soon as possible.

Drop-In Assistance

If you would like a comfortable space to work on your writing, with peer mentors available to answer immediate questions and give targeted feedback on specific points, come to our Drop-In Zone in 125 Mandeville. The Zone is open Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Keep in mind that assistance in the Zone is limited to straightforward issues that can be dealt with quickly, and is not a substitute for a full session. There is no limit to the number of times that you can visit the Drop-In Zone.

Tardy and No-Show Policies

For scheduled appointments, please arrive promptly. If you are more than ten minutes late, you will lose your appointment slot and be classified as a no-show. Students who miss more than two appointments will not be allowed to make any further appointments for the rest of the quarter.


The Writing Center is now closed. We will reopen in Fall 2015.

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The Writing Center

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., # 0301
La Jolla, CA 92093-0301

Writing Center Office:
127 Mandeville

Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-4911

Writing Center Director:
Madeleine Picciotto

Office: 124 Mandeville
Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-1384


Appointments 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Drop-in Zone 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Appointments 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Appointments 5:00 pm-8:00 pm