The Saint Mary’s Writing Studio is back and better than ever.
This year, the peer tutors who run the Writing Studio have extended hours, including a new night shift at the library.
A service of the Student Success Center, the Writing Studio provides assistance through five student tutors who are involved in upper-division courses and experienced in high-level writing. The tutors, however, are not all English majors; several of them are studying science, business, or communications, giving them more versatility in working with students from all backgrounds.
In the past, the studio has offered morning and afternoon hours Monday through Friday in the basement of Hendrickson Center, as well as an evening session on Sunday nights; the same is true this academic year. In addition, senior tutor Wyatt Coghill will be now available for appointments Mondays through Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Library. This is the first time the studio has offered sessions in the library and on weeknights, a move the staff hopes will make the studio more reachable to students who may have been deterred by conflicting schedules.
“We’re revising and revamping to make sure that we’re meeting students’ needs,” said Dr. Peggy Johnson, director of writing services and head of the Writing Studio.
In expanding its marketing scheme, the Studio is hoping that students at Saint Mary’s will understand what it is —and what it is not.
“The Writing Studio is not a ‘fix-it’ shop where papers go to get cleaned up,” said Dr. Johnson. “The studio follows a collaborative model where the tutor and the student writer work together.”
In other words, the peer tutors address large-scale issues such as organizational structures and supporting evidence within writing assignments, rather than grammar, according to Dr. Johnson. Grammar questions can certainly be addressed too, but typically are not the focus of sessions, she said.
Dr. Johnson had advice for those students who may be reluctant to bring their work in: “Everyone needs a set of eyes on their writing that is objective. Even honors students come into the studio; everyone struggles at some point with their writing, and the studio is a place to help you navigate that.
“It’s not about any weakness,” Dr. Johnson added. “It’s about improving on your strengths.”
If you would like to make an appointment at the Writing Studio, visit Dr. Johnson in the Student Success Center in the basement of Saint Mary’s Hall near the IT HelpDesk or simply go online to goo.gl/rkUE6Z.