Educational Resource Center

Writing Assistance

“The Writing Fellow was great and really insightful. She helped me get to the core of what I was arguing. And she didn’t write for me; she had me figure out what I was trying to say.”
—Student survey response

The ERC offers three types of writing assistance:

Traditional Appointments (45 minutes):
Available during Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions. During a traditional appointment you will work through your composition with a Writing Fellow, who will listen and suggest ways to resolve your concerns about clarity and argument, helping you to articulate your own ideas more effectively. These appointments are designed for students who are working on any stage of an essay or written assignment: brainstorming, drafting, or revising.
Please note that cover letters and resumes should be reviewed by Center for Career Development staff.

ESL Writing Skills Appointments (30 minutes):
Not offered during Summer Sessions. During a Writing Skills appointment you will meet with an ESL Writing Fellow for help with identifying, understanding and self-correcting patterns of error in your grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, and so forth. (Note that we will not proofread your paper or correct your grammar for you.) We can also help with foundational skills such as critical reading, citations and avoiding plagiarism. These appointments are designed for both native and non-native speakers of English who are struggling with academic writing at the college level.

Drop-In Appointments (maximum 20 minutes):
Not offered during Summer Sessions. During a Drop-In appointment, a Writing Fellow will help you address a specific concern: for example, “introduction,” “subject-verb agreement,” or “topic sentences.” Come prepared to focus on a particular issue, since it will not be possible to review your entire paper holistically. For the 2013-2014 academic year, Drop-In Writing Assistance hours are offered while classes are in session on Wednesdays from 7-9pm in the 5th floor lobby of 100 Bay State Road.

Before you sign up, read the policies for the Writing Assistance Program.

Got questions? Read our writing assistance frequently asked questions.

Discover additional Writing Assistance resources available at BU and online.

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