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Summer Hours

Mon-Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thurs-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Compression Session Hours

Mon-Tuesday: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Thurs-Friday: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


813-974-8293


Schedule an Appointment

All active USF students, faculty, and staff may schedule Writing Studio appointments. Because the schedule fills up quickly, please schedule appointments in advance to secure your preferred time. Additionally, please note the following:

  • Writers may only schedule two appointments per week.
  • Writers may not schedule two back-to-back appointments.
  • For all scheduled appointments, if you do not arrive by :10 past the hour, your appointment may be given to another writer.

If you are unable to come to your scheduled session:

  • Please call us at (813) 974-8293 or visit us in person on the second floor of the Library to cancel at least 24 hours in advance; appointments CANNOT be canceled online or by email.
  • Students that miss three appointments may lose their Writing Studio privileges for the remainder of the current semester.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, the missed appointment counts as one of your three missed appointments (see previous bullet).
  • Please be aware that canceled appointments count toward the Studio’s two-appointments-per-week allowance.

Click below to find out more about our various sessions:

Standard

Standard, face-to-face consultations are 50-minute, one-on-one appointments that focus on a single, or at most two, assignment(s) or document(s). Any writer with an active USF U# (student, faculty, or staff) can schedule a face-to-face consultation.

  • How long is it?
    • up to 50 minutes
    • appointments only begin at the top of the hour
  • What should I bring?
    • your assignment sheet or writing guidelines
    • any rubric, if applicable
    • any feedback you’ve already received
    • 2 printed copies of your document
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 50-minute appointments
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • one session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages
  • How do I schedule a consultation?
    • in person: stop in the Writing Studio, located on the second floor of the USF Library during regularly scheduled Writing Studio hours
    • over the phone: call the Writing Studio at (813) 974-8293
    • online through Accudemia:

Online

Online consultations are 50-minute, one-on-one appointments held via Skype that focus on a single, or at most two, assignment(s) or document(s). Writers must meet certain criteria (listed below) to qualify for online consultations. **Due to limited resources for online consultations, you should schedule these at least two weeks in advance.

  • How long is it?
    • up to 50 minutes
    • Consultations only begin at the top of the hour, though you should log in and begin your Hangout or Skype session at least 15 minutes before the hour begins.
    • Please note: all consultation times are EST.
  • What should I share with my consultant prior to my consultation?
    • your assignment sheet or writing guidelines
    • any rubric, if applicable
    • any feedback you’ve already received
    • a copy of your document or a blank document in which to work
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 50-minute consultations
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding project guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • One session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages.
  • How do I schedule an online consultation?
    • be a USF study-abroad student, faculty, or staff or reside outside the Tampa Bay area. (Tampa campus students can reasonably be expected to attend in-person consultations at the Writing Studio.)
    • possess a valid Skype account and demonstrate proficiency in Skype.
    • have reliable access to the Internet in a quiet atmosphere conducive to online chatting.
    • If you do meet the criteria above, please call the Writing Studio to request a consultation. A confirmation email with further instructions will be sent to your USF gmail account. Please read this email thoroughly in order to be prepared for your session.
    • If you do not meet the criteria above, please note that SMARTHINKING, a writing consulting service contracted by USF, offers asynchronous, online writing support that is free to all currently enrolled USF students, faculty, or staff.

Compression Sessions

Compression Sessions are 5-25 minute sessions that do not require an appointment. They are ideal for writers who are brainstorming about an assignment or who have specific questions about a specific section of their document. Any writer with an active USF U# (student, faculty, or staff) can drop in for a Compression Session.

