The Graduate Writing Center will offer both in-person and virtual one-on-one tutoring sessions during the 2021-2022 academic year!

Our Mission

The Graduate Writing Center seeks to empower graduate students at MIIS by providing them with useful, immediate takeaways from our tutoring sessions while supporting them with tools and suggestions to independently improve their own academic and professional skills. We assist writers of all disciplines and of all language backgrounds to strengthen their academic skills. We support student writers in recognizing their own strengths and challenges throughout the writing process in order to promote reflection and professional development.

 

Appointments 

  • The GWC only runs on appointments and does not accept any drop-ins. Book an appointment here using your MIIS/Middlebury e-mail address for your one-on-one session.
  • You are limited to one appointment per week. In cases of when there’s more than one appointment within the same week, your earliest appointment will be kept and the other(s) will be canceled.  
  • Please e-mail your product to your tutor at least 24 hours before your appointment. The GWC’s accomplished tutors read your products ahead of time, so long as they are sent 24 hours in advance. Don’t worry if a draft is not “perfect” or “finished.” Send it along anyway; that’s what we are here for!
  • Once an appointment is made through the system, you will receive a confirmation email about your appointment. Our tutors will also get in touch with you to request your paper and make the necessary arrangements if your appointment will be held on Zoom.  
  • If you think you won’t be able to make it to your appointment, please make sure you cancel it within no less than 24-hours’ notice to avoid a late cancellation/no-show penalty. You can cancel your appointment by following the instructions on the appointment confirmation e-mail. Three no-shows to non-canceled appointments will result in prohibition from making any further appointments at the GWC for the rest of the semester. Exceptions may be made to this policy when there is an excuse (e.g., sickness).

Tutoring Sessions

  • During a tutoring session, you will have 50 minutes with your tutor to discuss your product. Our tutors will ask you questions about your writing goals and concerns and guide you through the process.
  • You can ask for help from our tutors on a variety of scholarly and professional genres. These might range from your academic course work (e.g., research papers, analytical essays, policy memos) to more professional products such as conference submissions, op-eds, grant proposals, journal articles, presentations, blog posts, etc.
  • Your session focuses on you and your needs. Remember that the writing tutors are committed to helping you become a better writer, but they are not going to “fix” your paper. Tutors help you brainstorm ideas, compose outlines, structure your paper, and adhere to stylistic conventions of their field (e.g., MLA, APA, or Chicago).

Hours

  • The tutoring sessions will be scheduled Monday–Thursday, between 4pm–8pm, depending on our tutors’ availability.
  • We are open fall and spring semesters. Tutoring sessions are not available over the summer or during holidays/breaks.

Workshops

The GWC will offer workshops throughout the semester. Please follow us here for updates and how to sign up!

Previous Workshops

Watch the Zotero workshop here

Watch the Academic Presentations Workshop here

Feedback

How was your tutoring session? It’s important for us to hear your feedback so that we can improve our services. Please let us know by completing the student feedback form!

We’re hiring!

The GWC is looking to hire new writing tutors to support fellow students in developing their academic and professional skills.

Responsibilities – As a tutor, you will…

  • Read student writing 24 hours in advance of tutoring sessions and prepare constructive feedback related to content, language, structure, and style
  • Deliver constructive feedback during virtual tutoring sessions
  • Design and deliver workshops to support graduate students’ diverse scholarly and professional needs
  • Participate in Writing Center workshops or events as necessary

Requirements – As a tutor, you must have…

  • Advanced proficiency in English
  • Experience in teaching writing or tutoring writing-related subjects
  • Knowledge of academic and professional genres, as well as stylistic conventions
  • Availability to tutor students 2-4 hours per week

All MIIS students are welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to students with Federal Work Study. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please send your 3-page resume/CV and a recent writing sample to writingcenter@miis.edu. The deadline for applications is August 30, 2021.

Contact

Please email us if you have any questions.