Writing Studio

Tutors in the Writing Studio support student writers in their effort to master academic writing. In collaborative one-to-one tutoring sessions, the tutor and student writer talk about writing strategies and determine the writer’s goals for revision.

During the 30-minute tutoring session, a rich conversation about writing takes place between the tutor and writer. Writing tutors listen, ask questions, reflect, and respond as they and the student writer navigate together the writing project at hand. In this way, tutors help student writers clarify their purpose and ideas for the writing project. The session is held in a supportive, affirming space where all writers’ abilities, worldviews, perspectives, and languages are valued.

While the tutoring session focuses on a specific assignment or writing task, tutors work with student writers at any stage of the writer’s process, including brainstorming, outlining and organizing ideas, discussing research, developing an argument, creating cohesive supporting paragraphs, revising ideas, editing sentences, and documenting sources.

College students will now be able to get email feedback from the professional Writing Consultants on the Twin Cities campus by submitting to the Online Queue. You can usually expect feedback within about 24 hours. If you have any questions on this, please email Michelle Herrin at mherrin@smumn.edu

Also, check out writing resources on our Resources page, and enjoy the Writing Studio blog.