Introducing: Writing Center Shorts!

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Writing Center Shorts are 20-minute appointments that are bookable only one day in advance. Book a Short in our online scheduler, choosing Shorts! from the drop-down menu at the top. Shorts are held in Frost Library and the Science Center between 9-10am and 5-6pm starting April 15th.

Let's talk about your writing.

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Writing Consultations

The Writing Center can help you to brainstorm, organize, revise, or reflect on your writing. Schedule a meeting at any stage in your writing process. Both regular (45-minute) appointments, and our next-day, 20-minute Shorts (starting April 15) may be booked in our online scheduler.

Make an Appointment

All current Amherst College students, staff, and faculty may visit the Writing Center to discuss any writing or public speaking project, from a course assignment to a thesis, a short story to a personal statement. Five-College students may make an appointment to discuss work for an Amherst College class.

Public Speaking

Meet with the Associate in Public Speaking, Susan Daniels, to plan, revise, and rehearse your presentation, or to learn strategies for relaxing and gaining confidence in front of a live audience. To schedule a consultation, either book online on TimeTrade or email Susan


Schedule a meeting at any stage in your writing process with any member of the Writing Center staff

Please bring to your Writing Center appointment:

  • A copy of the assignment or writing prompt (for a class assignment or application essay)
  • Two printed copies of your work-in-progress (for example, a draft, notes, or outline)

To discuss a draft longer than 8 pages: you may schedule two appointments and email your draft to the writing associate before the first appointment. 

Please mark your appointment on your calendar and allow at least 24 hours notice if you must cancel or reschedule.

If you have any questions about the Writing Center or its online scheduler, please contact director Jessica Kem at