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San Jose Campus, Swisher Library: The Writer's Studio 23-24

The Bolles School San Jose Campus Swisher Library

About The Writer's Studio

The Writers’ Studio, established in 2016 with the support of an Ottenstroer grant, serves the students and faculty on the Upper School campus, providing peer to peer tutorial services for students seeking assistance with English essays, research papers, labs, projects and presentations. In addition, students may receive assistance with critical reading skills.

The studio also offers leadership opportunities for its peer consultants in various programs, working with students at multiple grade levels, mentoring young writers, and assisting faculty with peer consultant/student dialogue about writing. The studio fosters the concept of one-on-one peer tutoring for students with a desire to improve and to enhance their writing skills. Within the studio, students may receive assistance from a peer consultant or an English faculty member. The peer consultants receive guidance from the director, but the peer consultants provide the necessary support to fellow students to gain confidence in their writing skills.


Peer Consultant Bios, 23-24

Meet your 2023-2024 Writer's Studio Peer Consultants.  

My name is Katherine Asbury. Outside of class, I am a sprinter on the track team, President of The V.E.T.S. Club, and a pet sitter. My favorite aspect of writing is that each work can reveal a glimmer of the writer’s personality. When I graduate Bolles in 2024, I intend to pursue a career in which I can showcase my passion for writing.

Hi! I'm Isabel Bassin.  I'm a senior and I'm Captain of the Varsity Women's Lacrosse team.  In my free time, you can find me working at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club or relaxing on the beach with a good book.

My name is Bella Bergeron and my favorite subject is English! I am currently a senior and am taking AP Lit as my English course for the 2023-2024 school year. I love to play volleyball and am committed to Denison University to continue my academic and athletic career. I loved reading Jane Eyre and collecting books to add to my many bookshelves at home! Can’t wait to meet new faces in The Writer’s Studio!

My name is Gabe Coleman, and I've been at Bolles since second grade. I enjoy running track, critiquing movies, and raising money for the Alzheimer's Association in honor of my grandmother, Pat, who has the disease. My friends think I'm weird because I only order the classic buffalo sauce flavor when we go to Buffalo Wild Wings, but I think it's weird that they haven't figured out what they like yet. I know for a fact that I like writing, though, so I'm very excited to be working in the studio this year.

My name is Millicent Fox. I have been at Bolles since 9th grade, and I throw the javelin for the Track and Field team. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends, and I really enjoy reading for fun! I'm so excited to see everyone in The Writer's Studio!


My name is Isa Landa and I am in 12th grade. I’ve been singing in chorus for 7 years and absolutely love all types of music. I also love the outdoors and hiking in National Parks. I’m so excited to work with everyone!


Hi! My name is Reagan Lane and I’m a senior. I have been at Bolles since 7th grade, and I’ve been playing softball for 7 years. Outside of school, I love going to the beach and playing with my two English bulldogs. I enjoy writing and am excited to work with everyone this year!


Peer Consultant Expectations

What Should I Expect From My Tutor?

  • To communicate clearly, respectfully, and honestly with you
  • To work collaboratively with you to move through the writing process
  • To help you learn and/or implement strategies to improve your writing
  • To provide you with context-specific feedback
  • To give you a reader’s perspective on your writing
  • To be a peer consultant that learns with you, not the teacher

What Should I Not Expect From My Tutor?

  • To write your essay/project/research/lab report for you
  • To proofread your paper
  • To be an expert in the subject of your paper/project/research/lab report
  • To tutor you outside the scheduled shifts or official hours
  • To be trained as reading specialists or research librarians 
  • To share personal contact information
  • To grade or comment on a possible grade for your paper/project/research/lab report

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Writing Templates

Find templates for assignments by looking under their subject tab.  For example, if you are looking for a Biology Lab Report format, click the Science tab.