Writing Programs

Writing Workshop

Note that the Writing Workshop closes for the semester on the final day of classes, May 16.

The Writing Workshop is a student-staffed program designed to provide assistance at any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming to final drafts. We are sophomores, juniors, and seniors, selected and trained to work with you in an informal, non-judgmental setting. We can help you solidify an idea, develop a thesis, organize a paper, or tighten and unify an argument. We can also help with sentence structure, style, and grammar. You can bring us any type of writing from any field — essays, lab reports, seminar papers — and anything in between.

We offer both Drop-In Sessions and Hour-Long Appointments at our three locations.

Drop-In Sessions are offered at Paresky 207  are generally available from 8pm to midnight Sunday through Thursday (no appointment required). Drop-In works best for students who have more specific, less complex questions about writing or for those who need “spontaneous support” while in the midst of writing. On-duty tutors at Paresky work with students on a first-come-first-served basis only, so assistance is not guaranteed, especially at busier times of the semester.

Hour-Along Appointments are offered at our sites in Sawyer and Schow and must be scheduled in advance using our online scheduler. Making an advanced appointment assures students an hour-long block of time with a tutor of their choosing. This option is best for students who want plenty of time to do more in depth work on a paper assignment or who want more substantial feedback from a writing tutor.


For students who feel they need more directed support in order to develop their writing skills, we also offer the Writing Partner Program; a Writing Partner is a peer tutor who is paired with a student to provide specialized support for writing assignments across the entire span of the semester. Limited numbers of Writing Partners are available, so students are encouraged to make their requests as early in the semester as possible. To learn more, click on the link to the left.