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

Note to Five-College students: when space is available, our workshops are open to students from the Five Colleges. Please email the workshop instructor directly to request a spot. 

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.

Today - Tue, Oct 6, 2015

Journaling for Thesis Writers

This workshop will present and explore ways you could use journal writing during the process of researching and writing your thesis. Our focus will be on informal writing you might use to find and produce content for your thesis, to reflect on and improve your thesis-making process, and to facilitate an optimal working relationship with your advisor. Various modes of journaling will be presented, and all participants will have the opportunity to try those that seem best suited to their thesis work and share with other participants.
Taught by writing associates Roy Andrews and Cassie Sanchez.

Thu, Oct 8, 2015

Thriving at Amherst College as a Non-Native English Speaker and Writer

Keefe Campus Center, Friedman Room (2nd floor)

Join us for a roundtable discussion of the strategies that our most successful speakers of English as a foreign/second language at Amherst have found to meet the challenges of advanced language acquisition and cultural acclimation. We'll ask which strategies really work for developing your English at Amherst? What are the real obstacles for the non-native speaker? What does success look like? How do you master the writing? How do you manage the reading? How do you flourish in the classroom? Come ask questions, share your struggles and successes, and gain insight into ESL/EFL issues through the actual experiences of non-native speakers at Amherst who have made the journey to linguistic and cultural competence and confidence. Discussion will include newer Amherst students, more experienced upper-class students, and a non-native English-speaking faculty member, Professor of Music Klara Moricz. Facilitated by Michael Keezing, writing center senior associate and ESL/EFL tutor.

Refreshments will be served! Co-sponsored by the International Students Office and the Writing Center.

Please RSVP at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops/201....

Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Fall Write-In

Staying on campus for fall break? Spend Monday getting a head start on your writing projects. The Write-In provides opportunity to write in a common space with other writers - an environment that encourages more productive, focused writing. Students who wish to "check" their phones may do so, to further reduce distractions. Snacks and coffee will keep you fueled up.
1-5 p.m.: the Write-In will be staffed with writing associates and librarians to consult with students about research and writing strategies.
5-7 p.m.: the dinner break; get some food, rest, and/or exercise!
7-11 p.m.: the Write-In continues into the evening, staffed by students.
Planning to come? Check in on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/908204965928050/