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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 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.

Need Writing Help on Sundays?

Visit the Undergraduate Writing Partners from 4-10pm in Perkins 112 or on the second floor of Lilly on Sundays.  No appointment necessary - just drop-in!

Halloween Haiku Contest

Every Halloween the Duke Writing Studio pays homage to the "smallest literary form" with our annual haiku contest! Submit up to three of your spookiest triplets via email to: by midnight on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31.

Upcoming Workshops!

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

Oct. 29: Seven Strategies for Organizing a Research Project
Whether you’re writing a research paper or an honors thesis, learn seven strategies to help make working on your project more manageable and effective. This workshop is especially for those writing papers based on library research, but others are also welcome.

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

Oct. 29: Success with Verbs in U.S. Academic Writing
Verbs play an important part in U.S. academic writing, as they can improve clarity, precision, and conciseness. This workshop will focus on strong verbs and the most common verb tenses in academic writing.

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 Fall 2014 Newsletter!

Duke Students Talk About the Writing Studio