At the Writing Center, professional writing consultants—teachers of college writing and writers themselves—work collaboratively with students to deepen their writing and English language skills. We offer free one-to-one support to undergraduate and graduate students. At every step in the process, we help students become more independent, confident, and versatile writers and users of English.
Our core service is a one-to-one, face-to-face, 50-minute session, where a professional writing consultant works with a student on a current writing project that provides the foundation for a longer-term focus on transferrable skills. We also offer shorter walk-in sessions, small-group workshops, writing groups, feedback by email, and recurring, focused support for students working on capstones, theses, or other long-term projects. By committing to the continued professional development of our consultants, and by collaborating with other Baruch faculty, the Writing Center also supports student writers by supporting their teachers.
The goals of each individual session are necessarily tailored to the individual student and his or her individual needs, both long-term and in the moment. More broadly, the goals of the Writing Center are to develop writing, analytical, research, and learning skills; foster productive writing habits and awareness of the writing process; and create a safe, supportive, responsive learning environment, with a focus on building student confidence and valuing linguistic diversity.
More granularly, we help students:
- understand assignments, feedback, and audiences
- respond critically to texts
- generate and organize ideas
- develop thesis statements
- evaluate sources
- structure sentences, paragraphs, and whole papers
- draft, revise, and edit your own work
No matter what students are working on—Great Works essays, executive summaries, business plans, lab reports, case analyses, resumes and cover letters, PowerPoint presentations, Master’s theses, or personal writing—we provide invested, attentive readers who will recognize strengths and teach specific strategies to improve their writing.