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.


  • 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).


  • The tutoring sessions will be scheduled Monday–Thursday, between 5pm–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.


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!

Watch the Academic Integrity Workshop here!

Meet Our Tutors

Thea Louise Thomaseth Bugge: 

Thea, (pronounced T-eh-ya) is currently getting her master’s in Public Administration. She has a year of experience tutoring students in the writing center of her undergraduate college (Salem State University) and has tutored both undergraduate and graduate students. She speaks both English and Norwegian fluently, and is most comfortable helping students with research papers, persuasive papers such as op-eds and policy briefs, analytic papers, and essays. The citation styles she is most comfortable with are MLA and APA. Finally, she is open to do both online and in person tutoring.

Daniel Silva:

Before coming to MIIS, Daniel (TESOL MA) earned a baccalaureate degree in English Education from Birmingham Young University-Idaho. While studying there, he read great literature and wrote dozens of essays. His professional experiences include working as an online writing tutor, as an ESL curriculum developer, and as an essay-writing instructor. He will be most helpful to you with the language, structure, and style of your writing. He’s trained in the following genres: academic articles; blog posts; case studies; literature review; and personal, persuasive, research, and analytical (close reading) papers. He is tutoring only online for the time being but hope to do both online and in person tutoring soon. I look forward to assisting you!

Kristen Tuttle:

Kristen is pursuing her MATESOL at MIIS, with a specialization in Language Program Administration. Before coming to MIIS, she studied Spanish and Educational Studies at Macalester College, and served in AmeriCorps with the educational non-profit College Possible. She would be happy to help you with literature reviews, research papers, academic articles, argumentative essays, personal narratives, or any other writing needs, and is familiar with both MLA and APA citation styles. Because of her background in TESOL, she can also offer targeted support for students who speak English as a second or additional language. She is available for both online and in-person tutoring.


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!


Please email us if you have any questions.