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Our Mission

The Writing & Speaking Studio offers students one-to-one and group feedback on their writing and presentations. Writing Consultants work collaboratively with students during the writing process to help:

  • develop, focus, and execute ideas for specific audiences,
  • understand expectations and communicate for different purposes,
  • discover and build upon strategies for effective communication in local, global, and digital contexts.

In addition, the Writing & Speaking Studio collaborates with faculty to provide students with quality writing and speaking experiences across the curriculum. The Writing & Speaking Studio directors offer faculty support in developing assignments, facilitating workshops, responding to writing, cross-cultural communication, writing for the web, and their own manuscript preparation.

Strategic Vision

Our strategic plan for expanding the Writing & Speaking Studio was approved by the President in 2016 and, as a result, we are now offering services in speaking and presentation. The Writing and Speaking Studio has four key goals:

  1. Integrate Technology and 21st-Century Communication into Services
  2. Provide Speaking Tutoring Services
  3. Formalize Writing/Communication Across the Curriculum Program
  4. Support Graduate Student and Faculty Research Writing and Manuscript Production 

Within each of these goals, a number of initiatives are underway, such as faculty development workshops and resources and a focus on multimodality in staff education. As we work toward these goals, we are poised to provide students, faculty, and staff with comprehensive, creative, and innovative communication support in writing, speaking, and presentation design.

Writing & Speaking Studio Code of Ethics 

At the Writing & Speaking Studio, we believe that an effective, ethical one-to-one teaching and learning environment must operate with the following principles:

  • Tutoring sessions should be safe learning opportunities that allow for risk-taking and intellectual growth outside of the classroom.

  • Writing & Speaking Studio consultants collaborate with students to enhance the learning process and contribute to students' developing communication skills and abilities.

  • Tutoring sessions are completely confidential. Student records will not be shared with anyone without the express consent of the student.

  • Writing & Speaking Studio Consultants do not sign student papers or assignment sheets to confirm a visit nor do they guarantee grades.

  • Writing & Speaking Studio Consultants encourage students to communicate with faculty, to ask questions, and to develop student skills such as active listening, note-taking, and class participation.

  • The Writing & Speaking Studio seeks to build teaching and learning partnerships with faculty that focus on enhancing student learning over time.

  • Faculty should engage student writers and speakers by encouraging, not requiring, them to consider incorporating the Writing & Speaking Studio into their writing and speaking processes.

  • Faculty should have reasonable expectations about errors in students' written and spoken work, taking into account that language and literacy learning takes time and practice.

  • All work at the Writing & Speaking Studio is in progress. Students are ultimately responsible for making decisions about the next step in that process.

Please contact the Director of the Writing & Speaking Studio with questions, comments, concerns, or to see how the Writing & Speaking Studio can work with you.