About

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.

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.

Writing Center Quick Facts

The Writing Center works on:

  • Academic writing: up to 10 pages per consultation of formal, analytical, argumentative essays and papers, including:
    • Essays for the Expository Writing Program
    • Research papers in KSAS and WSE courses
    • Great Books at Hopkins explication assignments
    • Undergraduate or masters theses and doctoral dissertations
    • Assignments that require formal prose summary, explanation, analysis, interpretation, or argument, whether in humanities, social sciences, or STEM fields
  • Personal statements and short responses for applications to masters and PhD programs or professional schools, including the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

The Writing Center does not work on:

  • 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.)

Please be aware of the following appointment guidelines:

  • We will not look at assignments that are due the same day
  • You are allowed up to three appointments for a single text and up to two appointments per week (graduate students: up to three appointments per month)
  • Due to high demand, we ask that you book only as many appointments as you think you will be able to attend