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Language and Writing Center

Welcome to the Language and Writing Center

Writing for graduate school can be a challenge.

Whether you are...

  • learning English as a second language or a native speaker
  • an experienced academic writer or someone who has not written a paper in 20 years
  • a masters or doctoral student
  • in need of help in any point of your research and writing process

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The Language & Writing Center is here to help!

Schedule Appointment

If you need help with a large project (capstone project, thesis, dissertation, or any written work that exceeds 20 pages) you are encouraged to request an editing/proofreading appointment at least two weeks in advance of your due date.

Tutors reserve the right to reschedule or cancel appointment requests for writing projects that would exceed 8 hours of work per week. This is to ensure that everyone has equal access to tutoring services and no one person is monopolizing time and resources. 

If you have any questions or concerns about how budgetary constraints are impacting student utilization of the Language and Writing Center, please see the Dean of Academic Affairs or the President of CTS to voice your concerns.

If you need to make an appointment but none of the available times work with your schedule, then contact the Writing Center Coordinator and we will try to work something out!

How the Writing Center can help

The Writing Center can help with all sorts of writing and research issues.  What we exactly do in your appointment depends on your needs! Appointments can involve:

  • Prewriting and outlining
  • Freewrite exercises
  • Ways to revise your writing
  • Introduction and conclusion assistance
  • Grammar and punctuation assistance
  • Support for non-native English writers
  • Review of draft paper
  • Constructive paper consultation
  • Research help
  • Formatting and citations
  • Presentation and debate preparation
  • More

If you upload a draft in your appointment submission, Peter will (time permitting) review the text before your appointment, leaving time for reviewing and discussing your writing. If a draft is not submitted ahead of time, then the appointment will include an active review of the text.

Meet the Writing Center Coordinator

Peter Thomas Ricci  (he/him)

Peter Thomas Ricci is the Writing Center coordinator. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago, and graduated with a B.S.J in magazine journalism (specialties in English and economics) from Ohio University.  He has been a journalist and editor for more than a decade, and was a graduate student instructor of writing and rhetoric at Columbia.