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
Open Monday through Thursday 11am-3pm and Fridays 11am-1pm
Located on the library main level in the southeast corner (straight back and to the left)
Online Zoom appointments:
We offer daytime and evening appointments,
use Penji to see availability and make an appointment
See below for information about downloading the Penji scheduling app.
NOTE: The Studio will be closed for the Easter Weekend including Good Friday: April 15 until 12 noon on Monday, April 18, 2022
Have a quick writing question? Ask A Librarian using the chatbox in the lower right of this window!
Then use your SPU username and password to sign-up for a Penji account.
(You will likely get logged into the Center for Learning section,
just switch to the Research, Reading, & Writing Studio for writing assistance.)
How can the Studio help me?
The Studio will provide assistance in and strategies for research, reading, and writing including, but not limited to:
-Addressing instructor feedback
-Searching for sources
-Reading difficult texts
-Creating a thesis statement
-Organizing a paper
-Referencing and citing sources
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 Liz Gruchala-Gilbert or Carrie Fry.