The MCLA Writing Studio is a space where writers collaborate and create. All writers, from first-year students to faculty members, are welcome. Our trained writing associates will collaborate with writers at any stage of the writing process: from understanding assignments and brainstorming ideas to planning, revising and polishing final drafts. Join us for a conversation about a text you are writing and leave with more confidence in yourself as a writer!
We offer several different types of appointments to meet your writing and test-prep needs! Our tutoring software, WCOnline, allows you to sign up for synchronous, asynchronous, and face-to-face appointments with our trained Writing Associates. (Note: we'll resume face-to-face appointments in Spring 2021). Read the descriptions below and choose the appointment style that best fits your needs.
This is a live, face-to-face video session with a Writing Associate. WCOnline provides a virtual meeting space with text chat, audio and video chat, a shared, and a synchronous whiteboard that both participants can use at the same time. Here's a short video on our synchronous appointments.
This type of remote tutoring occurs without direct contact with the Writing Associate. You’ll upload your text and the essay prompt prior to your appointment time. Then, during your appointment time, the Writing Associate will use the Microsoft Word commenting function to ask clarifying questions, to point to grammatical patterns, and so forth. They will also draft an end comment summarizing their marginal comments to help you prioritize. If applicable, they might also include links to online resources that may be useful to you as you revise and self-edit. Here's a short video on our asynchronous appointments
There will also be limited face-to-face appointments available Monday through Thursday, from 12:00-1:00 pm, in our Writing Studio space, Murdock 120. Here's a short video on our face-to-face appointments.
The Writing Studio is happy to announce a new service for students taking the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (the MTEL)! We now have four MTEL Associates available to discuss tips and tricks for taking this important test: Emily Sienkiewicz, Katie Hayman, Chloe Mascitelli, and Lydia Jung.
There are many ways the Writing Studio can help you prepare for this high-stakes test:
Make an online appointment with an MTEL Associate by clicking "Schedule Appointment" below. Be sure you sign up for an appointment with Emily, Katie, Chloe, or Lydia, as not all of our Writing Associates are trained to work with MTEL prep. We also recommend making a Synchronous Video appointment, rather than an Asynchronous appointment, as test-taking support works better with real-time conversation. In-person appointment will also be available again starting in Spring 2021.
Hours of Operation
Sunday 5:00-9:00 pm
Monday 12:00-2:00 pm; 5:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00-2:00 pm; 5:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm-2:00 pm; 6:00-9:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm-2:00 pm; 5:00-9:00 pm
Murdock 120, or Online