Writing Center

Writing tutors are available to provide online assistance with strategies for composing and organizing papers and other written documents.

What does the Writing Center do?

At the Writing Center, graduate students at the Fletcher School can work with writing tutors to clarify ideas into clear thesis statements, talk through a paper's organizational structure, distill the main points of a paper, and ensure that the paper accurately addresses the questions posed by the professor. Writing Center tutors focus on holistic writing issues such as overall organization, transitions, use of active voice, logic and evidence, and paragraph construction. They do not copy-edit papers (check for spelling, grammar, or other basic issues). Tutors can help with course papers, resumes, cover letters, and other types of writing. They cannot assist with take-home exams. 

Who staffs the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is staffed by graduate students in Fletcher's master's and PhD programs.

How can I make an appointment?

Make an appointment on the Fletcher Writing Center appointment page. You'll receive an email from the appropriate tutor inviting you to a Zoom meeting to discuss the paper topic or writing help you've requested. Please have a digital version of your paper ready to send to your tutor, as well as the class rubric or syllabus information about the paper if it is a class requirement. The Writing Center's appointment times have been scheduled to meet the needs of students in various time zones. Please provide as much notice as possible if you need to cancel an appointment.

What other writing resources are available to Fletcher students?

If you need help with basic writing skills, SensusAccess and Read & Write are available to all members of the Tufts community through the Student Accessibility and Academic Resource Center (StAAR).

SensusAccess is a service that allows students to change the format of files (such as scanned PDFs into accessible PDFs) to enable text to speech. Tufts students, staff and faculty have the ability to use this service to change the format of files. View instructions and upload documents to the SensusAccess Portal at StAAR's Assistive Technologies page, under “Accessibility Software for All.”

Read & Write is a literacy software that helps students with studying, writing, reading, and research skills. Some of the features include text-to-speech, a dictionary, a translator, speech input, and highlighting. The software has many built-in videos to help users review the functionalities available.

Instructions for installing Read & Write:

  1. Go to texthelp.com 
  2. Hover over “Products” and select “Read&Write” (or select through the products page). 
  3. Click the “Download Now” button. 
  4. Select the platform of the device you're using (Android, iPad, Windows, etc.).
  5. It will prompt for a download or ask an additional question about what language is preferred. 
  6. Once it downloads, open it and run the program. There will be a pop up that will ask for a Google or Microsoft Account. Select the Microsoft Account. 
  7. Enter in the long version of your email address (Jane.Smith@tufts.edu). You will be redirected to Single Sign On to enter your Tufts login (e.g. Jsmith07 with password). 
  8. You should be prompted for a more standard install process.