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Writing Coaching

In a 45-minute meeting with a writing coach, you will discuss one-to-one how to improve your writing skills, usually (but not necessarily) on the basis of a text you are currently working on.

In the individual coaching conversation of 45 minutes you can zoom in exactly on what you need or have questions about. Everything you discuss remains between you and the coach. The conversation can take place physically or online. If you wish, you can also send your writing coach a piece of text in advance, which you can then discuss together during the meeting.

You can book an appointment via our booking system by clicking on the button below. The appointment is for a first session (duration: 45 minutes). A follow-up session can be scheduled later.

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Practical information

For whom?
For all students of the Faculty of Humanities in Leiden and The Hague.

By whom?
Our writing coaches are students of the Humanities faculty who work for the Writing Lab. They are trained as writing coaches by us.

You can choose for an online appointment or at one of our locations in Leiden or The Hague.

It costs nothing! A conversation at the Writing Lab is completely free

One-time only?
You can come back up to five times per writing assignment. This way you can discuss different aspects of a text with a tutor, or discuss your progress during different stages of the writing process.

Which language?
The discussion can be held in Dutch or English. International students are welcome!


You can come to us for tips and strategies on virtually all aspects of academic writing, such as:

  • Formulating a research question
  • Delineating your research
  • An academic writing style
  • Structuring paragraphs
  • Making a schedule
  • Improve your writing style
  • Incorporating feedback from your tutor
  • Constructing your text
  • And much more!

What does a writing coach offer?

  • Questions: A writing coach asks you many questions during a conversation. This will give you more insight into how you can improve your own text and the writing process.
  • Tips: The writing coach will also give you tips, for example about the structure of a paper, formulating a research question, or making a schedule.
  • Referral: A writing coach can help you find a suitable workshop, tool or training course within the Academic Language Centre. However, we can help you with language-related matters such as academic style and sentence structure.

What can a writing coach not help with?

  • Text correction: A Writing Lab coach wants to support you in working on your text yourself. Therefore they cannot proofread your text for you.
  • Subject matter: A writing coach is not an expert in the field of your research. If you have any questions about the subject matter, you should ask your tutor or a
  • Spelling and grammar: The writing coach is not a language teacher. To help you with spelling and grammar we will refer you to other possibilities.
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