Attention: The Writing Center is now located at Library North 2411.

Welcome to the Writing Center

We tutor all students, from all disciplines, on all assignments

The Writing Center provides free tutoring in college writing for all students. Our excellent tutors are available Monday-Friday to assist you with any assignment from any class—essays, arguments, research papers, reports, analyses, editorials, proposals, abstracts, and lab reports, with critical reading, developing presentations, and citing sources.

Our friendly tutors are here to help every student from every college and school—native speakers and ESL, undergrads and grad students—to become a better writer. We guide and advise you as you work on your paper.

There are two ways to use our tutoring services:

1. Schedule your appointment online here 

2. Drop in during Writing Center hours  

What Tutors Do

Provide insight to college-level writing as we assist students with the following:

  • Understanding the assignment
  • Writing with audience and purpose in mind
  • Topic selection and narrowing
  • Focusing a thesis
  • Choosing credible source material
  • Integrating source material and using academic citation styles such as APA, MLA, Chicago
  • Understanding US conventions of Intellectual Property
  • Developing logical structure
  • Recognizing and resolving sentence-level problems
  • Crafting flow, transitions and style
  • Choosing appropriate words
  • Developing presentations

What Tutors Don't Do

  • Fix the paper
  • Proofread or copy edit
  • Comment on a paper without the author present

Custom Services

The Writing Center can also aid in the development of material customized for the particular writing instruction needs of any group, department, college, or school.




Library North 2411

Around the corner from the Harpur College Dean's Office


Monday-Thursday 10-4:00, Friday 10-3:15

Please note that tutoring is not available at times when classes are not in session.


Barrett Bowlin has been teaching for the Writing Initiative on and off since 2009, when he was a graduate student in the doctoral program. When he's not writing fiction and essays, he works with the program as a Lecturer and Pedagogy Group leader.

Last Updated: 8/30/15