Writing Center

The Writing Center provides a welcoming atmosphere for students across the disciplines seeking writing assistance. Our tutors are committed to help students throughout the various stages of the writing process. Tutors will discuss the writing assignment to determine the paper's intention and direction, and to promote collaborative thinking. We are NOT an editing service.  The Writing Center is located on the 3rd floor of Penfield Library, Rooms 302, 303, 305, and 306. Writing tutoring is also available in Johnson Hall and Hart Hall.

How long should my appointment be?

½ Hour Appointment

 1 Hour Appointment
(register for two half-hour appointments)

  • Understanding the assignment

  • Getting started on a paper

  • Brainstorming/thesis/outline

  • Short papers (three pages or less)

  • Larger papers requiring multiple outside resources

  • Critical response and/or analysis

  • Article reviews

Note:  Please bring with you a hard copy of the writing assignment, a hard copy of any work you've completed, and any other materials that will help the tutor assist you.  It is important to plan ahead and consider making regular appointments for all your writing assignments.  

Writing Center Hours

Please book an appointment by logging into TutorTrac using your LakerNet ID and password and following the instructions.  Walk-ins are also available.

Tutoring has ended for Spring of 2014 and there will be no tutoring for the summer.  Walk-in tutoring will begin again on Wednesday, August 27th, and appointment tutoring will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd. OLS will begin posting the walk-in schedules on Monday, August 25th. If you are interested in applying for a position as a tutor, please apply at this link.


Attend our Write Ways Series in Penfield Library every Friday during the semester.


We also offer online writing assistance through the STAR-NY Writing Consortium. Students who cannot make it to campus or utilizing Distance Learning services are advised to try this option.

Writing Resources: