The Harvard Summer School Writing Center is open to all registered Summer School students, whether you are studying on campus or online. The Writing Center is staffed by trained tutors (Harvard undergraduates and graduate students) who provide individual conferences to students working on any writing assignment. Tutors are also available for consultations on college application essays and graduate school application essays.
How to schedule an appointment
All appointments for Summer 2020 will be held on Zoom. You can schedule an appointment by visiting our online scheduler at wcscheduler.fas.harvard.edu (login required). You will receive a Zoom link in your confirmation email. You don't have to have a finished paper to schedule a conference. You can come with ideas, notes, or a draft. Please email your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org before your conference with "Zoom conference" as the subject line.
How to contact us
Frequently asked questions
Why would I want to meet with a writing tutor?
Writing Center tutors are trained to read academic papers critically and with an eye towards strengthening an argument. They can talk to you about structure, ideas, and clarity of your paper, and suggest strategies for revision.
Will a tutor proofread my paper?
We cannot proofread or edit your work, but we will be happy to point out problems with grammar and syntax as we discuss your paper.
Will a tutor edit my English for me?
Writing tutors are not editors. We are here to help you express your ideas clearly and to help you learn the conventions of academic writing. We will talk to you about your grammar and syntax in the context of helping you write the strongest paper you can write.
Can I come to the Writing Center every day?
Our online scheduler will allow you to book a maximum of two appointments each week. While we are always happy to see you, visits to the Writing Center become unproductive if you don't take time to think about and revise your own work between visits.
Will you tell my instructor I visited the Writing Center?
Writing Center conferences are confidential. We will not discuss your conference, or the fact that you came here for a conference, with your instructor.
Can I bring a take-home exam to the Writing Center?
Tutors can only discuss a take-home exam with you if you bring written permission from your instructor that explicitly states that you are allowed to come to the Writing Center. You can simply ask your instructor to email you this permission and then you can show it to us.
Can you tell me what grade I will get on my paper?
Writing Center tutors cannot predict what grade your instructor will give you on a particular piece of writing. Tutors can, however, respond as readers to issues of clarity, structure, and argument.