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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.

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


The Writing Centre offers workshops on a regular basis to improve your English academic writing skills. All workshops will take place online via Zoom.


  • Date to be announced: Structure: text organisation and structure, paragraph structure, coherence. 
  • Date to be announced: Common writing errors (frequent grammar, vocabulary and punctuation errors and how to correct them)


Writing Centre Thesis Week

Are you currently working on your thesis?

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? Do you need an incentive to work regularly and effectively? Join our Thesis Week and benefit from the advice and support of a Writing Centre tutor and a small group of other students who are in the same boat.

You will work together in small groups of four students and one Writing Centre tutor. You will meet your group online twice a day to make a plan for the day, discuss your progress, and get advice and support. Throughout the week you will also have the opportunity to ask your tutor questions individually.

All students are welcome: the only requirement is that you are currently working on your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.

I am afraid our Thesis Week from 6-10 July is now fully booked. Please check back often as new dates are regularly added to our website.

Are you writing your thesis in Dutch, or would you prefer a Dutch-speaking thesis group? Visit the Schrijfcentrum page: www.uva.nl/schrijfcentrum.

No availability at a time that suits you?

Check back here regularly or send us an email at writingcentre@uva.nl 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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