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Writing Center

The Writing Center offers tutoring for all students who are working on any writing assignment in any course. Faculty tutors work with students one-on-one on all phases of the writing process.

Tutors help students generate ideas, develop and support thesis statements, organize material, integrate and document sources, and refine sentences. In addition, grammar specialists are available to address grammar and style issues at the sentence level.

Available Services

  • The Writing Center helps with writing assignments at any stage of the writing process, in any credit course.
  • The Grammar Center helps with grammar issues in writing for any credit course.
  • The Language and Communication Center helps with courses in Speech or Language Studies.


Fall and Spring Semesters  Summer Semesters
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed  

Please note that these times only reflect the hours that you will be able to make an appointment. To see if a tutor will be available at a specific time, please review our tutor's schedules or contact the Tutoring Center directly at (301) 546-0748. In the event that no one is available to schedule an appointment, please make sure to leave your name, a day and evening phone number, and the best time to reach you. We will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Making Appointments

  • You may call (301) 546-0748, or make one in person at the scheduling desk located next to the Writing Center.
  • Appointments may be made up to two weeks in advance.
  • You are allowed a maximum of two half-hour (30 minutes) appointments per week.

How Can I have a Productive Writing Center Session?

Be On Time

  • Tutoring sessions are scheduled by appointment for thirty minutes on the hour and half-hour 
  • If you arrive more than ten minutes late, you will forfeit your appointment
  • For more details, refer to the Attendance/Cancelation Policy on this page

State Your Needs Clearly

  • Identify what you would like to accomplish in your tutoring session
  • For example, do you need help:
    • clarifying the assignment?
    • developing a thesis?
    • organizing your ideas?
    • investigating your topic?
    • documenting sources?
  • Plan ahead so you know what your goals are for the session

Have Your Materials Ready

  • Be prepared to show the tutor a written description of your assignment.
  • If your instructor has not provided one, please request one prior to arriving.
  • Bring whatever written work you have completed, corrected to the best of your ability.
  • In addition, bring your textbook, handouts, and any other materials you may need during the tutoring session.

Allow Enough Time for Revision

  • Good writing requires rewriting.
  • Be sure to schedule your appointment well ahead of the due date so you have time to rework your paper.
  • You may want to allow enough time for a follow-up session to go over the changes you make.

Be Open to Suggestions

  • Your tutor knows that the writing process can be frustrating, and wants to be helpful.
  • Listen with an open mind.


  • Who are the Writing Center tutors?
    • Tutors at the Writing Center are faculty with many years of experience dealing with writing.
  • Do you take walk-ins?
    • When we have openings, we take walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Do you tutor classes other than English?
    • Yes, we will help with any writing assignment for any credit class.
  •  Can you help with a scholarship application essay?
    • Yes.
  • Will you proofread my paper?
    • We are not an editing/proofreading service. We will work with you to identify problems so you can improve your writing.

Attendance / Cancellation Policy

  • All appointments must be made by the person who will be receiving the tutoring. Parents may not make appointments for their children.
  • Any appointment cancellation must be made at least 24 hours before the appointment or you will be considered a no-show. (Call 301-546-0748 to cancel or leave a message)
  • Appointments made on the same day are expected to be kept; otherwise, you will be considered a no-show.
  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, your appointment will be available for walk-ins. If your time is given away, you will be considered a no-show. If your time is still available, a late arrival form will be put in your file. 
  • On the third no-show, you will be blocked from making an appointment for up to one month and any scheduled appointments will be cancelled.
  • If your missed appointment was due to a specific circumstance, you may schedule a meeting with the Writing Center Coordinator.

Do You Offer Online Tutoring?

Yes, we offer tutoring via email: 


  • Send your question or paper to, using your PGCC email account.
  • Please do not send attachments; cut and paste your message into the email.

Location: Lanham Hall, Room 114
Scheduling Desk: (301) 546-0748
Marcia Dawson
Writing Center Coordinator
(301) 546-059

What We Do

  • Help you improve your writing process
  • Act as readers
  • Stimulate ideas
  • Help you present your information
  • Teach you to become a better writer
  • Care about your writing

What We Don't Do

  • Write your paper
  • Proofread your paper
  • Dictate your session
  • Research your paper
  • Predict grades

Helpful Resources

Tutoring and Writing Center Staff

Lisa Maranto -

Tutoring Center Coordinator/
Associate Professor
Telephone: (301) 546-0082
Office: Lanham Hall 114I

Marcia Dawson -

Writing Center Coordinator
Telephone: (301) 546-0096
Office: Lanham Hall 114I

Diane Corbin - 

Administrative Specialist
Telephone: (301) 546-0589
Office: Lanham Hall 114H

DeJuan Jones -

Scheduling Technician
Telephone: (301) 546-0711
Office: Lanham Hall 114H

Judi Singleton - 

Scheduling Technician
Telephone: (301) 546-0748
Office: Lanham Hall 114H