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Writing Centre

Are you studying at the UvA and do you need help with your assignment, paper, essay or thesis? The UvA Writing Centre offers various forms of academic writing support free of charge.

The Writing Centre offers courses, workshops and individual tutoring sessions for all UvA students who wish to improve their academic writing skills in English. These services are available for both native and non-native English speakers. If you are looking to improve your academic Dutch writing skills, please check out the courses offered by the Schrijfcentrum.

Thesis Week (8-12 june)

Are you struggling with working on your thesis from home during these strange times? Are you finding it hard to get started, stay motivated, and focus? Join our Thesis Week and benefit from the advice and support of a Writing Centre tutor and other students who are in the same boat!


Past workshops:

  • Common writing errors (25 November 2019, 22 January 2020)
  • Structure (4 March, 29 April 2020)

Upcoming workshops:

All workshops will take place online (via Zoom) until further notice.

  • 8 June 2020, 13:00-15:00: Common writing errors (frequent grammar, vocabulary and punctuation errors and how to correct them)

Apply for the workshop Common writing errors ( 8 June 2020, 13:00-15:00 )

Individual tutoring sessions

You can make an appointment with a Writing Centre tutor for individual help with your assignment, paper, report, essay or thesis. Our peer writing tutors are students with proven academic writing skills who have been trained to coach other students. Here are a few of the things our tutors can help you with:

  • structure
  • clarity
  • appropriate academic style
  • grammar, spelling and punctuation

Your tutor will read your draft text before your appointment, where you will discuss your text together in detail. If necessary, you can book one or more follow-up appointments.

Please note that the Writing Centre is not a proofreading or editing service. Your tutor will not correct your text for you; rather, they will try to make you more conscious of your writing style and work with you to help you improve your writing process.

Due to the current corona measures, all individual tutoring sessions will take place online, via Zoom.

Make an appointment with one of our tutors

If you are a Bachelor's student, click here to make an appointment

If you are a Master's student, click here to make an appointment

No availability at a time that suits you?

Check back here regularly or send us an email at to make an appointment.


The Writing Centre runs an Academic Writing Support course for students who failed the Academic Literacy Test at the Faculty of Humanities. The course consists of six weekly classes on academic writing, structure, style, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. The focus is on improving your writing skills through instruction and practice, as well as peer review and extensive instructor feedback. At the end of the course you will have gained confidence and experience as an academic writer.

Provided there are enough spaces left, all students are welcome to apply for this course, regardless of whether they have taken the Academic Literacy Test. Students who passed the test but would like extra writing support are also welcome to apply.

The course will run twice in the 2020-2021 academic year: in blocks 2 and 4. It is not yet possible to enrol; please check back here regularly.

Apply for Academic Writing Support

Online resources

Need help right now? Go to the Purdue Online Writing Lab, which provides an enormous number of resources on the writing process, from grammar, vocabulary and punctuation to structure, citation and argumentation.


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