Writing Center

Writing is a cornerstone of a liberal arts education. By developing the skills and habits of mind that enable effective communication, students prepare to engage meaningfully with the world. The Writing Center empowers students to develop their own processes and voices as writers, speakers, readers, and learners.

The staff of the Writing Center stands in solidarity with the Black community. We are mourning, witnessing, and listening, and we aim to deepen our long-standing commitment to anti-racism. 
 

Summer 2020

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The Writing Center continues to operate remotely, available by email.

With the close of the Spring semester, the Writing Center shifts into summer mode, with reduced staff availability. Additionally, we will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future. Students and faculty wishing to consult with the Center may contact us at writing@amherst.edu.

Contact the Writing Center

Writing is a cornerstone of a liberal arts education. By developing the skills and habits of mind that enable effective communication, students prepare to engage meaningfully with the world. The Writing Center empowers students to develop their own processes and voices as writers, speakers, readers, and learners. Our commitment to inclusion, creativity, and rigorous intellectual engagement informs our approaches to individual consultations, group instruction, programming, and pedagogical support. [Read our full statement on mission, values, and goals here.]


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Make an Appointment

We can help you to brainstorm, organize, revise, or reflect on your writing. Schedule a meeting at any stage in your writing process. During the summer months, appointments must be booked by email, often with a few days' notice. 

Support for Writing and Speaking

At the Writing Center, a professional staff of writing and speaking associates is eager to listen to your ideas and facilitate conversations about process and pedagogy for harnessing the written and spoken word.

For Students

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We’re Located in Charles Pratt

Visit us in 101 Charles Pratt Hall. Make an appointment to visit us during the academic year: Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sunday 11 am - 8 pm.

We offer a wide variety of services for students, including individual appointments and workshops.

  • Individual Writing Appointments: Schedule a time for one-on-one conversations about a specific writing project or for sustained instruction on the writing process, English language support, writing counseling to address mental obstacles to effective writing, or honors thesis support.
  • Public Speaking Coaching: Meet with Susan Daniels to plan, revise, and rehearse a presentation, or to learn strategies for relaxing and gaining confidence in front of a live audience. Speech coaching is available for individuals or groups presenting together.  
  • Workshops: Hands-on group instruction of writing, reading, and speaking skills

Visit our student page to learn more.

For Faculty & Instructional Staff

We offer services for faculty, including in-class workshops designed to meet the writing or speaking needs of your students, pedagogical consultations, and occasional seminars on the teaching of writing. In addition, we offer occasional writing retreats during academic breaks and a liaison program to better connect writing associates with the faculty of First-Year Seminars.

Visit our faculty page to learn more.

Public Speaking

We offer individual consultation and coaching for students, faculty and staff, and faculty may request customized speaking support for their courses.

Visit our public speaking page to learn more.


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Online Resources

The following web sites present relevant advice, examples, and instruction on a broad range of writing topics, from process to genre to mechanical.