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The mission of the Writing Center at Clarkson University is to help students become better writers as the primary goal, while fully supporting Clarkson’s Communication Across the Curriculum Initiative, faculty curricular objectives, and the growth and development of the Center’s Peer Tutors.


We utilize a model of Peer-to-Peer conferencing, a form of collaborative learning based on what Socrates might have described as ‘exploratory’ rather than ‘evaluative’ dialogue. In other words, writers can expect to be asked a number of questions from their tutors when they arrive at the Writing Center in the form of a conversation, as opposed to being greeted by someone eager to edit their work with a red pen!

This type of approach might seem uncommon to many students and faculty members, but research finds that this dialectic interaction helps students better discover, develop, and articulate their own ideas. Our tutors gain a tremendous amount of value in the way of real- life experience and improved competence from this collaboration as well. So it is a win-win for all those involved.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information about Clarkson’s Writing Center, please see our FAQ information for both students and faculty under the tabs at left. If you still have unanswered questions, please contact Courtney Johnson-Woods, Writing Center Director at 268-4439 or email her at

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