Students writing together at the Amherst Write-In 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 (unless stated otherwise). 

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 - Tue, Jan 16, 2018

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Thesis Writers' Retreat, Week 2

Perhaps you plan to write intensely over Interterm, but staying motivated to write without the structure of a regular schedule can be challenging. You are invited to join fellow writers at the Writing Center’s Thesis Writers' Retreat, to commit to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. At the start of each week, the group will establish its rules for participation, and then writers will develop their goals and strategies for success for the week. Every day, writers will set (and discuss) individual goals at 9 a.m., and then review and discuss progress before the session ends at noon. In between is writing time; Writing Center staff will be available for consultation, and coffee and snacks will be plentiful.

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Participants must agree to:
* Attend, and be on time for, the first session of the week, where we will discuss the retreat model and establish the group's rules.
* Commit to attend all or most days in the session
* Observe the retreat rules, as set by the group at the opening session
* Set and assess daily goals in a writer's log

Students may register for one or two weeks:
Week 1: Monday, January 8 to Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday January 16 to Friday, January 19 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Because space is limited, students will be accepted into the retreat in the following order: 1) Amherst College students writing a senior thesis, 2) Amherst College students with other long-term, academic writing projects and then 3) Five College students writing a thesis or similar long-term academic writing project.

Students Only
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Jump Start Your Science Thesis

Offered in two repeating sessions: choose to attend either January 9 or January 16.

During this meal-time workshop, enjoy some pizza while engaging in a series of interactive activities designed to acquaint you with the end-game of your science thesis, creating the written report of your work. Participants will learn: how to identify and use a good model thesis, how to pace the writing, suggestions for working through common pitfalls and ways you can use resources like the Writing Center and Zotero to support your work. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explain your study to peers outside your lab and practice getting that explanation into a sound-bite, a useful step in defining the scope of your project. At the end of two hours, we hope you will have a clearer vision of the final form of your thesis and the stepping stones ahead of you.

This program is designed for senior honors students in the sciences who would like support making the transition from research to writing. Participants do NOT need to have completed their research.

Prospective honors students seeking more information about the process of writing an honors thesis in the sciences are welcome to participate in limited numbers with the consent of the workshop leaders. If you are not a senior, please email to discuss participating.

Students Only
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Communicating with Confidence

This four-day intensive speaking course helps students focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theatre techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech.

The course will meet four consecutive afternoons, Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Students Only

Tomorrow - Wed, Jan 17, 2018

The Writers' Retreat

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 1:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff writers to join us for a two-day retreat during Interterm, an opportunity to work productively in a supportive environment. The retreat will be held Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Each day will include small-group discussions of writing goals, three hours of uninterrupted writing time and a catered lunch with a writing-related discussion. If you have any questions or comments about the retreat, please contact Jessica Kem at or x2964.

Participants may register to attend one or both writing sessions and/or one or both lunch discussions.

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Poetry Reading Group

Relax, rejuvenate and read poetry! We'll be sharing poetry in a comfy setting with nourishing snacks. Bring a few favorite poems to share, or just come and listen. We’ll move through the afternoon as the poems move us, either with eager discussion or simple silent appreciation. As JFK once said at Amherst College, “poetry cleanses” …so come and cleanse your soul before the next semester begins!