Introducing: Writing Center Shorts!

hand holding watch; text: Short on time? Writing Center Shorts! Writing Center Shorts are short-notice, short-session writing appointments. Available for scheduling a day in advance and limited to twenty minutes, these sessions offer the flexibility that many writers need.

To book a Short in our online scheduler, choose Shorts! from the drop-down menu at the center-top of the page. 

Right now, we are offering Shorts in Frost Library on weekday mornings and afternoons in the Collaboration Lab. When you enter the library, go towards the back, turn right, pass by the offices, and you'll find the Lab on the left behind a glass door just before you get to the copiers.

Writing Center Shorts will be most useful if you arrive with a clear sense of purpose, a specific goal for the session, and printed copies of any materials you wish to review.

In a 20-minute session, we should have time for:

  • Focused brainstorming
  • Quick strategy session on getting started, organization, or thesis statements
  • A brief follow-up on revisions after a previous, full-length session
  • A close review of 1-2 pages of writing
  • Or a short, focused conversation that is useful to you, wherever you are in your writing process.

As in our full-length sessions, the associate will provide guidance in conversation with you. Expect the session to be active and participatory. If you find you need a longer session, you may book a 45-minute appointment on our regular schedule up to three weeks in advance.

Questions? Contact the Writing Center at writing@amherst.edu or 413.542.2139.