Sharpen your writing skills.

Philosophy and Mission

Anyone can become a better writer, but it generally takes practice, hard work, and constructive feedback. Our mission is to assist student writers wherever they are in the writing process.

How can we help?

Feel free to make an appointment if you’re brainstorming ideas, dealing with sudden writer’s block, or revising your final draft. We’ve seen it all.

Our tutors are all graduate students in COM fields, and they can guide you through any COM-related writing. Need help structuring a news story? Shaping a screenplay? Developing a PR campaign? Crafting the perfect advertisement? While we’d be happy to help with other written assignments, COM writing genres are clearly our specialty.

We’re also here for you if you’re concerned about your academic English skills. Our tutors are trained to help students from a variety of language backgrounds address common writing issues. We may also suggest additional resources that might be of use to you.

Appointments

Students can make appointments on our scheduling website.  We offer three types of appointments, and students must choose the correct schedule for the type of session they would like.

All in-person appointments take place at the COM Writing Center.

  • You will meet your tutor for a discussion of your writing, so please bring your paper and/or a laptop to the session.  
  • The COM Writing Center is located in the basement of the College of Communication building (640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B27A).
  • Please arrive on time for your appointments.
  • Please note: Masks are required at all times inside the COM Writing Center.

synchronous appointment is an online tutoring session in real time.

  • At your scheduled appointment, you and a tutor will use video, online texting, and a shared screen to discuss your writing. You can ask the tutor questions in the moment and receive feedback directly.
  • Please arrive on time for your appointments.

An asynchronous appointment is not a live online tutoring session

  • We’re using the term “appointment” loosely here. You won’t be meeting to discuss your work with a tutor online. Instead, you’ll upload your paper in advance and receive written feedback from a tutor on the day of your scheduled session.
  • This kind of appointment is a convenient way to get some writing help if you have limited availability. 
  • In order to receive feedback, you must upload your work before your session’s start time.  

Please Note:

  • If you must cancel an appointment, please do so at least 2 hours prior to the start time.  Otherwise, your appointment will be considered a “no-show.”  Students with a pattern of repeated “no-shows” may lose the ability to make appointments at the COM Writing Center.
  • We don’t proofread or edit papers, but we do point out and address repeated errors or style issues. 
  • Feel free to make an appointment with any of our tutors, even if they’re not in your academic program— they’re all available to help you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Schedule an appointment

Contact

If you have any questions, email us at comwrite@bu.edu.

Boston University College of Communication
640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B27A
Boston, MA 02215