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The Writing Studio

The Writing Studio is your guide and support throughout your assignments, courses, and years on campus.

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Your writing support on campus

Worried about your writing? Nervous about an assignment? Uncertain about your grammar and punctuation? Intimidated by a writing project?

Whether you’re a procrastinator who finds writing painful or a careful planner who frets over your punctuation after you’ve finished an assignment, consider the Writing Studio your one-stop center for everything about writing. Our tutors can help you organize your research, brainstorm assignment topics, or guide you through a final rewrite of an assignment. From brainstorming to polishing, our tutors are experts at all stages of the writing process. Writing Studio tutors can also assist writers at all levels, from freshmen struggling with English as Second Language to graduate students embarking on projects.

Meet Our Tutors

Our roster of seasoned tutors enjoys helping writers across the Holy Names community. Read each tutor’s profile to find your best match:

Muskaan Aleem

Hello! I am Muskaan and I have been working for the Writing Studio since January 2020. I am majoring in Criminology and minoring in Psychology. I particularly enjoy helping students brainstorm ideas, create outlines, and assist them in analyzing their papers.

Paul Ayuoso

Hi, I'm Paul Ayuso and I'm a psychology major. Working at the Writing Studio has given me all the tools and opportunities to become a better writer, and with such opportunities, I hope to help others as well. Personally, I like to help students with their grammar and reading comprehension as I like to make sure myself, and others, understand what the writer is trying to say.

Amber Calcita

Hi everyone! My name's Amber and I'm a communications major with an emphasis in multimedia. This is my second semester working in the writing studio, and I enjoy correcting people's grammar and spelling in their papers :) I also love working with creative writing prompts!

Justice Berumen

I have been working in the Writing Studio for a year. Though I am a History Major, I enjoy working with students from all academic backgrounds.

Adrianna Castaing

My name is Adrianna Castaing and I am a senior at Holy Names University. My major is Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology. I have worked four semesters at the Writing Studio. My favorite types of writing tasks are brainstorming and editing papers.

Berenice (Concepcion) Ruiz-Briseno

This fall is my second semester serving at the Writing Studio. I am majoring in Criminology with a minor in Forensics and Art, and a concentration in English. I enjoy helping students with the intro, grammar, outlines, and organization of their essays. I also enjoy talking with students about their writing and about some difficulties they might be going through.

Five Common Misconceptions about the Writing Studio

1. The Writing Studio is helpful only for students who struggle with grammar or punctuation.
In fact, Writing Studio tutors can assist writers who procrastinate, dedicate minutes to fiddling with a single word on their assignments, second-guess the quality of their writing, or confront a new type of writing in a course assignment.

2. You need to have a completed essay or paper before a tutor can help you.
Our tutors work with writers at all stages in their writing, from getting over the procrastination hump to brainstorming to bringing fresh eyes to a project where you can’t decide if what you’ve written is ideal—or terribly off-target.

3. The Writing Studio assists students in ironing out “mistakes” in their papers.
All Studio tutors have an extensive knowledge of English grammar, usage, and punctuation. However, they can also assist graduate students with second drafts of theses or help you write a resume and cover letter that enable you to gain a valuable internship.

4. If you can make an A or B in ENGL 1A, you don’t need assistance from the Writing Studio.
The Writing Studio caters to the needs of students across the Holy Names Community, from first-year students taking an ESLG course to seniors applying for jobs and wondering how to best represent their work experience in a resume and cover letter.

5. The Writing Studio is only for “school writing”.
Writing Studio tutors understand the conventions of virtually every kind of writing assignment you’ll receive during your years at Holy Names. But they can also help you begin your transition to the working work through securing internships or service experience long before graduation. After you visit Career Services, you can bring your revised resume to the Writing Studio to go over your education, service, and work experience and customize each resume and cover letter to meet the demands outlined by a job description—whether for service-based projects, internships, or after-graduation jobs.

Smart Thinking
Your Burning Questions

What Is Smart Thinking and How Does It Work with Writing Studio Tutors?

Panicking about a deadline after the Writing Studio’s closed? Smart Thinking is an online resource that provides students with guidance on everything from brainstorming to the finer points of English usage, grammar, and punctuation. You can access Smart Thinking from your Canvas courses’ home pages.

However, if you are a procrastinator or a writer who needs day-before or last-minute help (see “What Kind of Writer Are You?”), you should schedule an appointment with the Writing Studio which can provide you with helpful feedback and, in some instances, a more rapid turnaround time than SmartThinking.

What kind of writer are you? Take the quiz!

When faced with a writing assignment deadline, do you (choose only one option)…

____ A. Only begin 48 hours before your deadline because you hate writing so much?

____ B. Spend hours on every page, making certain every word is exactly right before you complete another page?

—— C. Believe that procrastinating makes you more creative?

—— D. Create at least three outlines before you write a word?

—— E. Find you can’t stand writing because everything you write seems lousy?

—— F. Delay writing a sentence until you complete all your research?

—— G. Procrastinate starting every assignment, the way you postpone doing your laundry until you run out of things to wear?

—— H. Have a writing process down, including building extra time in for a “cooling off” period prior to your deadline?

—— I. Find you have trouble focusing on writing each sentence, so you just throw your thoughts on the page and hope for the best?


If you checked “A,” you are a Terrified Procrastinator: “OMG, this is due tomorrow!”

If you checked “B,” you are a Verbal Fiddler: “I spent ten minutes deciding ‘Of note’ was better than ‘notably’.”

If you checked “C,” you are an Inspired Deadbeat: “It’s late because I waited until I felt like I had all my research just right.”

If you checked “D,” you are an Outliner Extraordinaire: “What do you use after XX.A.1.a.i?”

If you checked “E,” you are a Depressed Self-Critic: “I can’t stand to write because everything sounds like crap.”

If you checked “F,” you are a Detail Obsessive: “But I can’t start writing yet! I have another 14 sources to look at!”

If you checked “G,” you are a Last-Minute Gusher: “I only spent, like, 2 hours on this last night.”

If you checked “H,” you are Balanced Producer: “I brainstorm right away, then give myself quotas for how much first- and second-draft work I produce every day.”

If you checked “I,” you are an ADD Hurler: “I hate writing, so I just thew the basic information on the page.”

If you answered A-G or I, you should definitely schedule an appointment in the Writing Studio—sooner, rather than later.