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John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
101 McGraw Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853 • 607-255-2280

WRITING WALK-IN SERVICE

Graduate and undergraduate tutors offer one-on-one consultations for writers seeking feedback on all kinds of written work. From formal essays to reading responses, from lab reports to personal statements, from presentations to grant applications, WWIS tutors support writers at all ability levels in their efforts to communicate more effectively in academic, civic, and professional contexts. Writers may visit once to discuss questions or short projects, or multiple times as they sharpen drafts and build more effective writing skills. Serving university faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, tutors are available at five campus locations. Contact Tracy Hamler Carrick at tracyhcarrick@cornell.edu or 255-1392 for more information or visit our scheduling site to make an appointment.

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WRITING MENTOR PROGRAM

Some students learn best with steadier systems of writing support, so each semester, undergraduate students can apply to work with writing mentors with whom they meet weekly for the duration of the semester. Topics of discussion may include organization, development, and style of essays; planning, brainstorming, and revising; strategies for reading; the influence of background on one’s approach to academic writing; coping with adversity, optimizing success, and becoming familiar with campus resources and social networks. Above all, writing mentors work with students to develop a spirit of inquiry and a sense of empowerment through academic writing. Preference is given to students enrolled in First-Year Writing Seminars or other courses with a substantial writing component. Contact Tracy Hamler Carrick at tracyhcarrick@cornell.edu or 255-1392 for more information.

MULTILINGUAL WRITING SUPPORT

Language Tutors are available by appointment to help non-native English writers. Students can arrange to meet with trained tutors to discuss writing problems and to develop strategies that will enable them, with independent practice, to improve their language and writing. During a meeting, Language Tutors may help non-native English writers get started with an essay by reading and discussing a writing assignment, evaluating research material, or brainstorming an outline. They can discuss ways to use language to form a coherent argument, communicate evidence, and cite source material. Language Tutors also help students consider how language and culture are important for audience expectations, paragraph development, stylistics, and sentence structure so that students can identify patterns of language and grammatical errors in order to develop effective strategies for their own revision and editing. Contact Jessica Sands at jls642@cornell.edu or 255-4234 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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MULTILINGUAL WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES

Non-native writers of English are invited to sign up for workshops to practice language and writing skills that will help them be more successful as students and as professionals in their fields. These interactive opportunities for language practice and feedback are crucial to the development of a second language. Contact Jessica Sands at jls642@cornell.edu or 255-4234 for more information or visit our scheduling site to sign up.

GRADUATE WRITING SERVICE

The GWS provides an almost daily system of support for graduate students at any stage of the drafting process. It is a free service available to all graduate students for nearly any kind of writing project, dissertation chapters, seminar papers, research proposals, conference presentations, professional articles, job letters, and teaching statements. Graduate writing consultants – experienced writers and teachers of writing from multiple disciplines – serve as responsive listeners and readers who can address questions about the writing process or particular pieces of writing. They can also consider questions of confidence and time management. Contact Tracy Hamler Carrick at tracyhcarrick@cornell.edu or 255-1392 for more information or visit our scheduling site to make an appointment.