Welcome to the PAU Writing Studio


The Writing Studio at Palo Alto University (PAU) is a welcoming and supportive community of writers providing exceptional resources and guidance to students, faculty, and staff. We offer comprehensive and innovative services that support the unique needs of writers both academically and professionally in fields of counseling and psychology. The goal is to make the study and practice of writing a signature experience of a PAU education.

Our Services

Our collaborative and compassionate approach fosters a sense of belonging and connection within our community while promoting professional development and academic success.  Our vision is to promote a culture of reflective writing and self-discovery, where every writer feels empowered to explore their thoughts and emotions through the written word.

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Student Services

  • Individualized Consultations with peer writing coaches that address the specific writing needs of each student.
  • Workshops - focus on specific writing skills, such as thesis development, sentence structure, or research methods.
  • Online Resources - such as writing guides and video tutorials, that students can access at any time to reinforce their learning and improve their writing skills.


Writing Discussion Group - A weekly or monthly group meeting that provides a space for students to discuss their writing and receive feedback from their peers and writing studio staff.

Writing Workshops Series - A series of workshops that focus on different aspects of writing, such as crafting strong thesis statements, developing arguments, or writing effective introductions and conclusions.

Writing Retreat - A weekend retreat that provides students with a quiet and supportive environment to work on their writing projects, with structured writing exercises, group feedback sessions, and one-on-one consultations with peer consultants.

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Future Initiatives

Writing Consultations Day - A day dedicated to offering free, drop-in writing consultations with peer consultants and writing studio staff.

Writing Bootcamp -  A multi-day intensive writing workshop that provides students with structured guidance and feedback to help them complete a writing project, such as a research paper or thesis.

Open Mic Night - An evening event that invites students to share their writing with a supportive audience, with opportunities for feedback and discussion

Robert Randolph, PhD at The Writers Studio of Palo Alto University
Robert Randolph, Jr., PhD | Workshop Director

Robert Randolph, Jr., PhD (he/him) is a vernacular scholar from Eastern North Carolina. He has held appointments at North Carolina A&T State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, American University, and Shaw University. His research and teaching interests include writing center studies, socio-cultural foundations of education, and Black feminist and queer rhetorics and pedagogies. His writing center scholarship can be found in The Writing Center Journal and Composition Studies. His notable publications include “The Queer Poetics of Social Justice: Literacy, Affect(ion), and the Critical Pedagogical Imperative” and “Shifting the Talk: Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Feminism at HBCUs.” His most recent project titled “A Grammar of Willfulness: On Writing Centers, Critical Marginality, and the Feminist Killjoy” employs willfulness (persistence, obstinance, stubbornness, and unruliness) and ‘the feminist killjoy” trope as reading devices for current writing center research and practice. Randolph holds an MA in English and African American Literature from North Carolina A&T State University and a PhD in Educational and Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.