Writing

MAX Center
Kagin Commons, First Floor
M-F. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
S-TH, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
651-696-6193 (Day & Evening)
651-696-6121 (Day)

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Writing Tutors

Peer writing tutors are available to help with a variety of writing projects, from brainstorming to development to editing. You can bring in any writing project, such as a paper for your first-year course, a project proposal, your capstone, or a personal statement.

Writing tutors are available by appointment or drop-in.  See Finals Week (below) before clicking calendar link.
Writing tutor calendar

Calendars do not show scheduled appointments, only tutors' scheduled work hours.  

Finals Week Best Practices

MAX Center writing tutors will be available during the day (no evening hours) on a limited basis during Finals Week. Please call 651-696-6193 to make an appointment. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Because our tutors are students first of all, they are feeling the pressure of the end of the semester as much as everyone else. Please be respectful of their time by following these parameters: 1) Plan to come in at least a day before the paper is due; 2) Send the paper to the MAX Center (max_center@mac) as far ahead as possible; 3) Come to your appointment with ideas for what you’d like to talk about; and 4) Plan to spend an hour discussing your paper with the tutor.

These guidelines make the best use of your time, too, so that you can have a fruitful writing session.  If you need to cancel your appointment, please call 651-696-6193 as soon as you can so that we can open the time for someone else.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

As part of our writing support services, the MAX Center offers Works in Progress, a peer review program designed to help students more fully develop their writing assignments with a relatively small investment of time on the part of faculty. With writing tutors facilitating, students meet in the MAX Center (Kagin Commons) outside of class time in order to respond to each other’s writing. With feedback from their peers, writers gain a clearer vision of what they want to say, gaining specific insights into how well they are communicating. When students read each other’s papers, they often learn something to apply to their own writing. Both students and faculty alike express satisfaction with the improvement in the final drafts. For further information, contact Julie Lucking at .

Working as a peer writing tutor

Do you love writing? Are you the go-to person when your friends need help with their papers? If so, then you should consider applying to be a peer writing tutor in the MAX Center. Peer tutors aren’t necessarily writing experts or grammarians, but they must have a passion for writing that they can relay to the students they work with. We will teach you the skills that you need in order to work as a writing tutor. Tutors come from all disciplines, not just English.

Writing Tutor Job Description
Peer writing tutors work with students throughout the writing process for any class assignment. They participate in weekly writing tutor meetings and complete the tutor training program. After completing 25 hours of tutoring, they earn College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification. Writing tutors work with students one-to-one or in groups and engage in research and ongoing projects in the MAX Center and on campus. Writing tutor candidates must have completed the First-Year course and two writing intensive courses with a grade of B or better. They have excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to work well with individuals and groups.

If you are interested in working as a writing tutor, please contact or to check on the status for the next academic year.

Additional Writing Resources

WRITE WELL is a new initiative designed to provide supplementary instruction in writing for Macalester College students and additional writing resources to Macalester College faculty members in the form of 1-3 minute long microlectures. Visit the main Write Well page for a wide variety of writing ideas and suggestions. Write Well Home