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Writer's Block

Schedule : Fall 2015

Students are encouraged to sign up in advance for tutoring by using the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board just outside the door of the Writer's Block. Students choosing to "drop in" must defer to those who may already have signed up for a given session. A session is limited to single half-hour slots although a session may run longer if no other student arrives for tutoring. For more information regarding the Writer's Block, scroll down to just below the schedule.

Current Writer's Block tutors:  Sophie Gorjance, James Turpin, Solomon Botwick-Ries

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 am            
12:00 pm           Solomon B-R.
12:30           Solomon B-R.
1:00           Solomon B-R.
1:30           Solomon B-R.
3:00       Sophie G.    
3:30       Sophie G.    
4:00       Sophie G.    
4:30       Sophie G.    
7:00 James T.   Sophie G.   James T.  
7:30 James T.     Sophie G.   James T.   
8:00 James T.  Solomon B-R. Sophie G.   James T.   
8:30 James T.   Solomon B-R. Sophie G.   James T.   
9:00   Solomon B-R.        
9:30   Solomon B-R.        

THE WRITER'S BLOCK: General Information

WHAT: The Writer’s Block at Marlboro College is a student-staffed writing center in which students can receive individualized peer tutoring for their written work. Writing tutors are trained to provide support at all stages of the writing process: from initial brainstorming for a topic or thesis/claim, outlining and organizing the overall structure of a piece, to constructive feedback for final revisions and editing. Tutors are also an excellent resource for developing a firmer grasp on formal written grammar.

WHERE: The Writer’s Block is located in the Learning Center on the first floor of the Rice-Aron Library, just by the entrance that faces Dalrymple. The Learning Center also houses the office of the Director of Academic Support Services.

HOW: Tutors are available during regularly scheduled blocks of time as indicated on the Writer’s Block Schedule posted at various places around campus. To receive tutorial support for writing, students may either drop by the Writer’s Block during available hours or sign up for a specific slot of time with a specific tutor. The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board just outside the Writer’s Block. Signing up ahead of time is encouraged as the tutors frequently become very busy. On the other hand, dropping in has its advantages.

HOW OFTEN: As a general rule, students may sign up/drop in for one half-hour session a day.. Of course, if a tutor is not busy during the remaining block of scheduled time, a session may be extended into that time. Currently, students may sign up or drop in for as many sessions a week as desired; however, in times of high demand, limits may be set and will be posted on the Writer's Block bulletin board.

WHO: Any enrolled student may make use of the tutoring available in the Writer’s Block.

TUTORS: Writer’s Block tutors are selected by the Writing faculty and the Director of Academic Support Services. In order to qualify for consideration, a student must have taken and completed two prerequisite courses: "Element of Style" and "Writing and the Teaching of Writing."


The Writer’s Block is an excellent place to get help with your writing as you work toward developing your Clear Writing portfolio. Generally, it is much more useful to get regular and consistent feedback on your writing than to seek such support at the last minute. So see a tutor early in the process and make follow-up appointments as necessary. And keep in mind that Writer’s Block tutors have been through all this themselves.

For more information regarding the Writer’s Block and the writing tutoring available in it, please feel free to contact the Director of Academic Support Services or track down one of the tutors.

If you are concerned that difficulties encountered in the writing process are or may be related to a learning disability or other learning differences, don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Academic Support Services to discuss your concern and pursue reasonable support for writing strategies and skills development.


Writing Tutors | Fall 2015



Sophie Gorjance                                                                                                            

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Academic Interests: I'm a fiction writing student with secondary focuses on literature and psychology. I also have done theater and some history classes.

Thoughts on the Role of Writing Tutors at Marlboro: Writing tutors at Marlboro have a lot of responsibility to the community and to their fellow students. As a writing tutor I try to keep in mind that everyone's work is the most important thing to them and I make sure to invest enough attention and excitement that they know I take it seriously too. 
Favorite Marlboro Class: RLP with T. It was stupendous. 

Community Involvement: I'm on the Library Committee, and I'm also part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, in the fourth year of my match with my Little Sister. 

Advice for Students: Get yourself as far as you can go, then come in and see how much farther we can go together. It's okay to feel overwhelmed. 


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