COCC Writing Center

The Writing Center provides free Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Tutoring for all currently enrolled COCC students for the courses that they are currently taking at COCC.

Writing Center tutors can help with things like:

  • Understanding Your College Reading Assignments
  • Effective Study Techniques
  • Understanding Your Writing Assignments
  • Generating Ideas
  • Creating a Rough Draft
  • Revising and Editing
  • Formatting and Documentation

You do not need to make an appointment. Just drop by during our scheduled hours (see below). The Writing Center is located in the lower level of Barber library.

Please also note that we only tutor for assignments for COCC classes. This means we cannot help with program applications, scholarship essays, or any other project not assigned for a COCC class. If you want writing or editing help for applications or scholarships, OWL Purdue Online offers some great writing tips.

Contact the Writing Center Coordinator for more information: Jennifer Forbess,

The Writing Center Schedule

Winter 2020, Starting Monday, January 6

Bend Drop-In Hours (Lower Level of Barber Library)

Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday CLOSED

Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Redmond Drop-In Hours (RTEC 223)

Tuesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Thursday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Tutor Absent January 9th)


Madras and Prineville:

If you are taking classes in Madras or Prineville, and you need help with a writing assignment, you are welcome to see a face-to-face tutor in Redmond or Bend, or check out online tutoring! If you are a current COCC student, you can access online tutoring from any computer or device, not just COCC computers, and it's FREE! Contact Jennifer Forbess ( with any questions.


Policy Regarding Laptops

Because our tutors believe tutoring sessions go more smoothly with paper copies of written work, we politely ask that you bring a paper copy instead of having a tutor look at your essay on your laptop.

Some tutors might be willing to look at an essay on your computer, but the tutor on duty may request that you come back with a printed copy.

You will find wireless printing stations near the reference desk in Barber library!


Interested in becoming a Writing Tutor?

Our mission at the COCC Writing Center is to work in partnership with students as they practice academic reading and writing skills and become stronger and more confident readers, writers, and thinkers in school and in life. If this sounds like something you're interested in, please contact the Writing Center Coordinator, Jennifer Forbess ( Note: Writing tutors must have a bachelor's degree and experience writing or teaching writing in a professional capacity.