The Writing Desk helps St. Olaf students write clearly, convincingly, and confidently to effectively engage in academic conversations. Tutors listen, ask questions, and provide guidance for any writer, on any paper, at any stage of the writing process. The Writing Desk is committed to supporting writers, not just improving papers.
In a tutoring session, you may work collaboratively with your tutor to:
- Brainstorm ideas
- Strengthen arguments
- Develop evidence
- Organize paragraphs
- Learn to identify and correct patterns of error on your own
Check out our Meet the Tutors page to learn more about our tutors!
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9am-9:45pm; Fri 9am-5pm; Sun 12pm-9:45pm.
Locations: RML 354 and outer reference room. Students may make an appointment below or drop-in during our open hours. Synchronous virtual tutoring will be available via Google Meet by request only.
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.