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Writer's Block

Schedule : Spring 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: 

Maya Rohr, Haley Peters, and Ivy Woodrow

See their profiles below!  


        Maya                                     Haley                        Ivy              James


  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 am            
11:00          Haley P.  
11:30          Haley P.  
12:00 pm            
1:30        Ivy W.    
2:00        Ivy W.    
2:30        Ivy W.    
3:00        Ivy W.    
3:30        Ivy W.    
4:00        Ivy W.    
4:30        Ivy W.     
5:00        Ivy W.    
6:00    Maya R.        
6:30    Maya R.        
7:00  James T.  Maya R.    Haley P.  James T.  
7:30 James T.    Maya R.    Haley P. James T.   
8:00 James T.   Maya R.    Haley P. James T.   
8:30 James T.    Maya R.    Haley P. James T.   

 Maya R.

   Haley P.    
9:30    Maya R.     Haley P.    

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 | Spring 2015


                                                                             Maya Rohr

                                                                                                             Senior 1

Academic Interests: Poetry, Essays, Ceramics 

Thoughts on the Role of Writing Tutors at Marlboro: I think the most important thing we can do is give a new perspective. Sometimes you just get lost inside a paper and can't tell where to go next, and you need a pair of fresh eyes to pick over your writing. Also, talking about your project can help you define exactly what it is you want to do with it.

Favorite Marlboro Class: Culture and Ecology of the Western U.S.


Community Involvement: I've served on the Farm Committee, been a Resident Assistant, worked at the Coffee Shop as a baker... and I go to Town Meeting whenever I can!


Advice for Students: I think the best advice I've ever gotten is to start working on a paper the day it's assigned. If I can, I head to the library right after class to start researching: all of the information is fresh in my head, my mind is swirling with topic ideas, and I have plenty of time ahead of me. If I wait too long, the excitement fades and the paper feels like more of a burden.

Haley Peters  Senior 1

Academic Interests:  I'm interested in literature, particularly American literature, and psychology, particularly the psychology of grief and trauma.

Favorite Marlboro class:  My favorite Marlboro class was probably John's "What Will Suffice." It's the class that introduced me to the world of twentieth-century American novels that most of my plan is focused on, and allowed me to continue my work with John, one of my plan sponsors, and introduced me to Gloria, my other plan sponsor, when she substituted for him. So much of what I'm doing now, and so many long-lasting relationships, started with that class.

Community Involvement:  I like to participate in community discussions, and last year, I hosted one on dealing with grief. I think community discussions provide a safe space where we can share our experiences without judgment. I'm also really good at hosting super-hero-themed parties.

Advice for Students (esp. regarding writing):  I think one of the most important things you can do for yourself as a writer is to pay attention to the process of your writing. When you write a particularly strong paper, try to figure out where that strength came from. Was the topic something you feel strongly about? Did you give yourself an outline to work with, or did you discover the structure through writing? Did you find that you paid careful attention to your sentences, or did you have to apply more conscious focus to paragraphs? Did you have a banana or a cup of coffee before you sat down to write? Did you stop by the Writer's Block? Eventually, you'll start recognizing patterns, and by looking at these patterns, you'll come to a better understanding of yourself as a writer, a thinker, and an individual.

Ivy Woodrow

Academic Interests: Psychology and Literature

Favorite Marlboro class: Abnormal psychology

Community Involvement: I am a peer advisor, writing tutor, and SHAPER, and have worked at the library for three years.

Advice Students: Take a writing seminar that interests you because this is the best way to find the method of writing that you are most confident in by allowing you to experiment with and critique your work in a judgment-free environment.  Also, take a research course or two!  They’re two credits and help you so much before and during Plan.