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What We Do

University Writing Commons

The RIT Writing Commons provides writing support for students of all levels and in all disciplines. We are staffed by a team of professional writing consultants and undergraduate peer writing consultants from various disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, business, imaging arts and design, and the natural and applied sciences. Our consultants provide both individualized and group feedback and guidance on academic and professional writing at any stage of the writing process. Writing consultants can support a variety of writing projects, from research papers to lab reports.

Although our primary responsibility is to undergraduate students, we welcome graduate students. Please note that during busy weeks of the semester, we give priority to undergraduate students.

The Writing Commons does not charge for any of its resources or appointments. For more information, contact Phil Shaw, Writing Commons Coordinator,

Our Mission

  • Assist students in becoming confident, inventive and dynamic writers.
  • Foster productive, goal-oriented conversations about writing projects at any stage of the composing process, from invention to final draft, and the rhetorical moves of academic and professional writing.
  • Create an intellectual space for students to explore university literacy practices with peer and professional writing consultants.
  • Cultivate an approach to writing that sees language difference as an opportunity for making and presenting meaning, not as an obstacle to understanding.
  • Collaborate with any student to design and conduct writing-related research.

1-on-1 Consultations with Peer and Professional Writing Consultants

The Writing Commons has been designed to provide space for one-to-one and group appointments with a writing consultant. We offer both one-time and recurring weekly appointments, and provide walk-in hours every week of the semester. Check our online schedule for the most up-to-date information.

To improve as a writer over time, we encourage you to schedule a weekly appointment. Recurring appointments give students the opportunity to work with the same consultant once a week over the course of a semester to develop a sustained and supportive relationship. This relationship helps build a level of trust and comfort between writer and consultant that facilitates goal-oriented conversations about writing. Recurring appointments also provide the time and space for students to get feedback on all stages of more complex, or multifaceted, writing projects. Ultimately, we feel that this investment is invaluable in helping students to develop the writing and reading practices that will help them succeed in their coursework and beyond.

Student Spotlight: Claudia Alant, Writing Commons Consultant

Group Sessions

The Writing Commons has also been designed to provide space for group appointments with a writing consultant. Group consultation includes the opportunity for a small group of students working on a shared writing project to talk collaboratively with a writing consultant about any aspect of their group work, including how to draft and revise with multiple writers.

Please note that we will not read and comment on group projects unless all writers are present for the writing consultation.

Online Support

We offer online synchronous appointments for students enrolled in online courses and students unable to meet us in the Writing Commons. For more information about our online services and how to schedule an online appointment, click here.

Note that you must be enrolled as a student at RIT’s main campus in Rochester, New York to utilize online writing support. At this time, we do not provide writing support to international branch campuses.