The Writing Center is dedicated to supporting writing and public speaking instruction throughout the College, both independently and as part of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. We offer faculty and instructional staff the following services:

Faculty Seminar and Workshops

The faculty seminar is an eight-part discussion of strategies for meeting the challenges of improving the writing skills of our students. We also offer occasional workshops on writing and public speaking pedagogies as well as writing technologies and practices.

Consultations about Writing Instruction

Our professional associates are available for individual consultations to discuss approaches to assignment design, writing and public speaking instruction, and effective feedback and commenting. We offer a perspective on teaching that complements disciplinary expertise and classroom experience. Where appropriate, we also offer collaborative consultations with our partners in the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. Read more about consultations.

In-class writing workshops for your students

Writing Center workshops provide practical, hands-on exploration of different aspects of the writing process, from idea generation to thesis development to revision. Our public speaking workshops prepare your students to engage audiences with focus and confidence. Our associates design instruction aimed at meeting your specific pedagogical goals.  Read more about our workshops.

The Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by offering writing retreats throughout the semester and in the summer. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing, and to support a community of writers at the College.

  • This summer, we will offer a June Jump-Start retreat, a week-long July retreat, and ongoing writing accountability groups. Registration is open.
  • Twice weekly during the academic year, we host informal writing retreats on campus. Attend regularly or drop in (no registration needed).

Contact us

Faculty interested in these (or other) Writing Center services may contact our directors:

  • Jyl Gentzler, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Writing Center
  • Jessica Kem, Associate Director of the Writing Center