Research, Reading, & Writing Studio

The SPU Research, Reading, & Writing Studio serves current students seeking to read, write, and research better.  We come alongside students at any stage of the writing process, offering strategies for how to move forward with their own projects.

Do I need an appointment? 
No. The Studio takes drop-ins anytime we are open. You're welcome to stay and write too--make yourself at home, write, and ask one of staff if you have a question about anything writing related.

Where is the Studio?
We're on the main floor of Ames Library.

Who can use the Studio?
Any current SPU student--both undergraduate and graduate--is welcome to use the Studio.

What kind of papers do you help with? 
We can offer guidance on any paper you're working on for any class, whether WRI or HIST or BIO or SOC. We'll work alongside you to strengthen your thesis, support your claims, and cite your sources, whatever it is you're writing.

When are you open?
From week 2 to week 10 of the quarter, we're open

M       11:00 am - 4:00 pm

T, W, Th  11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 7:00-9:00 pm

F         11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Su       7:00-9:00 pm

Outside these hours, you can ask questions about research, reading, and writing at the Reference Desk.

The Studio is closed summer quarter and during finals week.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Bring as much or as little as you like.  If you have a draft of your essay, bring that.  You might also want to bring the assignment sheet and any books or research materials you've been working with.

How can I contact the Studio?
Send us an email at

How are Studio Assistants chosen?
Studio Assistants are hired in the spring for a one-year renewable appointment beginning the following fall.  All Studio Assistants take a one-credit, year-long course while on staff (WRI 2930, "Methods for Writing Assistants").  If you are interested in becoming a Studio Assistant, contact Dr. Peter Wayne Moe, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Campus Writing, at