Writing Support


All the best intentions and brilliant ideas in the world are for naught if they aren’t communicated clearly. In fact, in an era when think tanks have become content creators, public services use texts and tweets to help their target populations, and blogs and social media are major fundraising tools, clear, smart, engaging communications are essential in any public servant’s toolkit. As such, NYU Wagner provides a variety of services to support students as they strive for excellence in their written and verbal expressions.

Writing Tutors

NYU Wagner provides writing tutors free of charge to assist students—in person or online—with their writing assignments. Beyond a general expertise in writing skills, NYU Wagner Writing Tutors specialize in public policy-specific formats and can assist students at any point in their writing process—from initial concept brainstorming and mid-paper writer’s block, to first draft clarity and coherence checks and final draft line edits. Email appointments are a fantastic way to get extensive feedback on a deep read of your paper. In-person and video chat appointments are best used as a way to talk through a writing block, an organizational issue or something else.To make an appointment with an NYU Wagner Writing Tutor:

To make an appointment with an NYU Wagner Writing Tutor:

  1. Visit the NYU Wagner Writing Tutor Google Calendar and select an available time slot.
  2. In the “Description” field of appointment indicate whether you’d like to conduct the appointment via email, video chat or in person. Please note that time slots indicated as “Online Only” are for email or video chat appointments only.
  3. Click “Save”.
  4. If applicable, a writing tutor will contact you to arrange the video chat, otherwise…
  5. Email your paper to the writing tutors at wagner.writingtutors@nyu.edu prior to your appointment. Papers will be read during the appointment time. Students who selected an email appointment should receive an email back by the end of their appointment time with general feedback in the body of the email and specific comments in Track Changes in a version of the paper attached to the email.
  6. Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary.

Tutoring Schedule 2017

Times are subject to change with more time slots added around midterms and finals.

Mondays 12:300pm to 3:30pm (Online only)

Tuesdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm (Adjunct Office 3047 or Online); 5:30pm to 7:30pm (Online Only)

Wednesdays 9:30am to 12:30pm (Adjunct Office 3047 or Online)

Thursdays 11am to 2:00pm (Adjunct Office 3047 or Online)

Students must make appointments via http://bit.ly/wgnrtutorstimes

Writing Courses

Wagner offers two sections of a six-week, non-credit writing refresher, with a specific focus on public policy writing formats, in the fall and spring semesters. Students can register for NONCR-GP 907, Professional Writing in Albert. Section 1 of the Professional Writing course runs for the first half of the semester. Section 2 runs during two consecutive—and intensive--Saturdays.

Professional Writing 

(A fundamental writing skills class geared toward English as a Foreign Language students and less-than-confident writers)

2017-18 Schedule:

NONCR-GP 907 (001): six consecutive Fridays, 9am to 10:40am; September 15 - October 20

NONCR-GP 907 (002): two consecutive Saturdays, 10am to 1:40pm; November 4 & November 11

Writing Skills Series

The School offers a series of 90-minute writing lectures throughout the semester. Each lecture focuses on a specific academic or public policy writing issue.

Memo Writing Boot Camp

Friday, September 8, 11am - 12:30pm in the Rudin Forum. RSVP required. 

International Students Guide to Navigating Writing at Wagner

Friday, September 15, 11:30am - 12:30pm in the Mulberry Conference Room.

Policy Memo & Other Writing Resources

Memo About Policy Memos

Sample Policy Memos

Memo Writing Video Series (via NYU Stream)

Style Guides, Citations & Avoiding Plagiarism (via NYU Stream)


NYU's Division of Libraries Andrew Battista provides guidance to Wagner students with regards to research methods, literature reviews, data qualitative and quantitative research software packages and more. He holds office hours at Wagner every other Thursday from 4-6pm in the Puck Building, Office 3045 (on the third floor). For more information, including links to subject specialty guides, click here.


All students are expected to pursue and meet the highest standards of academic excellence by adhering to the norms of a serious intellectual community (see Academic Code). This includes the proper citation of ideas, data and published work of others. The following resources serve as a guide for students who are unclear about the rules or styles of citation. These references are universally recognized as acceptable by scholars and very adequately demonstrate how students should handle the issue of proper citation of material. All are available at the NYU Library or NYU Bookstores.

  • Visit the NYU Libraries Citation Style Guide
  • American Psychological Association. Publication Manual. 6th Edition. Washington: APA, 2010. 272 pages. Bobst Library, 9th Floor Reference BF76.7.P83 2010
  • Chicago Manual of Style. 15th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. 956 pages. Bobst Library, Reference Z253.U69 2003
  • Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA, 2009. 292 pages. Bobst Library, Reference LB2369.G53 2009
  • Turabian, Kate. Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 6th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Bobst Library, Reference LB2369.T8 1996 

In addition to these manuals, below are several websites to help you learn about appropriate citations and writing research papers:


The Writing Center NYU’s general writing support center. It is a place where one-on-one teaching and learning occurs, and where the work always focuses on writing. Experienced consultants assist NYU students, faculty and staff with their work at any stage in the writing process.  They work with individuals on essays, lab reports, personal statements, poems, stories and other written texts. Writers may schedule one appointment per week, up to two weeks ahead of time, using their online scheduling system. A second weekly appointment is available on a walk-in basis. Appointments normally are 45 minutes in length.

The Writing Center is a part of NYU's Expository Writing Program. It is located at 411 Lafayette, 3rd floor. The phone # is (212) 998-8866. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please go to NYU Writing Center's website.