Murphy Writing Center

The Murphy Writing Center offers Murphy students one-to-one help on any writing project, at any stage of the writing process.

One of just a few writing centers in the country designed specifically to meet the needs of working adults, the Murphy Writing Center is staffed by professional consultants who encourage your work and help you build on your strengths.

Starting in Fall ’17, there are now four ways to connect with consultants, all of which you can sign up for at https://murphy.mywconline.com.

In-person appointments. Come to the Writing Center to meet with a consultant face-to-face.

Phone appointments. Phone appointments are a good option for lunch (or dinner) hour consultations. When you sign up, check the box next to “I would like to conduct this session be telephone.”

Online sessions. To schedule an online chat session, select the option “Yes – Schedule Online Appointment.” When it is time for your appointment (or a few minutes before), log onto murphy.mywconline.com, open your appointment, and click on “Start or join online consultation.”

Written Feedback. Send us your paper, along with a few questions you’d like us to address, and we will reply within three business days. To sign up for a written feedback session, select to the “Written Feedback” calendar on murphy.mywconline.com.

In-person, phone and online appointments last 45 minutes to allow consultants time to write session records.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

The Murphy Writing Center is located at the Murphy Institute in Manhattan, at 25 W. 43rd Street. We are on the 19th floor, directly across from the computer lab.

Our Queens College site is located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard.

When are you open?

We are open Monday-Thursday evenings from 4pm-7pm or 4pm-8pm. In FA’17, we will also be open several Saturdays.

Additionally, we are open for lunch hour consultations from 12pm-2pm on weekdays; and on from 12-5 on Friday afternoons. Please check our online scheduler for appointment availability.

Do I need an appointment to meet with a consultant?

Not necessarily. Clients can walk in and meet with a consultant if one is available, although we are frequently completely booked. Thus, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment at least two to three days in advance. All of our sessions start on the hour and last 45 minutes, so it is best to come in a little before the hour begins.

How can I make an appointment?

The best way to make an appointment is to log in to our online scheduler. You can also email murphywritingcenter@sps.cuny.edu or call 212 642 2014.

My main problem is with reading. Can I still come?

Yes! Our consultants are skilled at helping writers manage difficult readings and/or heavy reading loads.

I’m stuck on my assignment. Can I come in without a paper?

Yes! You can come at any stage of your writing process, including before you have even started drafting. In a Writing Center, “I don’t know what I’m doing here” can actually be a good place to start.

Can I show you my resume/cover letter/grant proposal?

Yes. We are here to support any kind of writing you are working on.

What should I do if I can’t make it to my appointment?

Please give us a call or go online at least one hour before your scheduled appointment so that your session is available for other students. If you don’t cancel an hour in advance or just don’t show up for your appointment, you will be marked as a “no-show.”

What happens when I am marked as a “no-show”?

If you are marked as a “no-show” twice, you receive a warning. If, somehow, you are marked as a “no-show” a third time, your online access to our scheduler is disabled for 30 days.

Interested in how other Murphy writers have balanced their coursework with other commitments? Check out these tips from Murphy Institute students.

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