Make an Appointment

Summer Term I 2016: Monday–Thursday, 2–10p.m.

  • First open day of Summer Term I 2016: Monday, May 23.
  • Last open day of Summer Term I 2016: Thursday, June 23.
  • Because of limited staffing, students should make an appointment whenever possible, as walk-ins may not be available. 

Summer Term II 2016: Monday and Wednesday, 2–6p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 6–10p.m.

  • First open day of Summer Term II 2016: Monday, June 27.
  • Last open day of Summer Term II 2016: Thursday, July 28. 
  • Because of limited staffing, students should make an appointment whenever possible, as walk-ins may not be available. 

Appointments are scheduled in 50-minute sessions and begin on the hour.

Appointment guidelines

  • No assignments that are due the same day.
  • Up to two appointments per week. Graduate students: up to three appointments per month.
  • Up to three appointments for a single text. 
  • If multiple students are producing a single text, all students must attend the consultation.

The Writing Center serves:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in KSAS and WSE.
  • Recent KSAS and WSE alumni, in preparing personal statements for applications to graduate or professional school.

We do not assist students in other JHU divisions (such as Business, Public Health, Advanced International Studies, Peabody, Education, Nursing, or Medicine), or JHU employees.

The Writing Center works on: 

  • Academic writing: formal, analytical, argument-oriented essays and papers, assigned in courses or as requirements for KSAS/WSE programs of study. Examples include:
    • Essays for Expository Writing.
    • Research papers in KSAS and WSE courses.
    • Assignments that require formal prose summary, explanation, analysis, interpretation, or argument—whether in humanities, social sciences, or STEM fields.
    • Great Books at Hopkins explication assignments.
    • Undergraduate or masters theses, or doctoral dissertations (select no more than 10 double-spaced pages you wish to focus on).
    • Take-home exams featuring academic writing—only with explicit written permission from the instructor.
  • Personal statements for applications to graduate or professional school, including the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Personal Statement.

The Writing Center does not work on:

  • Proofreading or copyediting
  • Creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays)
  • Resumes, CVs, or application cover letters
  • Business memos, reports, or presentations
  • Visual or multimedia works
  • Technical writing, documentation, or software
  • Test preparation (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.)

Schedule an appointment

We have a new scheduling system for Homewood undergraduates.

  • Login to Blackboard.
  • Select the Starfish tab at the top.
  • Select My Success Network, and then select the Writing Center.
  • Choose an available date/time, enter your information, and receive a confirmation email. You can also cancel and reschedule your appointment using Starfish.
  • Phone appointments are available in the summer, only for personal statements, and only for KSAS and WSE students and alums who are outside the Baltimore area. If you are requesting a phone appointment, please include your phone number in the appointment information on Starfish.

Homewood graduate students and recent alums working on personal statements:

  • Please email us, with the following information listed in your email, in this order:
    • your name (first and last)
    • your JHED ID (first letter of first name + beginning of last name + number, e.g., jhopkin76)
    • course name, number, and instructor; or personal statement type
    • four possible times you could meet
  • Our staff will reply to your email no later than the end of our next working day.
  • If you need to cancel, please email us.
  • Phone appointments are available in the summer, only for personal statements, and only for KSAS and WSE students and alums who are outside the Baltimore area. If you are requesting a phone appointment, please include your phone number in your email.

Please bring a printed, double-spaced copy of your work to your appointment.

For instructions on how to print to campus printers by email attachment from your laptop or phone/tablet, consult this guide from the Library (PDF)

A note about English as a Second Language

The Writing Center does not offer specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) services. However, we regularly help non-native speakers with their writing assignments in the areas listed above. For specialized ESL services at Homewood, see: