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 - Thu, Dec 14, 2017

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Amherst Write-In

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Merrill Science Center, 300A/B (Science Library Classrooms)

There’s no need to toil away in isolation when everyone has papers to write! Spend the first day of reading period in a supportive, quiet environment to make some progress on those final projects. The Writing Center will provide snacks, coffee and drop-in writing consultations.

Students Only

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

Interterm Creative Writing Residency

Interterm is writing time! Join us for a two-week independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers’ and artists’ colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote sustained, undistracted attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. We will convene every morning -- the heart of the program -- for two and a half hours of writing (nine sessions total). Each session will start with a brief meeting at Frost Cafe to warm up our writing muscles, set goals, and discuss challenges. Then we'll write independently (together or alone, as suits each writer) until quarter to noon, when we’ll meet to discuss progress and our writing experiences. Many participants then go to lunch at Val together. Participants are welcome to work either on new or existing projects. And for participants seeking guidance, instruction, or simply feedback on their work, we'll offer up to four one-on-one mentoring sessions with program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency.
Led by Roy Andrews (Writing Associate) and Emily Merriman (Writing Associate)

Monday January 8 through Thursday January 11 and Tuesday January 16 through Friday January 19—each day 9am-noon, at Frost Library café. Friday January 19, 3:30-5 pm, we will hold a Final Community Reading in Alumni House.

Personalizing the Process Introductory Workshop

Part of developing as a writer is paying close attention to how you move through the process of writing. In this program, we will focus on process both in group and one-to-one settings. In the introductory workshop we, as a group of students and writing associates, will investigate the writing process to (a) establish a common vocabulary and (b) serve as a jumping-off point to explore your own process. You then will partner with a writing associate to discuss, in 4-6 one-to-one sessions, how and what you write (please bring a few recent papers), identifying strengths, opportunities for development, and ideas and methods to help you strengthen your papers and enhance the overall experience of writing.

Tue, Jan 9, 2018

Interterm Creative Writing Residency

Interterm is writing time! Join us for a two-week independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers’ and artists’ colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote sustained, undistracted attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. We will convene every morning -- the heart of the program -- for two and a half hours of writing (nine sessions total). Each session will start with a brief meeting at Frost Cafe to warm up our writing muscles, set goals, and discuss challenges. Then we'll write independently (together or alone, as suits each writer) until quarter to noon, when we’ll meet to discuss progress and our writing experiences. Many participants then go to lunch at Val together. Participants are welcome to work either on new or existing projects. And for participants seeking guidance, instruction, or simply feedback on their work, we'll offer up to four one-on-one mentoring sessions with program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency.
Led by Roy Andrews (Writing Associate) and Emily Merriman (Writing Associate)

Monday January 8 through Thursday January 11 and Tuesday January 16 through Friday January 19—each day 9am-noon, at Frost Library café. Friday January 19, 3:30-5 pm, we will hold a Final Community Reading in Alumni House.

Building a Multilingual Children's Book Collection

Description: What are the greatest children’s books around the world? What are the classics, the favorites, the best contemporary books? In this course, you will work collaboratively with librarians and other college staff to develop a new special collection of children’s books in multiple languages other than English. The new collection will be accessible both at the Frost Library and at a nearby Amherst elementary school. Students will develop their skills in a wide variety of areas: working with others to produce a complex, tangible outcome; local community engagement; global community outreach; translation; using multiple languages; assessing and writing about children’s literature; and various skills related to librarianship, which may include collection development, special collections, and cataloging. We will meet four times, in the Frost Library and at the Fort River School library. The early sessions will involve direct instruction and the latter ones will be spent working on group projects. Students may need to spend several additional hours during interterm working on the project. Students who wish to may continue to be involved in the project during the spring semester, as the books are physically collected and catalogued.
Facilitators: Este Pope, Head of Digital Programs; Emily Merriman, Writing Associate and Advisor for Multilingual Students; Lani Blechman, Librarian at Fort River School.