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Hours (updated 3/26/2024)

The Studio is closed during Summer Quarter

If you need writing assistance while the Studio is closed, please contact a librarian

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SPU Research, Reading, & Writing Studio
The Research, Reading, & Writing Studio serves current students who are seeking to read, write, and research better.  We come alongside students at any stage of the writing process, offering strategies for how to move forward with their own projects. 

Meet with a writing assistant:

In-Person Assistance in the Ames Library's Studio Space


Located on the library main level to the left after you enter the building.

Have a quick writing question?  Ask A Librarian using the chatbox in the lower right of this window!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can the Studio help me?
The Studio will provide assistance in and strategies for research, reading, and writing including, but not limited to:
-Topic Selection
-Assignment decoding
-Addressing instructor feedback
-Searching for sources
-Evaluating sources
-Reading difficult texts
-Creating a thesis statement
-Organizing a paper
-Referencing and citing sources
-Editing/proofreading

Who can use the Studio?
Any current SPU student--both undergraduate and graduate--is welcome to use the Studio.

What kind of papers do you help with?
We can offer guidance on any paper you're working on for any class, whether WRI or HIST or BIO or SOC. We'll work alongside you to strengthen your thesis, support your claims, and cite your sources, whatever it is you're writing.

What do I need to bring when I interact with the Studio?
As much or as little as you like.  If you have a draft of your essay, use that.  The assignment sheet and grading rubric can help the writing assistants understand your assignment. You might also want to have ready any books or research materials you've been working with.

How are Studio Assistants chosen?
Studio Assistants are hired in the spring for a one-year renewable appointment beginning the following fall.  All Studio Assistants take a one-credit, year-long course while on staff (WRI 2930, "Methods for Writing Assistants").  If you are interested in becoming a Studio Assistant, contact Dr. Peter Wayne Moe, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Campus Writing, at moep@spu.edu.