Writing Walk-In Service

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John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
101 McGraw Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853 • 607-255-2280

Welcome to The Knight Institute Writing Walk-In Service!

Spring 2016 Schedule

First day of operations: Sunday, February 7
Last day of operations: Wednesday, May 11

Closed during February Break: Friday, February 11
through Tuesday, February 15

Closed during Spring Break: Friday, March 25
through Sunday, April 3

Special Exam Week Hours

from 3:30 to 5:30pm
at Rockefeller Hall, Room 178
on the following days:

Friday, May 13
Monday, May 16
Tuesday, May 17
Wednesday, May 18
Thursday, May 19
Friday, May 20


Trained graduate and undergraduate tutors are available five days
a week, Sunday through Thursday
, to discuss specific pieces of writing or questions about writing.  At the WWIS, writers will be greeted by engaged and engaging peers who listen patiently, read thoughtfully, and offer considerate, supportive, and challenging feedback. 

Cornell undergraduate students can visit any one of our five campus locations from time to time or on a regular basis when they want one-on-one support to refine and develop strategies for drafting effective academic essays. Writers of all levels of experience and ability can benefit from such individualized attention.

During a WWIS session, writing tutors may help writers to:

  • get started with writing projects by reading and discussing a writing assignment, evaluating research material, brainstorming an outline. 
  • explore ways to shape coherent arguments, make strong use of evidence, work with appropriate citation conventions.
  • consider questions about depth of analysis, organization, thesis statements, audience expectations, paragraph development, style, sentence structure.
  • identify patterns of errors in grammar or usage in order to develop effective strategies for line-editing.

Although writing tutors are happy to address large issues of focus and organization, they can only work with small portions of text (no more than 5 pages) during a typical 30-minute session.



• Drop in at any one of our 5 locations, or
Schedule An Appointment

Mann Library, Consultation Area
Monday - Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Rockefeller Hall, Room 178
Monday - Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Carol Tatkon Center, Room 3343
Sunday - Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Olin Library, Room 403
Sunday - Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Uris Library, Room 102A
Sunday - Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 pm

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Click here: Walk-In Service Evaluation
Thank you for making us a part of your writing process!

For answers to questions about the Service or if you need special assistance, contact Tracy Hamler Carrick, the Writing Walk-In Service Director.

Download our Editing Policy HERE

Download our Writing Resources Handout HERE