Student Resource: The Writing Center

The George Mason University Writing Center provides free one-on-one tutoring for Mason students, faculty and staff. We are ready to work with your student at any step of the writing process, from brainstorming for topic ideas and building a thesis to citing sources and polishing a final draft.

Tutors provide writers with feedback on their drafts and with strategies for drafting, revising and editing. The goal is to support students as they write in their majors and prepare them to write in professional settings. All professionals, whether they are in the academic, non-profit, public or private sectors, put their high-stakes documents through cycles of feedback and revision. The Writing Center encourages students to begin this habit of soliciting feedback while they are still in school.

Writing Center tutors come from an array of disciplines including accounting, biology, creative writing, criminology, economics, engineering, global affairs and psychology. With this diverse group we can work with students on any kind of writing: essays, research papers, memos, proposals, resumes, cover letters, creative writing and personal statements for graduate school.

All tutors are trained to work with multilingual writers, and the center also has three ESL specialist tutors.

We offer face-to-face appointments at four different locations on the Fairfax campus, as well as on the Arlington campus. For added convenience, we also provide email and video sessions. During the academic year, the Writing Center is open Monday through Friday and on Sunday afternoons in Fairfax, and on Tuesdays in Arlington. Students may make up to fifteen appointments each semester.

Your Mason student can make a face-to-face or online appointments at The website also provides many great writing resources including over sixty quick-guides. If your student is looking for feedback on any step of the writing process, encourage him or her to visit the Writing Center’s main location in Robinson A, room 114 or to reach out to with any questions.

Kristin Brida
University Writing Center