  • How long is it?
    • 5 to 25 minutes
  • What should I bring?
    • your assignment sheet or writing guidelines
    • any rubric, if applicable
    • any feedback you’ve already received
    • 2 printed copies of your document
    • a specific question or section on which you would like the session to focus
  • What should I expect?
    • ideal for writers who:
      • have specific questions about a specific section of their document.
      • have questions about citation practices or formatting.
      • are in the brainstorming stages of a writing project.
      • are working on a short document (1-3 pages).
    • Since Compression Sessions do not require an appointment and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, they are ideal for writers who are seeking immediate, in-process feedback.
    • Compression Sessions do not count as part of the Studio’s two-appointments-per-week policy; however, please be considerate of the needs of other writers in the space.
    • Writers cannot attend back-to-back sessions.
  • How do I schedule a Compression Session?
    • Compression Sessions do not require an appointment and are only first-come, first served

iSessions

iSessions are similar to standard consultations but are iPad enhanced.They are 50-minute, one-on-one appointments that focus on a single, or at most two, assignment(s) or document(s). iSessions use various iOS applications, such as Notability, Evernote, and others, and offer audio recordings of the session, as well as a digital document of any notes from the session that can be emailed to the writer. Any writer with an active USF U# (student, faculty, or staff) can schedule an iSession.

  • How long is it?
    • up to 50 minutes
    • Consultations only begin at the top of the hour.
  • What should I bring?
    • before the session, email your document(s) (if any) to usfisessions@gmail.com
    • a printed copy of the document(s) you email to the above address (if relevant)
    • any rubric or sheet that lists assignment criteria
    • any feedback you’ve already received
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 50-minute consultations that use an iPad and a Collaboration Station
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding project guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • use of various iOS applications to project your document, rubric, and/or notes taken during the session
    • One session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages.
    • an audio recording (with your consent) and any digital document recorded in an iOS application can be emailed to you after the session
    • If you have access to Notability (available on any Apple device, including laptops, iPads, iPhones, and iPods), you can view the document in real-time.
  • How do I schedule an iSession?
    • iSessions must be scheduled in advance by one of the following ways:
      • in person: stop in the Writing Studio, located on the second floor of the USF Library during regularly scheduled Writing Studio hours
      • over the phone: call the Writing Studio at (813) 974-8293
      • iSessions CANNOT be scheduled online or by email

Embedded Tutoring

Certain USF writing-intensive classes participate in embedded tutoring. This program allots one writing consultant per class, who works closely with the students from that class on their writing assignments. Embedded tutoring requires both 50-minute, standard consultations and 5- to 25-minute Compression Sessions. Only students enrolled in classes participating in this program can sign up for embedded tutoring sessions.

  • How long is it?
    • up to 50 minutes and from 5-25 minutes
    • 50-minute consultations begin at the top of the hour.
    • 5- to 25-minute consultations may or may not begin at the top of the hour.
  • What should I bring?
    • your assignment sheet and/or writing guidelines
    • any rubric, if applicable
    • any feedback you’ve already received
    • 3 printed copies of your document
    • if your session is an iSession, before the session, writers should email documents to usfisessions@gmail.com
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 50-minute consultations and one-on-one 5- to 25-minute consultations
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding project guidelines, reading through and making sense of peer and/or instructor feedback, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • Some embedded tutoring sessions are iSessions, which are iPad-enhanced writing sessions. These provide students an audio recording (with consent from the student) and any digital document from the iSession will be emailed to students after sessions.
  • How do I schedule a consultation?
    • Embedded tutoring consultations are made in person during the second week of classes. Students in classes participating in embedded tutoring can only cancel and/or reschedule consultations with Studio coordinators by email at usfwritingstudio@gmail.com or by phone at (813) 974-8293 (ask to speak to a coordinator).

SDS

For writers who self-identify, the Writing Studio provides reasonable accommodations in line with SDS recommendations. Please contact a coordinator to set up an accommodated consultations.

  • How long is it?
    • up to 50 minutes
    • Consultations only begin at the top of the hour.
  • What should I bring?
    • your assignment sheet or writing guidelines
    • any rubric, if applicable
    • any feedback you’ve already received
    • 2 printed copies of your document
    • For certain accommodations, please provide your SDS accommodation letter.
  • What should I expect?
    • one-on-one, 50-minute consultations
    • critical discussion of organization, purpose, audience, and goals
    • depending on your needs, brainstorming, reading through and understanding project guidelines, and/or thorough reading of your document
    • one session can typically get through 3-5, double-spaced pages
    • Depending on your specific needs, we offer reduced-distraction spaces, accessible tables, and other reasonably requested accommodations.
  • How do I request an accommodation?

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