Writing Center

Make An Appointment with Navigate
Students can now use Navigate to schedule appointments at the Writing Center!
For details, please click here.


The Writing Center is open

for online and in-person appointments

through May 12

for the Spring 2023 semester.


For the summer sessions,

May 30 - August 18,

tutoring is available

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: online and in-person


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: online only


Writing Center tutors are available in person and online to help students achieve their writing goals at any stage of their writing process. All currently enrolled degree-seeking students are welcome, and they can work on essays, artist statements, application materials, presentation texts, theses, proposals, creative writing, or social media posts. Our tutors are kind, encouraging, and interested! 

Though drop-ins are welcome, the best way to guarantee an appointment is to schedule one in Navigate. Once you create an appointment, you will be emailed instructions with directions for working with your tutor online or in person.

If you have any questions, or need help making an appointment, stop by the Writing Center on the 10th floor of Lakeview, call us at 312-499-4138, or email wcenter@saic.edu. A front desk assistant will be happy to assist you during our open hours.


Group photo of writing center staff

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers free, fifty-minute writing tutorials through the Writing Center. Tutors are available to assist all currently enrolled students with any stage of the writing process.

Students may work with tutors on the following:

  • Interpreting writing prompts, essay questions, & application leads
  • Brainstorming & getting started
  • Creating artist statements
  • Making claims & arguments
  • Developing ideas
  • Strengthening organization
  • Improving writing style
  • Clarifying language
  • Addressing Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), American Psychological Association (APA) style, & Modern Language Association (MLA) style questions
  • Citing references
  • Correcting basic grammar, spelling, & punctuation


At the Writing Center, our work is individualized, while our scope is global. Everyone is welcome.

We use close observation, careful listening, and honest response while we encourage impassioned engagement, deliberate language, and thoughtful action. Students' ideas hold sway.

We embrace works in progress and what they demand from us: that we must allow false starts, address our biases, research facts, bring evidence to light, and hear alternate arguments before we make claims. Messiness is essential.

We encourage striving beyond safe conclusions, and we accept that discomfort is necessary to reach meaningful understanding. Openness is key.

We believe that relationships—between individuals listening to and asking hard questions of each other—form the basis of personal transformations and meaningful social change. Learning happens together.