Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most commonly asked questions are available here. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us.

  • 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. Tutors 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.

    Scheduled appointments in the Workshop are one-on-one and usually last for an hour. We are also available for drop-in assistance.

  • Yes. This option works best for those looking for "spontaneous support" or those seeking limited feedback. On-duty tutors work with students who drop in only if they are available (i.e., if tutors are not working with students who've scheduled sessions in advance)

  • Yes. Priority time in the Workshop is given to students who have scheduled an appointment in advance using our online scheduler. Scheduling an appointment in advance assures students an hour-long block of one-on-one time with a tutor of their choosing.

  • Yes. You can make an appointment here and choose from the tutors available during your preferred time slot. All of our tutors are trained to work with writing across academic disciplines, but each tutor's areas of specialization are listed in case you'd like to converse with someone who is familiar with the conventions of your field. This option is generally most useful for thesis students or other upperclassmen doing advanced coursework.

  • The Writing Partners Program offers extended one-to-one tutoring for students who are less experienced writers, who are concerned about meeting writing demands in multiple courses, or who simply want to improve their overall writing process. Writing Partners are tutors who are matched with specific students to provide individualized guidance and support throughout the semester or the entire academic year. Whereas a Writing Workshop Tutor works with students on particular writing assignments, a Writing Partner develops an ongoing working relationship with particular students across multiple writing assignments with an aim to improving not only writing product but also writing practice. The schedule of the Writing Partners Program operates independently of the regular Writing Workshop schedule; Writing Partners and their students together decide when and where to meet.

    To request a Writing Partner, send an email to wwcoordinator​@williams​.edu. (Please note that limited numbers of Writing Partners are available, so be advised to make your request as early in the semester as possible.)

  • The Writing Workshop is located in the main lobby of Sawyer Library, in the small study rooms on either side of the entrance doors.

  • The Writing Workshop is open as follows:

    Sun: 10 am - midnight
    Mon: 10 am - midnight
    Tues: 10 am - midnight
    Wed: 10 am - midnight
    Thurs 10 am - midnight
    Fri 10 am - 6 pm
    Sat: 10 am - 6 pm

  • For more information about the Writing Workshop, please contact our student coordinators at wwcoordinators@williams.edu or Director of Writing Programs Stephanie Dunson, Ph. D. at Stephanie.Dunson@williams.edu.

  • The application cycle for new Tutors and Partners opens up each spring. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to apply. You can access the written application and get an overview of the selection process here.