Summer Availability

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During the summer months, the Writing Center has reduced staff availability. Students and faculty wishing to consult with the Center may contact us at We are available to meet remotely during normal business hours.

All writers need readers, and all speakers need an audience. At the Writing Center, a staff of professional writing and speaking associates work with students on any writing or speaking project, at any stage in its process. Writing Center services are available to all Amherst College students and to Five College students in support of their work for Amherst College classes.

One-on-One Appointments

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Meet with a writing associate to discuss a specific writing project, such as a class assignment, honors thesis, application essay, or creative writing project. We also offer sustained instruction on aspects of the writing process, support for multilingual writers, and writing counseling to address mental obstacles to effective writing.

In the Writing Center, students learn to interpret prompts, brainstorm ideas, develop arguments, organize, and revise with our support. Make a writing appointment using our online scheduler.

Public Speaking

Meet with Susan Daniels to plan, revise, and rehearse your presentation, or to learn strategies for relaxing and gaining confidence in front of a live audience. Make an appointment with Susan by email.

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The Honors Thesis

The Writing Center offers seniors from all disciplines year-long support for the project planning, writing and revision process, and presentation opportunities of the Honors Thesis. 

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Application Writing

The Writing Center supports application writing in alignment with our mission of supporting students' development as writers, and in coordination with offices associated with applications.