Writing Center

The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutorials to registered Extension School students working on any writing assignment related to Extension School coursework. You don’t need to have a complete draft of your paper to use the Writing Center. We can help you at any stage of the writing process.


Writing Center tutorials focus on writing issues like structure, clarity, argument, and citations. Our tutors can also help you identify recurring problems with grammar and syntax and help you solve those problems. We do not offer proofreading or copyediting services.

Please note: If you are working on a take-home examination, you must bring (or email) written permission from your professor indicating that you are allowed to work with a writing tutor. You can ask the professor to email you directly, and you can forward this email to us.

Writing Center tutorials last 50 minutes. Extension School students are eligible for up to 10 tutorials each semester.

Questions? Contact us at dcewriting@gmail.com.

Scheduling Tutorials

The Writing Center offers both campus and Skype appointments. You can book an appointment of either type by logging into our online scheduler, which is available through online services

After you schedule your in-person appointment, you'll meet your tutor at the Grossman Library, 3rd Floor, Sever Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge. Please bring your assignment prompt and any writing you have already done for the assignment.

Skype appointments can be scheduled by choosing the distance option on the scheduler. Once you have scheduled a Skype appointment please do the following:  

  1. Send your assignment prompt and paper by e-mail to dcewriting@gmail.com. Please include your Skype username and date/time of your tutorial in this e-mail.
  2. Log in to Skype and add the Writing Center to your contact list. 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 dcewriting@gmail.com.

References for Citing Sources and Other Writing Resources

The Extension School offers a number of resources to help you understand how to use sources in academic writing. Resources include tips for avoiding plagiarism and links to tutorials that will help you learn how to use sources. Refer to our 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 also provides a number of writing resources. Sources include the HarvardWrites site, which features Harvard faculty talking about academic writing; handouts on various aspects of the essay writing process (developing a thesis, tips on grammar, conclusions); and discipline-specific writing guides.