Students who recently completed their senior theses gather to celebrate and reflect on their year 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). 

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.

Wed, May 30, 2018

Writers' Retreat (comic by Grant Snider)

Jump-Start Writing Retreat

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield

This one-day, off-campus retreat will offer faculty and staff the opportunity to dive into a new project or revive a dormant one. We’ll travel to idyllic Woolman Hill in nearby Deerfield for a break from distractions and a peaceful environment to think, plan, read, write and reflect. At 9 a.m., participants will gather together to set, share and discuss individual goals both for the day and for the summer. The remainder of the morning will be writing time. We’ll break for a catered lunch, then continue writing. At the end of the day, we’ll reflect on the day’s progress and the intentions for the summer.

Open to current faculty and staff of Amherst College. Space is limited, so kindly R.S.V.P. by May 24.

Registration Required

Wed, Jun 13, 2018

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Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The Thesis Research Table is a regular meet-up for thesis students to find support from each other & from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions, or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty (Frost Library) and Jessica Kem (Writing Center).

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Workshop: Writing while Researching

Designed for students embarking on a large scholarly project, this workshop will introduce writing techniques for taking effective and versatile notes, processing what you learn as you read, and developing your own ideas in relation to the texts you’re reading. Bring a reading from your project, as we'll practice the techniques together. Taught by Jessica Kem, Director of the Writing Center.

Fri, Jun 15, 2018

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Workshop: Productive Habits for Big Writing Projects

If you are getting started on a long-term writing project such as an honors thesis, you may have good intentions about setting deadlines and staying motivated, but you may also recognize that you've never done this before. Learn practices that will help you start and complete a project you can be proud of while avoiding agony and despair. This workshop will introduce you to strategies for establishing good habits early, for writing more in less time, and for addressing procrastination and writer’s block. Participants should bring their calendars.

Wed, Jun 20, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The Thesis Research Table is a regular meet-up for thesis students to find support from each other & from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions, or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty (Frost Library) and Jessica Kem (Writing Center).