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John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines

The Knight Institute coordinates the First-Year Writing Seminar Program, which serves the vast majority of first-year students at Cornell. It also has developed advanced-writing initiatives: it coordinates Writing in the Majors, and supports expository writing courses in the Department of Literatures in English. The Knight Institute is also home to the Writing Workshop, which offers tutorial-based writing classes and tutoring services for writers at all levels, disciplines, and stages of the writing process. In all, more than thirty-five academic departments and programs offer courses associated with the Knight Institute's programs.

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First-Year Writing Seminars

For first-year students, the Knight Institute offers First-Year Writing Seminars (FWS) in one of the country's largest and most diverse programs in writing in the disciplines.

Writing Center tutors


Graduate and undergraduate tutors offer one-on-one consultations for writers seeking feedback on all kinds of written work at any stage of the planning and drafting process.

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English Language Support Office

The English Language Support Office (ELSO) offers language, writing, and speaking support to multilingual and international graduate and professional students.

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