John Cabot University: the Academic Experience

Writing Center

The Writing Center will be open for appointments starting on January 23.

The Writing Center is located in the Guarini building, just off the Lemon Tree Courtyard and next to the Secchia computer lab.

What we do:
The mission of the Writing Center is not to produce better writing but to produce better writers. We offer free, one-hour consultations to all JCU students on:

• the various stages of the writing process (brainstorming, choosing and narrowing a topic, developing research questions, formulating a thesis, building an argument, drafting, and revising);
• organization, clarity and style;
• evaluating and integrating source information;
• MLA/APA documentation and formatting;
• grammar;
• writing statements of purpose/personal statements, cover letters and résumés/CVs.

The Writing Center does not proofread or correct papers; instead, we promote a collaborative effort between tutor and tutee that results in effective writing. We believe that the best writing comes from discussion, critical thinking, and revision, and we help students articulate, develop, and clarify their ideas. We provide support for any type of writing project, in any discipline, for writers at any level—beginning to advanced.

Visit policy:  Students may make appointments twice per week. Beyond that, students can attend appointments on a walk-in basis.  

On the day of your appointment:
Please come to your appointment well-prepared. Bring assignment guidelines, drafts, and/or graded papers with professors’ comments, and come with specific questions in mind.

Please arrive ON TIME for your appointment. Students who arrive late may lose their appointment if another student drops in in the meantime.

Please do not cancel your appointment. In the event of an emergency where you absolutely must cancel your appointment, look at your appointment confirmation email and follow the link to cancel the appointment. If you encounter problems using this link email the Writing Center ([email protected]) at least 24 hours in advance so that another student can be scheduled at this time. Students who fail to do so and/or who repeatedly cancel may lose the option of making appointments at the Center.

Meet the Student Tutors:

Francesca De Smet

Francesca De Smet is a Communications major from Ghent, Belgium. She teaches yoga at JCU, creates healthy recipes, and loves writing about both on her blog.

Katie Kehoe

Katie Kehoe is a Political Science major and Italian Studies minor from Portland, Oregon. She enjoys camping, skiing, and reading a good biography. She is looking forward to helping you with any and all writing troubles.

Mattia Maglione

Mattia Maglione is a Communications and English Literature major here at JCU. He is fascinated by the art of writing, poetry and poetics. Most of all he is attracted to all subjects that require creativity skills including music and acting.


Student Resources:

Schedule and appointment

Information for professors

Writing Center Staff

Professor Conor Deane
Professor Jonathan Jones
Professor Tara Keenan (Center Coordinator)
Professor Lewis Klausner 
Professor Lauren Sunstein