Writing Coaching

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Leslie Dupont, PhD

With a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English and 30 years of teaching, writing, and editing experience, Leslie has worked with populations from across disciplines and backgrounds in education and the private sector. She has published two textbooks, Writing Cornerstones: Paragraphs in Context (2002) and Writing Keystones: Essays and Research (2003). Her professional interests include communities of practice, online learning, and alternative academics.

Leslie Dupont, PhD, is the College of Nursing Writing Coach. She works directly with Nursing students, staff, and faculty on scholarly and professional writing in order to strengthen skills in this area.

General availability is Tuesday–Friday, 8:00am-7:00pm AZ time. An appointment is required for individual or small-group coaching.

Writing Coach Services

Contact Information

Leslie Dupont, PhD
University of Arizona College of Nursing
1305 N Martin Ave, Room 112
Tucson, AZ 85721-0203

Email: ldupont@arizona.edu
Phone: 520-626-5118

Student Coaching Services

  • Group Coaching (online by Zoom)
    Group coaching involves my meeting with 3 to 10 students as a facilitator for approximately two hours. We will discuss and share writing, brainstorm ideas, practice revision and peer-feedback strategies, and address perceived challenges related to writing. Groups can be held on Zoom, in person, or a blend of both.
  • Individual Coaching (online by Zoom)
    Email or call me if you would like to set up a time to meet with me one-on-one to discuss your writing. I’m not an editor; I’m a coach—a facilitator. This means that I’ll help you identify and revise error patterns; guide you in improving clarity; and work with you on generating ideas, getting that first draft out, improving organization and/or content, and using APA style. 
  • Open Hours (online by Zoom)
    I generally hold open hours several times a week for two or three hours at a time. In-person locations vary, but I post them on Twitter weekly and by email monthly. Online participation is via Zoom. Click here to get Zoom link (NetID required).

Faculty & Staff Coaching Services

  • Facilitated Writing Groups
  • Individual Coaching
  • Open Hours
  • Focus Groups
  • Faculty Writing Workshops
  • Class Presentations

Writing Resources

  1. YouTube: APA Manual 7th Edition: 17 Most Notable Changes (Scribbr)
    A short (4:52 minutes), upbeat video that briefly describes the changes from APA 6th ed. to APA 7th ed.
  2. Video: APA 7th Quick Tour (Accessible to UArizona Community Only)
    A (7:22 minutes) video that reviews commonly used sections in the APA 7th ed. Manual
  3. APA Style Blog - 7th Edition
    In-depth answers by the APA experts to APA style questions
  4. Video: Paraphrasing (Accessible to UArizona Community Only)
    A short (3:16 minutes) video that describes five simple steps to paraphrasing effectively
  5. Video: Paraphrasing Demonstration (Accessible to UArizona Community Only)
    A short (6:06 minutes) video demonstrating how to paraphrase a passage from a scholarly journal article
  6. UA Libraries: Avoid Plagiarism
    Defines plagiarism and describes ways to use source material correctly. Provides a practice section with links to tutorials 
  1. Crossref Research Site
    Helps users find and cite articles
  2. EasyBib Citation Generator
    Provides APA formatting tips
  3. EndNote Reference Manager
    Formats bibliographies; Searches for full-text for references.
  4. AHSL Endnote
    EndNote training videos and free workshops
  5. YouTube: EndNote
    EndNote Training Videos
  6. PERRLA Formatting Program
    Automatic formatting in APA and MLA styles ($49.95 annual subscription)
  7. Zotero Reference Manager
    Collect, organize, cite, and share research sources
  8. APA's Academic Writer
    Tutorials, formatted paper templates, and reference-building tools for using APA style ($94.99 annual subscription)
  1. "ESL Instructors and Students"
    Resources and Handouts
  2. UsingEnglish
    Specializes in ESL resources
  3. "Writing (and More) Resources"
    Section on multilingual resources
  1. Editage Insights
    Short (4.5-minute) video with tips for improving academic writing
  2. English Grammar Online
    Grammar references and exercises; How to write English texts
  3. GrammarBook
    Links to English usage resources; Extensive grammar and punctuation resources
  4. Grammarly Online Proofreader
    Free; Automated feedback on grammar, style, spelling, and plagiarism
  5. Pearson Writer
    Mobile app; Writing and research support; Checks grammar and style, makes suggestions
  6. Purdue Online Writing Lab 
    Writing and citation materials for students and teachers; APA documentation, grammar, clarity, revision, and additional writing resources; Writing tutorials and handouts
  7. YouTube: Socratica Online
    Short (1-5 minute) videos; Grammar, punctuation, spelling; clarification of hard-to-remember English rules
  8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Writing Center
    Links to multiple writing resources; Tips and tools
  9. Writer’s Handbook,University of Wisconsin – Madison: The Writing Center
    Resources for academic and professional writing; writing process and structure; improving writing style, grammar and punctuation; and citing references 
  1. THINK TANK
    Tutoring (academic skills, writing, math, and more)
  2. University of Arizona Libraries
  3. Writing Efficiency Sessions (sponsors: UArizona Graduate Center, Postdoctoral Affairs, and Think Tank)
  4. Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP)