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 Monday–Friday. An appointment is required for individual or small-group coaching.

Writing Coach Services

  • Individual and group coaching sessions (by appointment)
  • Open hours (no appointment needed)
  • Writing groups
  • Writing workshops
  • Twitter (https://twitter.com/uaconwritecoach
  • Instagram (coming fall semester 2019)
  • Writing library

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 (in person, online [Zoom], blended)
    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 (in person and online)
    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 (in person, online [Zoom], blended)
    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. APA Style Blog - New for 7th Edition
  2. APA Style 7th Edition: What's Changed?
    Compares differences between APA 6th and 7th editions; 7th ed. was released in October 2019.
  3. APA's Academic Writer
    An online resource created by the American Psychological Association (APA), with tutorials, templates, and reference-building tools for using APA style. Fee-based but affordable.
  4. APA Website: APA Style Tutorials
  5. Basics of APA style writing; Free tutorials; Fee-based online courses ($60-$80)
  6. YouTube: What is APA Style?
    Short (4.5-minute) video; Described and explains APA format; Simple, helpful examples
  7. YouTube: How to Format a Paper in APA Style
    Shows how to make a template in APA format; Includes tutorials on automatic table of contents
  8. YouTube: Scholarly Writing and APA Formatting: The Basics
    Provides scholarly writing tips for nurses; Demonstrates APA formatting
  9. UA Libraries: Avoid Plagiarism
  10. Defines plagiarism and describes ways to use source material correctly. Provides a practice section with links to tutorials 
  11. Purdue Online Writing Lab: Avoiding Plagiarism
    Provides resources and strategies for understanding and avoiding plagiarism
  12. "Plagiarism"
    Provides resources and strategies for understanding and avoiding plagiarism
  13. "Plagiarism Awareness"
    Online workshop; Registration required
  14. “Quoting and Paraphrasing”
    Explains how to avoid plagiarism, when to paraphrase or quote, and how to quote and paraphrase a source
  15. “Understanding and Preventing Plagiarism”
    Provides resources and strategies for understanding and avoiding plagiarism; Includes clear infographics, links to outside resources, and an FAQ section
  16. SPlaT! Self-plagiarism Detector Tool
    Downloadable similarity checker tool created at the University of Arizona
  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
  7. Zotero Reference Manager
    Collect, organize, cite, and share research sources
  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