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The Writers' Block

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

The Writers' Block offers tutoring during Summer Session. Please plan ahead and make your request in advance via

Face-to-face appointments are available on weekdays from Noon - 5 p.m. when Summer classes are in session.

Email feedback can be provided within 36 hours on weekdays. Meetings via Facetime are also available. Email to request assistance. Please plan ahead.

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

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.
  • The Writers' Block tutors will help you write your paper how you want to.

Book your appointment in advance by stopping by, emailing, or calling (during open hours, please). A few days should be enough to get the time slot you prefer. Occasionally, we can accommodate walk-ins, but we can't guarantee that.

Open in three locations:
Carson 106, Main Writers' Block location: Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sisson 106, Academic Support Lab: Monday through Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m.
Crumb Library Research Center: Sundays, Noon - 4 p.m.

Booking 2-3 days ahead is always best, but for May 1-12 only, we'll offer some weekday drop-in sessions as well.

EOP offices: Specific hours available for EOP students only

Email feedback: See guidelines on the left of this page and email

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.