Graduate Virtual Writing Center

This site provides information on requesting a writing tutor and accessing drop-in tutoring to assess and improve your academic writing.

What We Do

  • Initial writing assessment with free ongoing tutoring for up to four hours per semester
  • Free drop-in tutoring for specific assignments 
  • Free half-semester writing course - GRW601:  The Writing Studio

Writing assistance may include any or all of the following components: planning, organizing and using evidence in academic writing and thinking; making supported arguments; reading for content by workshopping writing; and proofreading, editing, revision, and reviewing writing for clarity and effectiveness.

Initial assessment and ongoing tutoring

Appointments begin with an advising session of up to one hour which allows the student and the assessment coordinator, Elyse Mark, to make a plan for meeting the student’s needs. Students will need to submit a writing sample in order to be eligible for the program. Once the student has been accepted into the process, a tutor will respond within 48 hours; however, responses to student work may take up to one week. We strongly recommend not waiting until close to course/assignment deadlines to request support.

Drop-In Tutoring

Drop-in tutoring is available for guidance on a specific assignment. Papers must be submitted no later than 48 hours before the due date. Drop-in hours are Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. ET and Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. ET.

Writing Course

This course is designed as a studio to enhance writing and find your academic voice, and helps students assess and improve critical reading and writing skills, especially those necessary for academic writing and thinking. With the instructor acting as coach, students workshop their writing, either a paper for another course, or a new piece. Topics include thinking about writing (metacognition); reading for content; planning, organizing and using evidence in academic writing and thinking; making a supported argument; and editing for clarity and effectiveness. Students who have taken this course show a marked increase in their confidence and integrity as academic writers.  

  • Enroll in GRW601: The Writing Studio