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HIW Writing Lab

Welcome to the Writing Lab, where the HIW helps students write philosophy in English.

Whether you have a basic outline or a polished draft, our writing tutors are available to meet and discuss your writing in a collaborative and forward-thinking way. So we invite you to browse this page, and then to contact us at Writing.Lab@hiw.kuleuven.be

What the writing tutors do

HIW writing tutors can help you free of charge at any stage of the writing process: from outlining a presentation to finalizing a thesis, from clarifying a question to developing a conclusion. Feel free to make an appointment if you would like to discuss your

  • Oral Presentation
  • Term Paper
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Thesis
  • Citations and Bibliography
  • Personal Statement
  • CV or Resumé

What the writing tutors don’t do

While every session at the Writing Lab is tailored to individual students and their writing projects, our tutors

  • Never Give Marks.
    Your professor, and only your professor, will decide how well a piece of writing satisfies an assignment. We may want to discuss the nature of your assignment, but cannot even speculate when it comes to your “marks.”
     
  • Never Proofread.
    Our sessions are collaborative, and have the long-term goal of making you a more effective writer in English. While we are happy to discuss vocabulary, phrasing and so on, our primary goal is to help you engage in the process of writing philosophy in English, not just to “correct” what you have written.

Who can book a session?

Any student at the HIW can book a session at the HIW Writing Lab.

Sessions are free of charge!

How do you book a session?

To schedule an appointment, write to us at Writing.Lab@hiw.kuleuven.be
In your email, briefly indicate

  • What sort of assignment you are working on (oral presentation, term paper, thesis, etc.)
  • What stage of writing you would like to discuss (outline, first draft, revisions, final draft)
  • Which date and time you would prefer to have your session
  • Quickly, try to give us some idea of what you would like to work on during your session (planning, vocabulary, structure, bibliography, etc.)
  • Also feel free to attach a copy of the document you are working on, although our writing tutors may be unable to review it before your session.

Sessions at the Writing Lab take place at the HIW, and last for approximately 45 minutes. Our tutors will respond to your email within 48 hours to suggest a date, time, and location for your session, but it is important for you to schedule a session as soon as possible.

What should you bring to a session?

When you meet with a tutor, you should bring

  • A printed copy of your paper
  • Something to write with
  • Something to write on
  • A course description or an assignment sheet (if applicable)

Who are the HIW writing tutors?

  • Brian Garcia is a doctoral candidate at the HIW, where he received his MPhil in 2012.
  • Joel Hubick is a doctoral candidate at the HIW, where he received his MA and MPhil in 2011 and 2012.