Goals of the Writing Studio
has been a vibrant part of UMKC's writing community
for over 25 years.
Receiving funding from the College of Arts and Sciences and faculty
support from every school and department of the University, the Writing
Studio stands as proof of UMKC's commitment to Writing Across the
The Writing Studio’s mission consists of three primary objectives—all of
which are student and process centered.
objective of the Writing Studio has always been to offer quality
one-to-one tutoring to the students of UMKC. The Writing Studio staff
strives to create a safe, comfortable, and professional environment
where students can share their writing and thoughts and in turn
consistently receive meaningful attention, criticism, and instruction.
The staff of the Writing Studio approach writing according to a
hierarchy of concerns that places emphasis on ideas and the organization
and development of content rather than solely focusing on lower order
concerns, such as grammar, mechanics, and spelling. The idea of process
over product encapsulates a great deal of the philosophy of the Writing
Studio. Accordingly, the second main objective, tutor training, is a
process that extends across the academic year.
Comprehensive tutor training stands as the second primary objective of
the Writing Studio. Because the Writing Studio strives to be an active
member of the University’s learning, teaching, and research community,
the Studio is compelled to contribute to the learning experience of
undergraduate and graduate students by not only offering employment
opportunities but by providing extensive training over a variety of
topics related to tutoring, learning, and writing. Tutor training
enriches a tutor’s college experience and ultimately makes her or his
degree more valuable. Furthermore, through an emphasis on professional
development, tutors enjoy a uniquely personal environment that
encourages and nurtures participation in the fields of composition and
rhetoric and education through publication and presentation in scholarly
support services to UMKC faculty is another principal aim of the
Writing Studio. In partnership with the Writing Across the Curriculum
Program, the Writing Studio offers a number of services to assist
instructors. Consulting about syllabi and assignment design, providing
in-class workshops, and maintaining sample paper files represent some of
the ways the Writing Studio assists faculty.
Regardless of the rank or skill of the writer, the Writing Studio views
itself as the gathering place for those serious about the craft of
writing and the creation of knowledge.