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 TutorTrac. Scheduling an appointment in advance assures students an hour-long block of one-on-one time with a peer tutor.

  • 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 here 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 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 a specific student to provide individualized guidance and support throughout the semester or the entire academic year. Whereas a Writing Tutor works with students on particular writing assignments, a Writing Partner develops an ongoing working relationship with a particular student across multiple writing assignments with an aim to improve not only the writing product but also the writing practice. The schedule of the Writing Partners Program operates independently of the regular Writing Workshop schedule; Writing Partners and their students decide when and where to meet.

    To request a Writing Partner, send an email to Julia Munemo, Interim Director, at [email protected]. (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 has two physical locations, one in the main lobby of Sawyer Library (in the small study rooms on either side of the entrance doors) and one in a study room in Schow Library (room 010). We also offer online tutoring, which takes place over Google Meet.

  • The Writing Workshop is typically open from 10am to midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 10am to 6pm Fridays and Saturdays, in the Sawyer Library location. Our hours in Schow are 8pm-11pm Sunday-Thursday. Check TutorTrac for the most up-to-date schedules and to see tutor availability.

  • For more information about the Writing Workshop, please contact Interim Director of Writing Center, Julia Munemo.

  • The application cycle for new Tutors and Partners opens up each spring. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to apply. Email Julia Munemo, Interim Director at [email protected] for more information.