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.

Tomorrow - Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Academic Essentials

The Savvy Reader

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop, taught by senior writing associate Kristen Brookes, will help you take control over your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Advance registration is required.

Students Only
Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Essential Ingredients for Giving Constructive Feedback

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

When your friends rehearse class presentations and ask your opinion, do you know what to say to help them genuinely improve? Learn and practice how to give positive productive feedback to speakers based on their performance, not just on content. Not only will you learn how to recognize what the speaker is doing well and what needs improvement, but you will also learn how to share that evaluation effectively.

Advance 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

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Veterans' Creative Writing Group

Come write with others and share. Founded by veterans, this open and variable group offers a great way to develop your individual voice. We meet every Thursday in the Writing Center, 6:45-8 p.m.. Facilitated by Roy Andrews, writing associate. Learn more about the group, and RSVP if you plan to attend. Open to all members of the Amherst College community. Previous creative writing experience is not required and participants may come regularly or drop in occasionally.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly. Research and experience show us that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others. Find motivation and support among fellow thesis writers at the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Students Only