ContactMAX (Macalester Academic Excellence) Center
Kagin Commons, First Floor 651-696-6121
Welcome to Writing Support in the MAX Center! This unit of the MAX Center includes professional staff and peer writing tutors who offer individualized and collaborative support for writers and their texts throughout the writing process. Staff and peer tutors work with students on a variety of writing projects, including:
- Essays for classes across the disciplines
- Capstone papers and honors projects
- Personal statements and related application materials for graduate school, grants and scholarships, study away programs, employment, and other opportunities.
Schedule an appointment
Use WC Online to schedule an appointment with a writing support coordinator or a peer writing tutor.
Appointments for writing support are generally available during the day Monday through Friday (9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.) and in the evening Sunday through Thursday (7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.). You may schedule an appointment for 45 or 60 minutes, either in-person or online.You may also choose the staff or peer writing tutor with whom you want to work; a couple of notes:
- In WC Online, you can read tutor biographies and filter appointments based on a tutor’s identified areas of expertise.
- That said, given their generalizable and transferrable writing knowledge, tutors can successfully collaborate with and support students who are writing in disciplines or content areas technically unfamiliar to them.
- Generally, if your paper is over 10 pages or you’re working on a personal statement for graduate school, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of the staff members, Jake Mohan or Alyssa Lawrence.
Commitment to equitable writing pedagogy
MAX Writing Support featured in the Mac Weekly
In fall 2022, the Mac Weekly profiled Writing Support Coordinator/Instructor Jake Mohan, whose efforts to integrate anti-racist pedagogy into the MAX Center’s tutoring practices were recently recognized by the SLAC-WPA Martinson Award for Innovation.
“Unlearning White Supremacy in Writing”
In spring 2022, MAX Center writing tutors wrote and published an open letter in the Mac Weekly about how academic writing can be taught and evaluated in a more equitable and inclusive way.
With funding from the Mellon Foundation, Writing Coordinator Jake Mohan recently prepared two documents exploring the social, cultural, and racial dimensions of how we teach students to write. These two documents are intended for instructors and tutors hope to deepen their understanding of anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy, and make their spaces of learning more inclusive and humane.