Write right: a look at the SHPRS writing studio


Rachel Bunning

So many resources are available to the student body at ASU and some are made just for the discipline you are in. The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has many options for students to get the help they need, including the SHPRS Writing Studio.


Located in Coor Hall room 3311, the Studio aims to help student’s academic writing by developing critical writing skills such as planning a paper, editing and formatting an argument. Travis Rosenlieb, the tutor at the Studio, focuses on individualized appointments for students to develop the skills they require for achieving academic success. In order to best support each student, the Studio is able to aid in any step of the writing process so it is never too late to go get help.


Rosenlieb is able to help students plan or outline papers, develop a thesis, form a valid argument, edit rough drafts and give general writing advice. No matter what someone may be struggling with, they will be able to support them into bringing their skills to the next level.


Travis Rosenlieb is a second-year MA student in the philosophy program. He is excited to help students strengthen their writing skills.


My favorite part of tutoring is watching an idea click,” said Rosenlieb. “That feeling of wonder when the last piece of a tough mental puzzle slides into place is a great one. Being able to help students reach that point is always worth the effort.”


Rosenlieb understands that writing can be a challenge for many students. Going through school, he sought help from many instructors and advisors. The help he received has given him the confidence and analytic skills he has today.  He recognizes that being a good writer takes more than just looking at grammar and formatting.


“Being a good writer in this context means getting a deep understanding of arguments and being able to convey your own thoughts in an effective manner,” said Rosenlieb. “I think those skills have impact far beyond getting a good grade on an essay; I know they've had a tremendous effect in my own life. I look forward to the opportunity I have now to extend those skills to other students in the way they were extended to me.”


In fact, many professors and lecturers are fans of the Studio and suggest for their students to make appointments, especially if you are in the beginning stages of your major. Philosophy Lecturer, Jeffrey Watson, always proposes for his students to go at least twice.


“I would say it is best to visit at least twice,” Watson said. “The first time is good for them to just go and talk through ideas and plan out a strategy, and the the second time to revise and look at the structure more.”


Watson finds writing to be an important skill to have, especially in philosophy, the subject he teaches.


“The main way we communicate is through words,” Watson said. “Philosophy is complex and being able to communicate ideas and theories well is not always easy. I believe writing is one of the best ways to practice that skill. Many students look at being able to write well as having good grammar, but it’s much more work than that.”


Upon sending his students to the studio, he is always able to notice an improvement with his student’s writing and drafts of papers, as well as some clarity in their thinking.


Students who are interested in visiting, should make appointments here. The Studio will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.


Appointments will be tethered to the specific needs of the students, and those who are going should bring the materials needed at the time. Materials can include: the requirements for the assignment and any notes or outlines the student has, a draft of the assignment or just something to take notes on. Please note that the Studio requests to have drafts one business day before the appointment to ensure they have time to read them and prepare comments. However, if a student isn't able to do that, they are still happy to talk to them about their paper.