Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Drop-In Writing Partners

Attention: The Writing Center will be closed Saturday, October 23, due to Fall Recess. All other hours will remain the same. 

Join us in the Writing Center (upstairs when you enter the Poorvu Center at 301 York St.) between 3:00 and 5:00 pm, seven days a week for drop-in services. To help us monitor the number of people in our space, we are asking that students sign in for in-person drop-in hours using this waitlist

Our evening hours will still be online; when you schedule an appointment for our evening hours, a confirmation email will explain how to find your tutor on Zoom.


Writing Partners are Yale College or graduate school students selected for both their writing skills and their ability to talk about writing. They have a student’s-eye view of the challenges you’ll face in writing papers. 

Hours and Locations 


Fall 2021 Writing Partner Schedule
Mondays 3:00-5:00 pm (in-person) 7:00-10:00 pm (online)
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 pm (in-person), 7:00-10:00 pm (online)
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 pm (in-person), 7:00-10:00 pm (online)
Thursdays 3:00-5:00 pm (in-person), 7:00-10:00 pm (online)
Fridays 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 3:00-5:00 pm (all in-person)
Saturdays 3:00-5:00 pm (in-person)
Sundays 3:00-5:00 pm (in-person), 7:00-10:00 pm (online)

All in-person sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. To make an appointment for our online evening hours, visit our online scheduling system.


Writing Partners work with Yale College Undergraduates. See Graduate Writing Consultations if you are a graduate student needing assistance.

Preparing for Your Session 

  1. Please print two copies your paper​; Writing Partners do not work from laptops or iPads; a printer is available in the Writing Center for students with a BluePrint account.
  2. Bring the assignment or prompt that the professor gave you
  3. Even if you haven’t started writing, we can help brainstorm and outline

What to Expect 

Since Writing Partners do not read papers before the session, you’ll spend time at the beginning explaining the assignment. Then, the Writing Partner will read your draft for 10-15 minutes and ask you to do some work using the second copy of your essay.

Sometimes 10-15 minutes is not enough to read the entire paper, but its almost always enough to give you substantial help. The Writing Partner will ask questions to help you clarify your meaning, as well as give you advice about effective strategies for structure, analysis, and developing a thesis.

We won’t tell you exactly what do to fix your essay, but we will help you figure out strategies for revision and prompt you to take notes on the suggestions that arise. Writing Partners can also help you with grammar and style, although not by proofreading your whole essay; instead, the two of you might edit a paragraph together, looking for suggestions that you can then incorporate into the rest of your paper.

Please note that Writing Partners cannot help with take-home exams. 


The Writing Center is on the second level of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Sterling Library. Take the stairwell near the York St. entrance to the mezzanine. The tutoring offices are at the top of the stairs.