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The Writers' Block

Free personal assistance on writing at any point in your writing process on an assignment, scholarship application, etc.

The Writers' Block offers free individual tutoring on writing in three locations. Plan ahead and book your appointment; details below. We also offer email feedback.

No one writes perfectly on the first try! But you're in luck: we can help you figure it out.

  • Talk with a tutor and see your writing in a new light, even if you're just getting started.
  • Bring in your assignment, your draft, your concerns -- whatever you've got. Working with a tutor will help you build on what you've got and produce a strong result.
  • We won't tell you how to write your paper, and we won't edit your paper for you. Instead, tutors will help you write your paper how you want to.

The Writers' Block services are ALWAYS COMPLETELY FREE FOR POTSDAM STUDENTS. No Fee. Ever.

Open in three locations:

  • Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Carson 105, Main Writers' Block location
    Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 9 p.m. in Sisson 106, Academic Support Lab
  • Sundays, Noon - 6 p.m. in Crumb Library Research Center
  • EOP offices: Specific hours available for EOP students only

Plan ahead to book your appointment. A few days should be enough to get the time slot you prefer. Occasionally, we can accommodate walk-ins or same-day bookings.
Visit Carson 105, call (315) 267-3059, or email

Email feedback is available within 36 hours on weekdays. Meetings via Skype are also available. See guidelines on the left of this page and email to request assistance. 

Meet the Staff and see our current tutoring schedule (PDF)!

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Mitchell at

Potsdam Writers' Block Self-Editing Guide (PDF)

Follow these easy steps for self-editing, and you can help your reader focus on your meaning.