The Writing Desk

Tutors listen, ask questions, and provide guidance for any writer, on any paper, at any stage of the writing process. In a tutoring session, you may work collaboratively with your tutor to:

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Strengthen arguments
  • Develop evidence
  • Organize paragraphs
  • Learn proofreading strategies

Some writing tutors are also trained to offer speaking support; search “speaking support” when signing up for an appointment to brainstorm ideas, outline a speech, rehearse a presentation, polish your delivery skills, or lead/participate in a class discussion.

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Hours: Mon – Thurs 9am-9:45pm; Fri 9am-5pm; Sun 12pm-9:45pm.
Location: We’ve moved! Find us in Tomson Hall 153, in the Center for Advising and Academic Support (CAAS). Students may make an appointment or drop in during our open hours. Synchronous virtual tutoring is available by request.


Inclusivity Statement

The tutors at the St. Olaf Writing Desk and Speaking Space believe that all voices and dialects are important and valuable in the academic conversation, and we believe tutoring can promote social justice. We are committed to creating a space where students and tutors of all backgrounds一in terms of race, ethnicity, color, creed, nationality, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, socioeconomic status, ability, education, and linguistic background一can feel confident expressing themselves through writing and speaking. We expect students and tutors to model respect and cultural humility.