How Intensive Writing Works
Intensive Writing courses balance a focus on process (practicing methods of planning, drafting, and revising) and product (studying how strong academic writing works in a variety of contexts). Writing assignments will usually include both short exercises or journals to practice a particular skill and formal essays that ask students to apply those skills in response to a prompt or a reading. Students will receive frequent instructor and peer feedback. While Intensive Writing courses may have different themes, all courses focus mainly on writing itself and aim to support students as they develop their academic writing voices and college-level writing processes.
Students may also visit the Writing Center if they would like support with their writing, whether or not they are enrolled in an Intensive Writing class. At the Writing Center, students engaged in writing, reading, and public speaking may consult with a staff of professional writing and speaking associates. At any stage in your creative and intellectual process, associates can share strategies, offer feedback, and coach on revision and presentation. Writing Center services are open to all current Amherst College students and to Five-College students in support of their work for Amherst College classes. Book a consultation on the Writing Center's online scheduler.