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. Tutors listen, ask questions, and provide feedback. Writing sessions typically focus on brainstorming ideas, strengthening arguments, developing support, organizing paragraphs, and refining sentences. Writing tutors do not edit or proofread; instead, they teach students how to do this for themselves. We don’t just want you to have a stronger paper; we want you to be a stronger writer.

Tutoring is available by drop-in or appointment. Appointments are available bi-weekly, weekly, or as needed. Click here to meet our tutoring staff!


Before making an appointment on our online calendar, please note:

  • Your device must be set to Central Time to ensure your appointment is at the correct time. For help with this, please visit the IT helpdesk.
  • Maximum: 1-hour appointment per day or 3 hours total per week!  (If you would like additional tutoring, please drop in to see if tutors are available, and we will happily help you if we can.)
  • You will receive an email confirmation, and the event will appear in your St. Olaf Google Calendar. For questions about your appointment time, email
  • If you need to cancel an appointment, click “cancel” in the email confirmation, or on the event in your Google calendar.

To make an appointment, click on the icon below, and choose the name of the tutor you would like to work with. All gray boxes are available times.

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