Established in 1995, the Writing Center offers Johns Hopkins undergraduate and graduate students free, individual conferences on their writing with experienced Tutors, all of whom are trained to consult on written work in the humanities and social sciences. The Writing Center welcomes all students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.
Writing Center tutors work with students on a range of college writing assignments and at any stage of the writing process. We can help you as you clarify your essay’s focus, develop your essay’s thesis, and structure your essay’s argument, or we can offer you assistance as you integrate sources or revise a draft.
We do not consult with students on their creative writing or poetry. Nor do we help students affiliated with the following Johns Hopkins schools: the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Carey Business School, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
The Writing Center’s goal is to help students develop their own writing abilities and to become skilled readers of their own prose. Although tutors at the Writing Center can help students identify and correct certain patterns of error in their grammar and syntax, we do not edit or proofread papers. Nor do we offer intensive or comprehensive instruction in the rudiments of English for second-language students.
To learn more about what to expect at a consultation, including what to bring, please see the FAQ page.
Location and Hours
The Writing Center is located in the north wing of the Hutzler Reading Room (Gilman Hall 230). During the regular academic year, we usually maintain hours Sundays through Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. We are also open for limited hours during the summer months.
Schedule an appointment online. Appointments are scheduled in 50-minute sessions and begin on the hour. Please note: You may not schedule an appointment on the same day your essay is due, and you may not schedule more than three appointments for any given writing assignment.
You may also drop by our office without an appointment. If you choose to do this, you should make sure to arrive at the beginning of the hour to ensure that we have enough time to conduct a consultation with you. Because drop-ins are first-come, first-served, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment online.
Writing Center Tutors include both undergraduate and graduate students who have been trained to help students develop their thinking and writing. If you would like to know who is on the tutoring staff this year, please view our Tutoring Staff page. If you are interested in becoming a tutor at the Writing Center, please view our Prospective Tutors page. Note: Graduate students will be assigned only graduate student tutors.