The mission of the Writing Center is to improve the written, oral, and visual communication of WPI students. Our writing tutors provide workshops and individual peer tutoring in a range of communication projects, including course papers, dissertations, oral presentations, and Spanish language projects.
If you’re interested in getting tutored, visit the Writing Center’s scheduling system to view the online schedule and sign up for an appointment.
All services are free to undergraduate and graduate students.
The Writing Center is directed by Professor Ryan Madan and staffed by 20 peer tutors who have received extensive training in writing and the tutoring of writing.
Our trained writing tutors are available to help WPI students with their writing six days a week in one-hour appointments. Any WPI student or group, undergraduate or graduate, may make an appointment to get help with projects, course papers, oral presentations, document design, or personal writing.
The Writing Center offers 1-2 hour workshops on special topics related to writing, oral presentation, and visual communication throughout the year. Writing tutors may also develop new workshops for student groups or courses upon request. See a list of upcoming workshops and register.
WPI course instructors and Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) and Major Qualifying Project (MQP) teams may request a designated tutor to work with students on a regular basis throughout the term. Instructors and students may request designated tutoring by emailing Professor Madan.
If you enjoy writing and helping your fellow students, consider applying to become a writing tutor. This paid position will allow you to make your own hours, meet a range of interesting students, and continue to learn on the job. Scroll down for more details, and email Professor Madan with any questions.
Each year, the Writing Center recruits freshmen, sophomore, and junior level students from all majors to become paid writing tutors in our Center. In order to be eligible to tutor, you need to sign up for the training course offered in A-Term, Teaching Writing. This course is a great opportunity not only to get training for a rewarding position at the Center, but also to improve your own writing. If you do well in this course, you will be invited to join the next year's experienced tutoring staff in the Writing Center.
Teaching Writing (WR 3011) is a writing/rhetoric course offered every other A-Term by the Humanities & Arts Department and taught by Professor Madan. In this hands-on course, students develop effective strategies for planning, drafting, and revising their own writing and learn to respond to other students' communication projects. They also read about the theory and process of writing, observe experienced tutors in the Center, and undergo an apprenticeship working with students who come in for appointments at the Center.
If you have any questions about becoming a tutor, stop by to talk with our current tutors or email Professor Madan. We hope you will consider joining us!
Graduate students interested in professional development opportunities for teaching, becoming a Teaching Assistant, or tutoring writing in the technical disciplines should contact Professor Madan about training and employment opportunities.