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What We Do

Formerly the Writing Walk-In Services, the Knight Institute Writing Centers offer the support of trained graduate and undergraduate tutors five days a week, Sunday through Thursday, to discuss specific pieces of writing or questions about writing.  At the Writing Centers (WC), writers will be greeted by engaged and engaging peers who listen patiently, read thoughtfully, and offer considerate, supportive, and challenging feedback. 

Cornell undergraduate students can visit any one of our five campus locations from time to time or on a regular basis when they want one-on-one support to refine and develop strategies for drafting effective academic essays. Writers of all levels of experience and ability can benefit from such individualized attention.

During a WC session, writing tutors may help writers to:

  • get started with writing projects by reading and discussing a writing assignment, evaluating research material, brainstorming an outline.
  • explore ways to shape coherent arguments, make strong use of evidence, work with appropriate citation conventions.

  • consider questions about depth of analysis, organization, thesis statements, audience expectations, paragraph development, style, sentence structure.

  • identify patterns of errors in grammar or usage in order to develop effective strategies for line-editing.

Although writing tutors are happy to address large issues of focus and organization, they can only work with small portions of text (no more than 5 pages) during a typical 30-minute session.


Fall 2017 Schedule

First day of operations: Tuesday, September 5th 
Last day of operations: Thursday, November 30th

Closed during Fall Break: Friday Oct. 7th through Tuesday Oct. 10th
Tutoring Resumes: Wednesday Oct. 11th

Closed during Thanksgiving Break: Tuesday Nov. 21st through Sunday Nov. 26th
Tutoring Resumes: Monday, Nov. 27th

Extended Exam Period Hours, only held 3:30-5:30 in Rockefeller 178: 

  • Friday, Dec. 1
  • Monday, Dec. 4
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • Thursday, Dec. 7
  • Friday, Dec. 8
  • Monday, Dec. 11
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13


Fall & Spring Locations

Drop in at any one of our 5 locations, or Schedule An Appointment online.

  • Mann Library, Consultation Area
    Monday - Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 pm         
  • Rockefeller Hall, Room 178
    Monday - Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 pm         
  • Carol Tatkon Center, Room 3343 
    Sunday - Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 pm
  • Olin Library, Room 403 
    Sunday - Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 pm
  • Uris Library, Room 108 
    Sunday - Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 pm




How to Make an Appointment

Anyone can stop by any of the above locations during regular WC hours without an appointment. We love walk-ins! However, if you'd prefer to make an appointment, here's how you do it: 

  1. Go to:
  2. Click on "Register for an Account" and follow the prompts to create a login and password.
  3. Under "Choose a Schedule," select WRITING TUTORIALS for a regular appointment or PERSONAL STATEMENTS & APPLICATION MATERIALS or MULTILINGUAL WRITING TUTORIALS for a more specialized tutoring appointment. 
  4. Login using your new login and password, with the appropriate schedule selected.
  5. Locate a location and day/time on the schedule that you wish to attend. The WHITE blocks represent available appointments, whereas the BLUE blocks in the schedule have already been taken. 
  6. Click on a WHITE block and then fill out some basic information about what you're working on in order to confirm your appointment. 

We look forward to working with you! 


Feedback & Questions

Have you visited the Knight Institute Writing Centers recently? Would you like to offer us your feedback? Click here: WC Feedback

  • For answers to questions about the WC or if you need special assistance, contact Kate Navickas, WC Director.
  • Download our Editing Policy HERE