The MCLA Writing Studio is a space where writers collaborate and create. All writers, from first-year students to faculty members, staff, and alumni are welcome. Our trained writing associates will collaborate with writers at any stage of the writing process: from understanding assignments and brainstorming ideas to planning, revising and polishing final drafts. All types of writing are welcome, from argumentative essays, to lab reports, to creative writing, to career materials and Power Point presentations. If you can create it, we can work with you on it!
We in the Writing Studio are also committed to anti-oppressive tutoring practices. For more information on the ways we work to value the many voices and motivations writers bring with them, please see our Statement on Linguistic Justice, which was collaboratively crafted by Writing Associates and students in the Writing Associate Workshop in Spring 2021.
Join us for a conversation about a text you are writing and leave with more confidence in yourself as a writer!
This year, we offer two different types of appointments to meet your writing and test-prep needs. Our tutoring software, WCOnline, allows you to sign up for a traditional face-to-face appointment with a trained, masked Writing Associate, or for an asynchronous eTutoring appointment where you can receive written feedback on a draft within 24 hours. Read the descriptions below to figure out which appointment type best fits your needs.
This type of appointment, generally our most popular, is ideal for writers who prefer in-person conversation. Come visit us in Murdock 120 and we'll get to know you as a writer, discuss the assignment together, and then ask you what kind of feedback you'd like before embarking on our tutoring session. Be ready for lots of questions and interaction! To protect yourself and the Writing Associate with whom you work, please wear your mask at all times.
This type of remote tutoring occurs without direct contact with the Writing Associate. You’ll upload your text and the essay prompt prior to your appointment time. Then, during your appointment time, the Writing Associate will use the Microsoft Word commenting function to ask clarifying questions in the margins of the text, to point to grammatical patterns, and so forth. They will also draft an end comment summarizing their marginal comments to help you prioritize. If applicable, they might also include links to online resources that may be useful to you as you revise and self-edit.
The Writing Studio is happy to announce a new service for students taking the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (the MTEL)! We now have MTEL Associates available to discuss tips and tricks for taking this important test.
There are many ways the Writing Studio can help you prepare for this high-stakes test:
Make a face-to-face appointment with an MTEL Associate by clicking "Schedule Appointment" below. Be sure you sign up for an appointment with Chloe Mascitelli, as not all of our Writing Associates are trained to work with MTEL prep. We also recommend making a Face-to-Face appointment, rather than an Asynchronous eTutoring appointment, as test-taking support works better with real-time conversation.
Hours of Operation
From September 13 to December 10, 2021:
Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm
Monday and Wednesday: 12:00-1:00 pm; 6:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00-1:00 pm; 5:00-9:00 pm
Murdock 120, or Online