Writing Center

The Writing Center provides writing assistance for students across the disciplines.  Our tutors are committed to help students throughout the various stages of the writing process, including understanding writing assignments, getting started on papers by brainstorming and outlining, and revising drafts.  The Writing Center is NOT an editing service. Therefore, students will come prepared to discuss their writing prompts and papers in a collaborative and welcoming atmosphere.

The Writing Center for Spring 2019 is located in Marano Campus Center 168.
Steven Smith, Writing Center Director, Marano Campus Center 175, 315.312.3762, steven.smith@oswego.edu

Choosing a Writing Tutor
Decide which writing tutor is best for your papers by clicking this link and reading their bios: Writing Center Tutor Bios  
View courses writing tutors have taken with writing assignments
as well as documentation/citation styles they are comfortable using

Finding Writing Tutors' Schedules
View the writing tutors' schedules by clicking this Writing Center Schedule.

Find Writing Tutors' Schedules for Finals Week
As we get closer to the end of the semester, view the finals week schedule by clicking this Finals Week Schedule.

Note: Please bring a hard copy of the writing assignment, a hard copy of any paperwork completed, and any other materials that will help the tutors during the sessions.  Please take a moment to click the following link to ensure a successful tutoring experience Writing Center Expectations, Preparation, and Policies

Write Ways Series Schedule
The Writing Center sponsors a series of writing-related workshops that are open to the campus community each semester.  There is no registration.  Workshops are most Friday afternoons in Penfield Library.  Click on the following link to view the Write Ways Series schedule: Write Ways Series

How to Become a Writing Tutor
Students who are interested in becoming a writing tutor will click on this link to apply online.

The following items are required to complete the application:

  1. An essay that clearly expresses why the applicant wants to become a writing tutor

  2. A minimum of two (2) faculty recommendations that verify the applicant’s ability to work as a writing tutor

  3. Two (2) sample papers that demonstrate the applicant’s writing strengths: one that does not use outside sources and one that does 


We offer online writing assistance through the STAR-NY Writing Consortium. Students who cannot make it to campus or utilize distance learning services are advised to try this option.

Writing resources