Writing Support

The StAAR Center Writing team approaches writing as an inherently collaborative, recursive process. We strive to provide a supportive environment for you to discuss your ideas, develop your writing, and engage in a robust process of drafting and revision.

Our Writing Consultants can work with you to:

  • brainstorm and get started
  • organize and clarify your ideas
  • refine your argument and deepen your analysis
  • revise and reorganize
  • edit and clarify language on the sentence level
  • develop your writing process, style, and voice
  • better understand writing in different genres and subject areas
  • incorporate sources into your writing

Book a Writing Appointment on Tutor Finder

Program Highlights

Writers and Projects We Support

First-Year Writing

We work with first-year students to help with the transition from high school to college writing.

Writing for any Class

Your development as a writer doesn’t stop outside of English class or after the first year of college. Work with us throughout your Tufts career to enhance your writing experiences!

Personal Statements

We can help you develop and revise personal statements for various applications. Tufts students can make an appointment through Tutor FinderTufts alumni can also work with us on personal statements but do not have access to Tutor Finder, so email us with the type of statement you’re working on, your deadline, your general availability for a virtual meeting, and any specific concerns. (Note: We may need to restrict alumni appointments at the end of each semester, when final papers are due.)

Senior Honors Thesis

Because longer projects can benefit from early planning and discussion, we recommend senior thesis writers meet with the same writing consultant. We also offer thesis-specific workshops and popular weekend thesis write-ins, which provide dedicated blocks of focused writing time.

Multilingual Writers and International Students

We are dedicated to helping you develop your voice and ideas. Along with structure and organization, our writing consultants can work with you on sentence-level clarity and can demystify American academic conventions and essay structures.

Graduate Writers

Work with us on any graduate-level project, from seminar papers to qualifying papers to theses and dissertations. You can meet regularly with the same graduate writing consultant if you’d like. We also offer graduate-specific workshops, writing groups, and writing retreats. Learn more on our Graduate Resources Page

Addressing Obstacles to Writing

Our writing consultants are trained to help all writers build confidence and develop strategies for overcoming barriers to writing. For a personalized referral, email Kristina.Aikens@tufts.edu.

Writing Fellows Program

Faculty can partner with us to incorporate writing support into specific writing-intensive undergraduate courses. Learn more about the Writing Fellows Program here.