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Writing Center

"What is written without effort is, in general, read without pleasure." — Samuel Johnson

Note to Students

Due to COVID-19, the Writing Centers on the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campus will be closed until further notice. However, Writing Center faculty and staff are now offering online tutoring.

New to the Online Writing Center?

  • Go to santarosa.mywconline.com, then click on “First visit? Register for an account”

  • Follow the directions, using the email address you use most often. We recommend setting the email preferences to “Yes” so that you can receive confirmation of appointments and cancellations.

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Making an Appointment

  • Login to your account at santarosa.mywconline.com

  • Click on a white space to make an appointment on a day and time that will work for you. You can also select your appointment for the tutoring mode you prefer based on the mode offered by the staff: Online sessions (live video via Zoom) or eTutor sessions (paper drop-off)

  • Please fill out all the appointment information fields to help your tutor prepare for your session

  • The box at the top of the window will tell you how to access your tutoring appointment. If you select an Online session, you’ll find the Zoom link in this box.

  • You will receive email confirmation of your appointment if you set your email account preferences to “Yes” when you initially registered. To update your preferences, login to your account, hover over the “Welcome, Your Name” to see the drop down menu, and click on Update Profile and Email Options.

Canceling an Appointment

  • Login to your account at santarosa.mywconline.com

  • Click on your appointment.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up window and select “Cancel appointment”

  • Confirm the cancellation in the new pop-up window. You will receive email confirmation of the cancellation as well.

Helpful Hints

  • The top box in the appointment window provides directions for accessing your appointment. You can also read more about your tutor here.

  • When registering for an account, set the email notification boxes to “Yes” to get confirmations and reminders about appointments, and more.

  • For online sessions on Zoom, please be prepared to screen share or have your writing in a Google Doc that can be shared if your tutor requests.

  • Think about what is most important to you about your writing, and what questions you have that you’d like your tutor to help you with.



Welcome to the Writing Center! The Writing Center offers free, individual assistance for any writing assignment you have in any class.  English instructors and instructional assistants are available online for scheduled and drop-in conferences to help you with any writing-related work, including: brainstorming essay ideas, developing a thesis, essay organization and development, using correct documentation format, and how to edit for style, grammatical and mechanical polish, and rhetorical effect.

In keeping with COVID-19 mandates and good public health, as of Fall 2020, our services are offered completely online. The Writing Center now offers two modes for tutoring sessions:

  • Online Sessions: These are live, synchronous sessions conducted via Zoom. You do not need to have a Zoom account to access these sessions. Each tutor has a unique Zoom link that will allow you to join the tutoring session as a participant. You can learn more about using Zoom here: https://www.santarosa.edu/srjc-remote-resources
  • eTutoring Sessions: These are also called “paper drop-off” or asynchronous sessions. For these sessions, you simply upload your paper along with your assignment directions and any questions you have. During your appointment time, a staff member will read over your paper and write feedback for you, responding to the questions you have and offering some suggestions for revision. You will be notified as soon as the staff member has submitted their feedback.

To schedule an appointment in advance or to drop-in with an immediate question, please sign up at the Online Writing Center

The first time you visit the Online Writing Center, you’ll need to register for an account. Then you can login anytime to schedule an appointment. Get full directions and suggestions for accessing the Online Writing Center here: Getting started at mywconline.com 



Appointments are available in the Online Writing Center for Spring 2021: 

  • Mondays: 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 9:00am–6:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 9:00am–6:00pm
  • Thursdays: 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Fridays: 9:30am–11:30pm
  • Saturdays: 1:00pm–4:00pm

The schedule can be accessed anytime online at santarosa.mywconline.com

Questions about the Online Writing Center can be directed to Sheryl Cavales Doolan, the Writing Center Coordinator, at scavalesdoolan@santarosa.edu


  • Do you know what you need help with? When scheduling your appointment, include one or two questions that you have about your writing; focus on the things that are most important to you to get help with.
  • Upload your writing and the prompt/assignment at the bottom of the Create a New Appointment window 
  • Plan to come to a session at least one day (or more) before your assignment is due.
  • Sessions are 25 minutes in length. Staff will take the last five minutes of this time to complete a brief report of your session. 
  • If you would like verification of a session to be sent to your instructor, please let the staff know at the beginning of the session. Staff can send appointment verifications when completing the report form at the end of your session.


Download the new Handbook for Writing Tutors, filled with many valuable resources faculty, staff, and students!


​​Sheryl Cavales Doolan

Sheryl Cavales Doolan, Writing Center Coordinator

As a former SRJC student, Sheryl is now living the dream working as Writing Center Coordinator and full-time English instructor at SRJC. Sheryl is also an Executive Board member of the Northern California Writing Centers Association. With over 15 years of experience working in a variety of community college and university writing centers, Sheryl loves to watch students in the midst of discovery and development, to see the Writing Center staff grow as professionals, and to talk with instructors across the campus about developing writing assignments for their classes.

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I have been working as an Instructional Assistant Senior in our Writing Center for 23 years!  I enjoy providing individual consultations, getting to know you and your concerns regarding your essay. I hear and see you first, then your essay, so I prefer using Zoom synchronous online learning. If you are at the beginning stage of brainstorming, share your thoughts, your interests and hopefully in conversation, your ideas will become clearer.

Besides working in the Writing Center, I am the director of a non-profit organization saving sea turtles from poachers. When I can travel, I am enthralled watching the tiny hatchlings crawl out of their deep nests and ride a wave out to the ocean. Similar to the hatchlings journey, writing an essay is also challenging. You have to trust your instincts, your voice to move into the unknown.

My history includes Psychiatric RN, BA in English from Sonoma State University, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English from Dominican University.

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As a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a BA degree in Rhetoric, (Communications), I love to “use my words” in any form required to get the writing project done. I am an SRJC graduate with degrees in Digital Filmmaking, Digital Journalism and Film Studies. I have experience writing essays, fiction, contracts, speeches, songwriting, copywriting, and screenwriting. The ability to communicate effectively through writing and public speaking are two of the best skills students can develop to communicate who they are to their instructors, other students and the world outside of SRJC.


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