The Writing Center offers workshops on topics related to writing, public speaking, reading, and other essential academic skills and practices. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. To register, click on the workshop below and look for the "Please register here" link under Additional Information to find the form.  Note to Five-College students: when space is available, our workshops are open to students from the Five Colleges. 

Unless otherwise noted, all Writing Center workshops are held in the Writing Center seminar room, 101A Charles Pratt Hall.

Today - Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Writing with Scrivener

Scrivener is writing software that facilitates writing in small pieces, rearranging blocks of text and integrating the research and writing processes. This workshop will introduce writers to the software’s features that can help you write more often, revise and reorganize more easily, and manage your project with more agility and efficiency. Recommended especially for thesis writers, but open to all students, staff, and faculty. Those with no experience with Scrivener are welcome; those familiar with it are also encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion. Taught by Jessica Kem, associate director, Writing Center.
Note: this workshop will be held in a computer lab with a limited number of Macs running Scrivener. If you would like to participate using a personal laptop, please download the free trial of Scrivener prior to the workshop. The workshop will focus on the desktop (Mac/Windows) version of the software, not the new IOS mobile version.
Advance registration is required.

Mon, Oct 3, 2016

academic Essentials

Effective Speech Composition (Public Speaking)

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

An organized speech is essential to attracting and keeping the audience’s attention.
This workshop examines the differences a live audience makes when a speaker performs a speech vs. just reads it out loud. Students will learn and practice different ways of grabbing the audience’s attention and of crafting a compelling speech introduction, body, and conclusion. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.
Pre-registration is required.

Students Only

Tue, Oct 4, 2016

Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Get Engaged! How to use professional actor skills to get standing ovations

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

Using the same skills professional actors practice to relax, focus and engage, this workshop will take your speech from a “loud reading” to a dynamic performance. Pre-registration is required.

Part of the Speaking with Confidence Workshop Series. These six highly interactive (i.e. fun!) public speaking workshops will teach you how to become calm, confident and compelling presenters. Take an individual workshop as an introduction to basic skills or attend the entire series to build on those skills and see impressive results. The series culminates in a celebratory evening of inspirational speeches on November 1. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Students Only

Wed, Oct 5, 2016