Center For Academic Assistance

About the Writing Center

Consultants at the Writing Center work with students individually in a conference to help them address their various composition problems, such as formulating thesis statements and claims, organizing ideas, developing unified paragraphs, using topic sentences to advantage, learning to recognize and correct problems in grammar and mechanics, documenting to avoid plagiarism, and learning how to improve their prose style.

Students must bring a copy of the assignment instructions, along with a printed copy of their draft.

If the students are uncertain how to begin the paper, the consultant can often help them generate ideas and a strategy for developing the paper. In addition to college compositions, consultants can also help students with college scholarship essays and letters of application.

Collin College McKinney Campus Writing Center consultants will assist students in learning how to:
  • Understand the assignment and professor’s expectations.
  • Brainstorm, plan, and/or organize ideas for a writing assignment.
  • Construct a thesis statement, topic sentence, or determine the focus of the paper.
  • Develop and connect supporting ideas to the main idea or thesis statement.
  • Apply proper citation methods for MLA, APA, or Chicago.
  • Take ownership of the paper and the ideas contained in the paper.
  • Develop the ability to revise independently.

Writing Center consultants will not write papers for students, proofread or edit papers, judge papers according to grade, or guarantee a quick “fix” for students' writing problems.

CPC Writing Center is now scheduling appointments through the online appointment system Students must follow the link below using their Collin College email address.

Students can now make Virtual (Online) appointments and still meet face-to-face with a tutor at the Writing Center in A104.



Workshops are free and require no advanced registration. Simply come to LA115 at the designated time and sign in. All Collin College students and community members are welcome. Since some instructors give added credit for attending workshops, we provide instructors the names of their students who were present.

Click the link below for a full list of workshops



How do I meet with a writing center consultant?
Writing Center appointments are required to meet with a consultant. To make an appointment, please visit to meet face-to-face or online. S
tudents can still come to the Writing Center, in A104, or phone: 972-548-6857 to be assisted with schedule set up.

Do I have to set up an account online?
All students must set up an account online through . Please remember that each campus is different, therefore you must sign up for each writing center you visit through their scheduling website. The links to the other campuses can be found here.

Who will I meet with at the Writing Center?
The Writing Center offers free one-on-one tutoring with degreed professionals in all areas of writing. 

Where is the Writing Center located?
The writing center is located in
A-106, inside the Anthony Peterson- Center for Academic Assistance (A104). Click here for a map of the McKinney campus.

How many times can I meet with a Writing Center consultant?
Students are allowed one conference per day, two per week. Walk-ins taken depending on avail

What if I miss my appointment?
Students who miss an appointment without canceling in advance will be denied a conference for the four following school days. You may cancel an appointment online, over the phone, or coming by the Writing Center.

How will my instructor know I came to the writing center?
Since some instructors give grade or lab points for Writing Center conferences, they will receive notification via email of each of their student's visits and the nature of help given.

Writing Center Handouts & Links

American Psychological Association - Learning APA Style  (link) (link)
Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (link)

2018 Chicago Sample Paper (handout)
MLA Works Cited Documentation  (handout)
Revised Sample Paper (handout) (link)

These and additional handouts are also available in the Writing Center.

Contact Us
McKinney Writing Center
Phone: (972) 548-6857

McKinney Campus
2200 W. University Drive
McKinney, Texas  75070

Holly Stone, Manager
Phone: 972-548-6857