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EAP101: Writing about Language Learning: Writing and Language Studio

Writing Coaching

WLS writing coaches provide writing support to all Duke Kunshan students, staff, and faculty. The writing coaches come from different academic backgrounds and are familiar with a variety of writing styles and formats. Although WLS writing coaches are not editors, they can help with any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming, to structural revisions, to putting finishing touches on a final draft.

How to prepare for your writing coaching sessions

WLS writing coaches are happy to help you wherever you are in your writing process. Keep in mind that coaching sessions are more productive when you have specific goals that you are working towards. If you don’t have goals in mind, the coaches can help you set some.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the coaching sessions?

You may sign up for a 30-minute or a 45-minute coaching session. All coaching sessions include  time at the end of the session to review and summarize the work that was done.

When can I sign up for appointments?

You can make appointments up to 14 days in advance.

How often can I have coaching sessions?

At this time, you may sign up for one coaching session per day.

Do I need to have an appointment?

If you weren’t able to make an appointment in advance but would still like to meet with a coach, you may be able to have a walk-in session, depending on coach availability. Please view the coaching schedule for that day on WCONLINE and go directly to an available coach’s location (specified on the appointment webpage) at a time the coach is shown as available. You may also see the WLS Coordinator, Shuhan Li, in the WLS Office (CC1068). She will direct you to an available coach. Walk-in appointments are available on a first come, first served basis.

Can writing coaches proofread/edit my essay?

Writing coaches are happy to answer specific questions about an essay that you are working on. However, they do not provide editing or proofreading services. The WLS goal is to help you develop the skills you need to examine and improve your own writing.

Make an Appointment!

To make an appointment, please visit the WLS online scheduling system.

This quick tutorial will help you schedule an appointment online:

  • If you haven’t registered for an account with the WLS yet, log into the system with your NetID and password and then fill out the registration form to create your account.
  • After you’ve created your account, you can log in with your NetID and password to make an appointment.
  • To make a writing appointment, Select “Writing” from the list of coach types in the box at the top of the page.
  • Click on a white (= available) time slot for the time you want to meet with a writing coach.
  • When you click on a white time slot for a specific writing coach, you can view that coach’s bio in the appointment window.
  • Fill in the form, and save the appointment.

Contact the Writing and Language Studio

Stop by the new WLS office: CC 1068

Telephone: +86 512 3665 7390