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. You 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.
Specialized Help for Undergraduate ESL Writers
Click here for detailed information about tutoring, online resources. weekly workshops, Writing 75 (15), and the International Conversation Café.
International Conversation Cafe: Join us on Thursday afternoons in Meeting Room B of the Bryan Center from 12:30-1:30pm. Stop in and talk about world events, local culture, and more - all with people from around the world.
Duke Community Use Policy
The main mission of the Writing Studio is to support Duke undergraduate students. Through an arrangement with the Graduate School, international graduate students may also sign up ahead of time for appointments, although the number of available slots is limited. This arrangement includes Nicholas MEM students, but it does not include students from the other professional schools. We ask international graduate students and Nicholas School graduate students to limit themselves to a maximum of one appointment a week.
We are also happy to meet with Duke faculty, other graduate students, and staff on a space-available basis. These users of the Writing Studio must wait until the day of the desired appointment to sign up online. Due to the steadily increasing demand for our services, these users are able to schedule a total of five appointments. The emphasis of these five sessions will be to familiarize users with online resources and self-revision techniques.
Undergraduate Writing Tutors and Partners
The Writing Studio supports two peer-tutoring programs:
UW Tutors: Undergraduate students who have completed both Writing 101 (20) and EDUC 255S (155S), "Literacy, Writing, and Tutoring," work as undergraduate tutors starting in the semester following the EDU course. Each tutor is paired with one section of Writing 101 (20), works 32 hours per semester, and is paid $320. EDUC 255S (155S) is offered both fall and spring semesters. Interested students should contact .
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: Students recommended by their Writing 101 (20) instructors can apply to be Undergraduate Writing Partners. Once trained, these students are available for drop-in sessions on both East and West Campus.
Note: The Partners' last day of the spring semester will be Monday, April 22.
On East Campus, first-year students can visit the Undergraduate Writing Partners on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00pm in Carr 136.
On West Campus, any Duke undergraduate can visit the Undergraduate Writing Partners on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00-10:00pm in Perkins 112.