Writing Center

Amherst College is a community of scholars and artists. Informed by our own experience and reflection, as well as by our interactions with scholars and artists around the world and throughout time, we aim to gain the sort of understanding with which we can “illuminate the earth” through effective communication.

The Writing Center was originally established to help members of our community to communicate their experiences and insights effectively through the written word.  Recently, we broadened our mission to include the spoken word as well. Whether you are a student working on a paper or presentation for a class, a novelist giving a public reading of your most recent work, or a professor seeking to design an effective writing or speaking assignment, we are eager to talk with you.

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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. Our 45-minute appointments may be booked in our online scheduler.

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.