For Faculty

Dear Faculty,

Here you will find an informative guide explaining how the Writer’s Studio can help your students—and you!

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How We Can Help You

  • Working with you to incorporate writing into your courses in ways that don’t increase your grading burden yet that your students learn.
  • Assisting you in finding resources for teaching writing or for writing in your discipline.
  • Preparing and delivering in-class presentations and workshops on all aspects of the writing process, from planning and time management to revision and citation.
  • Offering feedback on the design of your individual writing assignments or sequences of assignments.
  • Providing tutorials or workshops that address issues that are unique to your courses, students, or field of study.
  • Hosting Writing Resource handouts on our website, created and edited by our PWCs, that offer insight on issues related to writing. Access our Writing Resources here. Please feel free to suggest topics for additional handouts. Send suggestions to our coordinator at boczkowski.1@osu.edu.

Meet the PWCs!

Peer writing consultants, (PWCs) are trained to tutor writing through English 3467S: Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing. Those who succeed in the class and in the concurrent practicum become PWCs. They are students from across the curriculum, majoring not only in English but in Art, Business, Education, History, Psychology, and Social Work. They have succeeded in their composition classes and offer experience in university level composition. Many of them tutor until they graduate, and many go into graduate programs after completing their baccalaureate work.

Daily operations of the Writer’s Studio are handled by Coordinator, Dr. Derek Boczkowski. He makes policy and practice decisions; oversees the keeping of records; works with faculty across the disciplines; budgets the Studio’s time, money, and other resources; and mentors the Studio’s PWCs. He is funded through the English Department yet serves all academic units of OSU Newark. Dr. Boczkowski can answer any questions you have regarding the Writer’s studio and tutorials. Feel free to contact him at 740-366-9542 or boczkowski.1@osu.edu.

STANDING CALL FOR PWCs: If you have students who you think would be good peer writing consultants, please refer them to coordinator Dr. Derek Boczkowski, our trusty captain on the violent seas of unclear prose. We love new faces and strive to include writers with diverse majors and backgrounds.


What We Do—And Don’t Do

What we DO with students:

PWCs work with students for about 30 minutes in individualized sessions on topics like:

  • Understanding assignment prompts
  • Generating ideas
  • Recognizing strengths and weaknesses in their writing
  • Familiarizing students with the expectations and requirements of academic writing

What we DON’T DO with students:

  • We don’t write papers for students
  • We don’t “fix” papers by editing or proofreading them.
  • We don’t tell students what grade they should expect on their papers.
  • We don’t pretend to know everything (we are peers. . .)

What You Can Do

  • Bring your classes to the Writer’s Studio. Class visits are a great opportunity to introduce your students to the Writer’s Studio location, personnel, and services. Please contact Dr. Boczkowski ahead of time for an appointment. Some professors require their students to bring assignments to the Writer’s Studio or offer them extra credit for doing so. Should you choose one of these options, please contact the Studio beforehand so that we’ll be better prepared to work with your students.
  • Bring the Writer’s Studio to your classes. In or out of the Writer’s Studio, we offer class presentations and workshops, which we can tailor to specific classes and assignments. Request a talk, a workshop, or a roundtable discussion on timeless topics of concern (thesis, coherent paragraphs, etc.). Or we can build a session based on your specific situation. If interested in requesting our help, please email Dr. Boczkowski.
  • Allow Time and Space for a Writing Process. Make clear to your students that effective writing matters to you by encouraging them to seek feedback at all stages of writing – that’s where we come in. You could even invite them to consult with you and encourage them to revise.

How You Can Help Us

  • Send us your syllabi, assignments, and writing guidelines in advance. We can then prepare for your students’ visits. If we know when to expect them and what they’ll be working on, we’ll be able to give them far more specific attention.
  • Tell us what you want. If you want a student to work on something in particular—sentence structure, elaboration of ideas, organization, etc.—let us know in advance and in concrete terms.
  • Tell students what you want. Give students clear guidance. Tell them why you suggest that they visit us and how they might benefit. If you are requiring them to come to the Studio, please familiarize them with what we do & don’t do, mentioned previously.
  • Stay in Touch. Your feedback, in the form of questions, comments, and suggestions, helps us to develop our programs and services in order to better meet the needs of faculty and students at OSU NewarkWriter’s

For Your Syllabi

If you would like to mention the Writer’s Studio in your syllabi, we encourage you to copy the paragraph below. Feel free to personalize it for your curse.

All writers, no matter the level of expertise, benefit from feedback. Thus, Writer’s Studio is here to assist OSU Newark students on their writing and reading tasks. The Studio’s Peer Writing Consultants (PWCs) assist visitors throughout the writing process: understanding the assignment prompt, planning, drafting, revising, and editing (and all the little stops in between). Be advised that the PWCs do not proofread, edit, or correct your papers; they do, however, ask questions, provide feedback, and make suggestions to help you recognize strengths and weaknesses in your writing. Please bring any materials relevant to the assignment (prompt, syllabus, notes, readings, drafts) with you when you visit. It’s a good idea to schedule your appointment to allow for plenty of time afterward to make revisions. Walk-ins are welcome, but there is no guarantee that you will receive assistance without an appointment.