writing works

Writing Works Office
Room B-27
617-353-2014

What is Writing Works?

Writing Works is a FREE writing consultation program established to assist School of Theology students with academic writing.  The Writing Works tutors are prepared to help you address the full range of issues that arise in doing written coursework.

During your session, the consultant will go over your written work with you taking into account the requirements of the assignment and your skill level.

After examining your written work, the consultant will advise you on areas of strength and weakness of the assignment and may offer you suggestions for revision.

Students do not have to have a finished paper in order to visit Writing Works. Bring an outline, bring some notes, or just bring any ideas you have for your paper/project. Tutors are happy to “think aloud” with you as you begin the writing process.

Writing Works can help with:

  • Clarity
  • Sentence and Paragraph Development
  • Expressiveness
  • Flow
  • Thesis Development
  • Logic of Argument
  • Word choice, punctuation, grammar (on a limited basis – see below)
  • Introductions
  • Transitions
  • Conclusions

Please note that Writing Works is NOT a proof-reading service.  This means that the tutors cannot make corrections on a line-by-line basis. Appointments will be most productive if students come with particular issues in regard to their papers, along with any prompts or instructions from the professor.

Also note that it is School of Theology policy to prohibit any editorial assistance with examinations, therefore Writing Works tutors cannot consult with students in this area.

Lastly, please note that Writing Works is an in-person service only. We are not able to assist students by phone or otherwise.

How many appointments can I make?

Appointments are divided into 30-minute slots.  Students may sign up for up to two (2) 30-minute slots per week. They may be scheduled consecutively or separately.  Students may also “walk in” for an additional two (2) thirty minute slots during the week if the calendar is empty.  In total, students are limited to 2 scheduled 30-minute appointments, and/or 2 “walk-in” appointments per week. Students may not sign up for more than two 30-minute slots per week; if this occurs, any additional appointments will be canceled at the discretion of the tutors. This ensures that as many students as possible have access to the Writing Works assistance.

If you are 10 minutes late for your assigned slot, this constitutes a missed appointment and the tutors will proceed to see walk-ins in your place.

To sign up for an appointment, click on the link below and sign in with your BU username and Kerberos password. To book your appointment, choose the date and time you’re available, and click the corresponding box on the calendar. Type your full name in the “What” field, and hit save. You may also add a description of the assignment in the “Description” field. We look forward to seeing you and working through your papers!

Writing Works sign-up calendar