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Writing Studio

At the Writing Studio, you can meet with trained writing tutors to discuss your writing concerns. By discussing your work-in-progress with a trained tutor, you will develop the awareness and skills to improve as a writer.

Tutors help at any stage of the writing process – from brainstorming and researching to drafting, revising, and polishing a final draft. Undergraduates may schedule a maximum of one appointment a day and two appointments a week, depending on availability.

Graduate student and postgraduate tutors from a variety of disciplines staff the Writing Studio. All tutors go through extensive and on-going training. For staff photos and biographies, click here.

Duke Community Use Policy

MASTER’S AND PHD INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (IGS): Through an arrangement with the Graduate School, international students in Graduate School Master's and PhD programs may sign up ahead of time for a limited number of appointments. This arrangement includes Nicholas MEM students, as well as some Master's and PhD students, but excludes students in other professional programs (Fuqua, Medicine, Law, Divinity, Nursing, Pratt, and Sanford).

For a list of PhD and Master’s programs for international students that are eligible to use the Writing Studio, go to https://gradschool.duke.edu/depts_progs/index.php

With a limited number of available slots (18 each week), we request IGS students schedule a maximum of one appointment a week. You may, however, schedule a second appt. for the week - but only the day of if slots are available.

OTHER: The main mission of the Writing Studio is to support Duke undergraduate students. We can also meet with Duke faculty, graduate students, and staff on a space-available basis. These users of the Writing Studio must wait, however, until the day of the desired appointment to sign up online. Due to the steadily increasing demand for our services, these community members are able to schedule a maximum of five appointments. The emphasis of these five sessions will be to familiarize users with online and help-for-hire resources, workshop opportunities, and self-revision techniques.

Specialized Help for Undergraduate ESL Writers

Click here for detailed information about tutoring, online resources, weekly workshops, and the International Conversation Café.

International Conversation Cafe: Starting September 4, join us on Thursday afternoons in the Bryan Center's Griffith Board Room (former Meeting Room B), 12:30 - 1:30pm.  Stop in and talk about world events, local culture, and more - all with people from around the world.

Undergraduate Writing Tutors and Partners

To schedule an appointment with the Undergraduate Writing Tutor (UWT) assigned to your Writing 101 (20) class, click here.

 If you are a UWT or UWT Faculty and want to view the administrative calendar, click here.

To learn more about the UWT experience, see this student-produced video, "Reflecting Back, Looking Forward: How To Gain the Most From Your Writing Center Experience."

UW Partners: On East Campus, first-year students can visit the Undergraduate Writing Partners for drop in sessions on Sundays from 4:00-10:00pm on the second floor of Lilly Library.  No appointments necessary!  Just drop in!

On West Campus, any Duke undergraduate can visit the Undergraduate Writing Partners on Sundays from 4:00-10:00pm in Perkins 112.

To learn more about the UWPs, click here.

Announcements

The Writing Studio is now open! Schedule an appointment today!

International Conversation Cafe starts Thursday, September 4!

Join us for the conversation in the Bryan Center's Griffith Board Room from 12:30-1:30pm.

Upcoming Workshops!

Undergraduate Writing Workshop Series:
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 PM
004 Gilbert-Addoms (Down Under)

Sept. 17: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Making the Transition to College Writing
You spent all that time in high school learning to write five-paragraph essays; why would you stop now? Learn the limitations of the five-paragraph essay and how to build on the skills you gained from that kind of writing to transcend the five-paragraph essay and be a stronger writer in college.

ESL Workshop Series:
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 PM
Perkins 118

Sept. 17: Online Resources for English Language Learners
If you are a non-native English speaker, this workshop is specifically designed for you. Come learn about online resources you can use to improve your writing in English. These resources will address grammar, word choice, and other issues.

New Writing Studio Handouts! 

Brainstorming Sessions

Introduction to Blogging

Microsoft Word as Editing Partner

Oral Presentations

Mission Statement

Research Questions

Policy Memo

New Multimedia Resources!

Duke Talks about Writer's Block

Brainstorming Maps for Writers

Check out our March/April Newsletter!

Duke Students Talk About the Writing Studio