Barrett Writing Center

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Director: Dagmar Van Engen, Ph.D.

The Barrett Writing Center in Tempe and Downtown offers one-to-one writing tutoring exclusively for Honors students. The BWC is designed for students enrolled in the Honors College's core classes: HON 171, HON 272, and HON 370. Barrett students working on their Honors Thesis or working on a scholarship application may also utilize this writing resource. Barrett students who are earning honors credits in disciplinary courses should take advantage of the ASU Writing Center. The Barrett Writing Center is directed by Honors faculty and staffed by Honors students who have completed the Human Event/History of Ideas classes, and received training to work at the BWC.

Appointments are available in person and on Zoom. See availability when signing-up for an appointment (below). For all in-person appointments face masks are required.

Tempe Location: Honors Hall 240
Downtown Location: Mercado, Barrett Suite, Rm 112

Barrett students, please make an appointment below.

Schedule Appointment (Barrett Students ONLY)

For non-Barrett students, or non-HON courses, please visit the ASU Writing Center.

If you need to change or cancel an appointment, please be sure to log in to the appointment system and click on My Appointments to reschedule or cancel your appointment.

Students may schedule up to one hour of tutoring per day and a maximum of 4 hours per week. Multiple missed appointments will cancel your scheduling privileges.

Core Values of the BWC

  1. We work to help students improve as writers or improve their writing process
  2. The BWC is open to everyone at Barrett and is not just for students who are struggling
  3. We want to inspire confidence in the writers who come in for tutoring – we begin with what is working in a paper
  4. The BWC is a peer-to-peer tutoring center which makes it accessible and flexible
  5. Barrett courses are interdisciplinary, as is the student body, and the BWC reflects this in the diverse majors of the tutors and our approach to writing
  6. Writing should be accessible to people of all backgrounds and circumstances
  7. The BWC tutors approach the tutoring process from the perspective of a student, a peer, and a reader.
  8. The BWC believes in the writing process as a tool to foster knowledge through human connection and collaboration.

What to Bring

  • Your most recent draft, including outlines, quotations you plan to use, or other notes
  • Your assignment instructions
  • Paper-writing guidelines provided by your professor
  • The text(s) you are using for the paper
  • Previous drafts of the paper and/or previous papers graded by your professor


If you are having trouble signing up for an appointment, have any questions or comments, or if you or your organization would like to request tutors to take part in a special group workshop or event, please contact Dr. Van Engen directly at

Become a tutor at the Barrett Writing Center.