An Announcement in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19):

As of March 11, 2020, Wesleyan has suspended in-person classes and meetings.  The Writing Workshop will do its best to respond to these unanticipated developments and to maintain the support we provide to students. We expect to resume scheduled Workshop tutoring hours and mentoring meetings shortly after the end of Spring Break, making use primarily of Zoom for virtual meetings and Google docs for sharing papers and comments.  We will be updating this site as our plans become more concrete and more information becomes available to us.  Thank you for your patience as we work through the challenges of adapting to this new environment. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email.    

**The Writing Workshop will be closed until 4/1 at the earliest.**

Guides to Writing

These brief, Wesleyan-specific writing guides can help you through nearly all stages of writing, types of writing in academic disciplines, and other genres of writing.  Clicking on any link will open a separate window with a PDF guide written by a Wesleyan writing tutor especially for other students at the University.


Writing Mechanics

Citation Mechanics - A brief guide explaining how to cite using MLA, APA, and CMS formats.

Conclusions - A short guide explaining why a conclusion is important and things to consider in structuring a strong one.

Introductions - A guide explaining important things to consider in order to write a strong introduction.

Megablunders - A guide explaining nine of the most common grammatical "megablunders" that students will run into when writing.

Paragraphs - A "how-to" guide on the important elements that a good paragraph will contain.

Quotations - A guide explaining the what, why, and how of using quotes.

Research Questions - A short guide to questions to ask yourself when writing a research paper.

Reverse Outline - An insightful guide into what a reverse outline is and how one can be helpful in revising a paper.

Thesis Statements- A guide explaining what a thesis statement does and things to consider in structuring a strong one.

Discipline Specific Guides

Film - A brief guide to writing film papers.

Government - A thorough guide to writing various types of government papers, ranging from book reviews to research papers.

Lab Reports - A guide detailing advice for writing a lab report, including detailed guidelines for lab reports for Principles of Biology and General Chemistry.

Philosophy - A brief guide with advice for structuring a strong philosophy essay.

Psychology - A guide to writing psychology papers and analyzing psychology studies, including resources on citation method and style.

Writing Theory - A thorough guide to writing social theory papers, including examples of annotated passages and things to avoid in theory papers.