The Writing Center provides free, individual help with writing to all members of the University community, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Tutors assist with writing projects ranging from freshman composition essays to dissertation proposals. Tutors receive ongoing training in all aspects of the teaching of writing and are prepared to mentor a wide variety of issues (e.g., getting started, developing arguments, revising, editing, learning techniques for editing and proofreading, understanding specific aspects of grammar, and addressing the needs of English-as-a-second-language students).
Although the Writing Center does not provide proofreading or copyediting services, the tutors are always willing to teach strategies to help writers eliminate error on their own.
Sessions generally take three forms: weekly appointments with the same tutor that students can extend through the semester; drop-in sessions that depend on the availability of tutors; and e-tutoring sessions that students can access through the Writing Center's Web site at http://www.stonybrook.edu/writingcenter. All tutoring sessions are approximately 50 minutes long.
For hours of operation or to schedule an appointment, call (631) 632-7405.