Writing Studio

Writing Studio

Announcement: The Writing Studio will be closed during the week of Thanksgiving (11/21 to 11/29).
We will reopen on Monday, November 30.

The Writing Studio provides help for any writing assignment for any course. We can also assist you with individual resumes, letters, and applications. Instruction is one-on- one, free, and scheduled at students' convenience.

Also available is the LION OWL, Penn State Brandywine's online writing lab. A virtual writing studio! The OWL starts Sept 14. The hours will be Sunday through Wednesday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Upper level, Vairo Library
Coordinator: James Berkey
Email: BW-WritingStudio@psu.edu
Phone: 610-892-1352 or 1263
Fall 2015

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

And by appointment.

Call for an appointment at 610-892-1352.

We will also try to accommodate drop-ins.

Writing Studio

NEED HELP with that paper?

The Writing Studio will work with you to

  • Understand your assignment
  • Get started
  • Finish your assignment
  • Help you get organized
  • Learn to proofread
  • Learn to document and to evaluate your sources
  • Become a more efficient writer
  • Think more critically

Our professional staff can help you at any stage of the writing process: planning, drafting, and revising.

We don't write your papers for you, but we can teach you to write more effectively!

Bring your assignment with you.

Call or come in before that paper is due!

To make an appointment, call, drop in, or email

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote a culture of writing, critical thinking, and learning at Penn State Brandywine by supporting students, faculty, and staff in their academic, creative, and personal writing endeavors. Serving both experienced and inexperienced writers, we value meeting the needs of the individual writer, no matter what his or her writing background, and we accomplish our goals by providing one-on-one instruction and by creating a positive environment conducive to a community of writers. We support our campus in its mission to recruit and retain motivated students who will lead productive lives.  We welcome and encourage collaboration with faculty to help us meet our goals.

What is the Writing Studio?

Serving the University community, Penn State Brandywine's Writing Studio provides help for all students with any writing assignment. Our instructors are professionals who offer one-on-one service to promote educational opportunity and to enhance students' academic achievement. We provide help with writing for any class. Personalized instruction with resumes, cover letters, and the basics of grammar and punctuation is also available.

Who goes to the Writing Studio?

Anyone. All good writers know the benefits of having another good writer look over their work. Many writers, both experienced and inexperienced, find it useful to talk about what they're writing and get feedback. The dialogue process helps writers clarify, focus and organize their ideas.

What do I bring?

Bring your assignment if you have one. Many professors provide students with an assignment sheet. Sometimes students can benefit by talking with another about what is expected.

Bring a draft if you are at that point in the process. If not, bring ideas.

Will my professor know I visited the Writing Studio?

You may request that the Writing Studio notify your professor about your session. Professors often view attendance at the Writing Studio as an indication of your effort and motivation.

How often can I come? How long is my appointment?

Most appointments are 30 minutes. However, you may schedule as many appointments as you or your Writing Studio instructor deem beneficial. In the case of longer papers, you may schedule an hour-long appointment. Standing appointments, which means a student would come once a week at the same time, are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do the instructors give grades? Will I get a better grade in my course if I go to the Writing Studio?

Writing Studio Instructors do NOT influence your professors in the grading process. Most students do find that their paper grades improve over time by coming to the Studio. Remember, however, that students earn their grades, and students remain the writers of their papers. Students can earn a college credit by taking English 5 writing tutorial alongside their English 4 or English 15 class.

After I get an assignment, how soon should I come to the Writing Studio?

Come in as soon as possible. Don't wait until the day before the paper is due unless you are certain the only part of the process you need help with is proofreading.

Can I just drop my paper off so someone can correct my mistakes?

No. The idea of the Writing Studio is that you work with another person to improve your writing. We will not write for you, nor will we proofread your papers. We will show you some proofreading techniques and work through the process with you.