The Writing Desk In Rolvaag Library

Academic Writing Support

The Writing Desk helps St. Olaf students write clearly, critically, and convincingly to effectively engage in academic conversations.

Writing centers may be the ideal environment for students [who are developing writing fluency]…one-on-one, context rich, highly focused on a specific current writing need, and offering the possibility of negotiation of meaning. -Ilona Leki

Writing tutors offer in-person writing help with most kinds of writing assignments. Tutors ask questions, listen, and provide feedback. Writers take charge of their tutoring sessions, prepare questions, and bring writing assignments and two copies of their work-in-progress. Writing sessions typically focus on brainstorming ideas, strengthening theses, developing thesis support, organizing paragraphs, and refining sentences. Writing tutors do not edit or proofread, instead they teach students how to do this for themselves. The goal of the Writing Desk is to teach writers to write effectively with clarity and confidence.

Tutoring is available by drop-in or appointment. Appointments are available bi-weekly, weekly, or as-needed.

Spring Hours (2/10-5/23):

Monday – Thursday 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm and 7pm-10pm

(Closed during Spring Break: Friday, 3/18, 3pm – Tuesday, 3/29, 10am)


Rolvaag Library, to the right of the main lobby, across from the Research Desk and next to the IT Helpdesk.


For appointments: click on the Request Help icon
or call x3288 (507-786-3288)
or use the Writing Desk’s red phone (the “bat phone”)

For anything else: Anne Berry,, 507-786-3288
TTY: 7-1-1 (MNRelay)

Online Resources:

Getting Started: Introduction and Thesis – a short instructional video