Writing Center

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 JHU community. Stop by our center in Gilman Hall 230 or make an appointment online.

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 clarify your essay’s focus, develop a thesis, structure your argument, produce clear transitions, integrate sources, revise a draft, and develop editing techniques.

The Writing Center’s goal is to help students develop their own writing abilities and to become skilled readers of their own prose. We aim to help writers create better writing and to learn about their own writing processes so that they can continue developing their abilities with us and on their own.

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 University Writing Program (UWP)
    • Research papers
    • 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
    • Creative writing assignments (only some tutors can work on these types of texts)
  • Personal statements and short responses for applications to masters and PhD programs or professional schools, including the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

At this time, the Writing Center is not able to assist with:

  • 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:

  • Please be on time for your appointment and bring your draft and assignment sheet (if applicable) with you.
  • You are allowed up to three appointments for a single text and up to two appointments per week.
  • Due to high demand, we ask that you book only as many appointments as you think you will be able to attend. Please do not book multiple appointments with the expectation of canceling some of them, as this prevents other students from booking their appointments.


Email: writingcenter@jhu.edu
Phone: 410-516-4258
Fax: 410-516-4757

Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday, 2 pm to 10 pm
(appointments are scheduled on the hour)

Physical Location:
Homewood Campus, Gilman Hall 230
(the north wing of the Hutzler Reading Room)

Mailing Address:
Johns Hopkins Writing Center
Gilman Hall 230
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218