The Writing Center is dedicated to supporting writing and public speaking instruction throughout the College, both independently and in collaboration with our colleagues in other instructional departments. We offer faculty and instructional staff the following services. 

Our Services

Consultations about Writing and Speaking 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 other academic support departments.

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In-class Writing and Speaking 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.

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The Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by offering occasional writing retreats during academic breaks. 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.

First Year Seminar Liaisons

The Writing Center offers a liaison program to better connect writing associates with the faculty of First Year Seminars. Liaisons can introduce the Writing Center to students, provide or arrange workshops and assignment design consultations, and to improve two-way communications between the Writing Center and the faculty in our support of first year students’ writing.


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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 workshops on writing and public speaking.

Contact Us

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

Jessica F. Kem

Jessica F. Kem

Director of the Writing Center

Jyl Gentzler

Jyl Gentzler

R. John Cooper '64 Presidential Teaching Professor of Philosophy Director of the Writing Center, Faculty Director of the Teaching and Learning Center, and Humanist Advisor

207 Cooper House