Whether you are a beginning or veteran writer, tutors at the Writing Center can help you look critically at your writing.
Registered Extension School students can get help with many writing-related issues, such as organization, focus, style, grammar, citation of sources, documentation, and writing a thesis. Both in-person and Skype appointments are available.
Please note that tutors only offer feedback on writing assignments directly related to Extension School coursework. If you are working on a take-home examination, please bring written permission from your professor indicating that you are allowed to work with a writing tutor.
Sessions last 50 minutes.
Whether you want an in-person or Skype appointment, all you need to do is log in to our online scheduler, available through online services.
After you schedule your in-person appointment, you'll meet your tutor at the Grossman Library, 3rd Floor, Server Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge. Be sure to bring your assignment prompt and any writing you have done for the assignment.
After you schedule your Skype appointment by choosing the distance option, please do the following:
- Send us your paper by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your Skype username in this e-mail.
- Log in to Skype and request to be recognized by our account. Our username is dcewriter. We will contact you at the scheduled time.
If you are located in a time zone that prevents you from scheduling a Skype conference, please e-mail us to discuss alternatives at email@example.com.
References for citing sources and other writing resources
The Harvard Guide to Using Sources, which has been prepared by the Harvard College Writing Program, contains information about how to use and cite sources.
The Harvard College Writing Program provides a number of writing resources. Sources include HarvardWrites, where Harvard faculty talk about academic writing, handouts on various aspects of the essay writing process (e.g., developing a thesis, tips on grammar, conclusions), and discipline-specific writing guides (e.g., brief guide to writing the history paper, brief guide to writing the psychology paper, and a guide to philosophical writing).
Each year the Harvard Extension School publishes a review of student work, the Charles River Review, which highlights selected works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written in fall and spring writing classes. Each semester, students registered in a writing course receive an e-mail invitation to submit a piece of writing for consideration. The invitation includes the submission form and guidelines and is sent a few weeks before the deadline (the last day of exam period each term).