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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 PhD and some Master's students.

For a list of PhD and Master’s programs whose international students are eligible to use the Writing Studio, go to https://gradschool.duke.edu/academics/programs-degrees

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

Drop-In Sessions with the Partners on Sundays!

Looking for writing help on Sundays?  If you're an undergraduate, drop by Perkins 112 or the second floor of Lilly Library on Sundays from 4-10pm and meet with one of our Undergraduate Writing Partners! No appointment necessary!

Upcoming Workshops!

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

Oct. 1: Citing Sources and Incorporating Quotations
In academic writing, it’s essential to properly cite sources of information in your writing, practices that are also critical to meeting the Duke Community Standard. In this workshop, learn resources for different citation formats, as well as ways to incorporate quotations most effectively into your paper.

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

Oct. 1: Avoiding Plagiarism: Paraphrasing and Citation
In U.S. academic writing, it’s essential to cite the sources of information you use in your writing and thus not violate the Duke Community Standard. In this workshop, you will learn what kinds of information and ideas need to be cited, how to quote information directly from sources, and how to paraphrase by putting information into your own words.

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