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). 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.

Tomorrow - Tue, Jan 17, 2017

There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Thesis Writers' Retreat

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

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 1 p.m. In between is writing time; Writing Center staff will be available for consultation, and coffee and snacks will be plentiful.

Registration is open for week one (Jan 9-13) and week two (Jan 17-20). Sign up for one or both weeks on the interterm page.

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
If you are unable to meet the requirements of the retreat, you are welcome to attend the drop-in Thesis Space, which is a less-structured thesis writing environment.

All Amherst College students with large writing/academic projects are welcome, but priority will be given to those enrolled for a senior thesis.

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There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Communicating with Confidence: a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women 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. Limited to 12 Amherst College students.

Four sessions: Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, January 20. 2–5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking

The course is at capacity. To be put on a waiting list, contact

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Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Jump Start your Science Thesis!

Come attend a workshop to help science thesis writers start writing. Antonio's Pizza and Black Sheep coffee will be served! Taught by Airlie Rose, writing associate, and Kristen Greenland, science librarian.
RSVP by email to Airlie, or reply to the email invitation sent to all science thesis writers.

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