Writing Center

Jessica Gorman

Jessica Gorman. Staff Photo by Rob Mattson/Amherst College, Office of Public Affairs, posted to Amherst College Flickr set

I know how painful, exhilarating, perplexing, and messy the writing, thinking, and research process can be, and I enjoy helping students find their own way through it. I have master degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill in both Library Science and English. In the past, I've worked as a librarian, teaching research skills and concepts in the classroom and at the reference desk of two busy college libraries.  Before that, I taught college writing classes at both a major research university and a community college.  

I am particularly interested in working with students on integrating the research and writing processes: how to plan research/writing projects, how to introduce other voices into your writing while maintaining your sense of authorship, how to adhere to academic conventions for using outside sources. I have worked with many honors thesis writers on techniques for keeping their research organized and usable, and I am happy to help students new to working with the citation manager Zotero.  I also coordinate many of our honors thesis writers' programs, such as the Writing Retreats and Thesis Confidential panel discussions. 

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