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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the Writer's Workshop? 

The Writer's Workshop is a valuable resource for students of all majors, disciplines, and levels at Holy Cross.  The tutoring services are free. Appointments are recommended. 

Professors, the Workshop tutors can also come to your classrooms.  Tutors from the Writer's Workshop are prepared to visit your classes to introduce the Workshop and provide information about it.  If at any point during the semester you'd like a tutor to visit your class, please contact Prof. Hays, Director of Writer's Workshop, by e-mail or at ext. 3648.

Who are the Tutors?

The Writer’s Workshop is a student-run tutoring center serving the entire College community.  Writing tutors are recommended by faculty from across the curriculum and are trained by the director in a semester-long course, Composition Theory and Pedagogy.  The peer tutors at the Workshop believe strongly in mentoring and influencing the development of all writers at the College.  Tutors do not judge writers or grade writing.  Our mission is to assist students to become accomplished writers at Holy Cross by giving productive, supportive feedback.

Where is the workshop?

We are located on the second floor of the Dinand Library, next to the Scalia Electronic Classroom. We have snacks and a smiling face to greet you.  Students often work on their papers in the library and then come upstairs to the Writer’s Workshop for feedback. 

Our general hours of operation are:
Dinand Library:
Sunday, 6-10:00 pm
Monday-Thursday, 4-10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday – closed
Tutors' Schedules

How can I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling the Writer’s Workshop during business hours (508-793-2548).  You can also stop by to make an appointment.  Walk-ins are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

How can I make the most of my tutoring conference?

Come at the beginning of your writing process and bring your assignment.  You do not need to have a paper written before coming to the Writer’s Workshop.  Matter of fact, coming to talk over a paper assignment as soon as possible is preferred.  A writing tutor can assist you with brainstorming, creating a writing plan, and setting goals for a follow-up session.  Being proactive will save you time in the long run.