Writing Center

Workshops and Events for Students

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. To register, click on the workshop below, look for the "Please register here" link under Additional Information, and fill out the form. You must be logged into the Amherst College web site to access the form. If we are offering a workshop you would like to attend but cannot due to the time/date, please contact the instructor or email the webmaster

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

Past workshops (from this year and previous) are listed here.

Thu, Mar 5, 2015

Summer Night by Winslow Homer, 1890, Museum d'Orsay

The Power of Place: A Fiction Writing Workshop

In this workshop, we will warm up by examining and imitating passages of fiction in which setting plays a prominent role in shaping the story, creating atmosphere and defining characters. Then, you will be encouraged to write and share a short fictional piece based on a place that holds especial power for you. The atmosphere of the workshop will be friendly and supportive. Led by Roy Andrews, writing associate.

This workshop is part of the Power of Place Writing Workshop series, sponsored by the Writing Center, the Common, and Circus.

Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Reading

The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop 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. Please bring a course syllabus, a set of readings for that class, and, if applicable, a non-fiction book you need to read. Taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate.

Thu, Mar 12, 2015

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Spring Break Thesis Writers' Retreat

You're reaching the final stretch as you progress towards completing your thesis, and you want to make the most of Spring Break. Join fellow writers at the Spring Thesis Writers' Retreat to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. Every day, we will set writing goals and then review those goals at the close of the session. Writing Center staff will be available for consultation and will provide coffee and snacks.

Participants must commit to attend at least three of the five sessions, in their entirety, as well as a short orientation session.

Orientation: Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. or Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Writing Center. (Participants who have attended previous thesis retreats need not attend.)

Retreat: Monday-Friday, March 16-20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Charles Pratt Common Room

Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Spring Break Thesis Writers' Retreat

You're reaching the final stretch as you progress towards completing your thesis, and you want to make the most of Spring Break. Join fellow writers at the Spring Thesis Writers' Retreat to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. Every day, we will set writing goals and then review those goals at the close of the session. Writing Center staff will be available for consultation and will provide coffee and snacks.

Participants must commit to attend at least three of the five sessions, in their entirety, as well as a short orientation session.

Orientation: Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. or Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Writing Center. (Participants who have attended previous thesis retreats need not attend.)

Retreat: Monday-Friday, March 16-20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Charles Pratt Common Room

Mon, Mar 16, 2015

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Spring Break Thesis Writers' Retreat

You're reaching the final stretch as you progress towards completing your thesis, and you want to make the most of Spring Break. Join fellow writers at the Spring Thesis Writers' Retreat to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. Every day, we will set writing goals and then review those goals at the close of the session. Writing Center staff will be available for consultation and will provide coffee and snacks.

Participants must commit to attend at least three of the five sessions, in their entirety, as well as a short orientation session.

Orientation: Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. or Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Writing Center. (Participants who have attended previous thesis retreats need not attend.)

Retreat: Monday-Friday, March 16-20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Charles Pratt Common Room