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.

The COM Writing Center specializes in helping students with academic writing for COM courses. 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?

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.

Who Can Use the COM Writing Center?

The COM Writing Center’s tutoring services are available to the following BU students:

  • Undergraduate COM majors
  • Students in other majors who need help with COM coursework (ONLY)
  • COM graduate students

If you are a BU student who is not majoring in COM and you are not seeking help with COM coursework, you will not be able to make appointments at the COM Writing Center. However, there are many other writing resources available to you on campus. Please visit Writing Support for Students for more information about writing support at BU.


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.

An online appointment is a Zoom-like 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.

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.

Career Help?

The COM Writing Center helps students with academic writing for COM courses, and we cannot advise you on the job application process.

If you need help with your CV or cover letter, we recommend the services of COM Career Services or BU’s Center for Career Development. They know exactly how to help you!

Accommodation Requests

Your participation is important to us! If you require an accommodation to attend a tutoring session online or in person, please contact us to discuss options.

You can also contact Disability & Access Services to request an ASL interpreter or access additional resources.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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If you have any questions, email us at

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