The Writing Center

The Writing Center is one of Pitzer’s most popular academic resources. Each year Writing Center Fellows offer over 1,200 free one-to-one conferences with fellow writers from across the disciplines. Writing Center Fellows are Pitzer students trained to consult with student writers at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to developing an effective revision strategy. Students may bring any writing project to the center, from academic essays to grant proposals, lab reports to senior theses.

In addition to offering one-on-one conferences, the Writing Center facilitates Workshops open to all faculty, students, and staff on topics related to academic writing, research, and teaching.

The Writing Center is located in Mead 131. To schedule an appointment at the Writing Center visit and register an account.

The Writing Center accepts appointments and drop-ins on a first-come, first served basis during our hours of operation.

Spring Hours (subject to change):

Sunday 3-6 pm, 7-10 pm
Monday 3 – 6 pm, 7 – 10 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 1 pm, 3 – 6 pm, 7 – 10 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 1 pm, 7 – 10 pm
Thursday 7 – 10 pm

Who May Visit the Writing Center?

All Pitzer students are encouraged to take advantage of the Writing Center throughout their academic careers. Staff, alumni, and faculty are also welcome to use the center.

Why Visit the Writing Center?

The Writing Center offers an opportunity to participate in focused conversations about writing with an experienced reader. Through collaborative conversations, you’ll develop strategies of argument and revision that build authority for your ideas.

Experienced writers regularly seek out the perspectives of their peers as they draft and revise their work. The Writing Center creates a space for doing the same. When you visit the Writing Center, you’re participating in the intellectual life of the college by sharing and refining your ideas with a community of readers.

How Does It Work?

You’ll meet for 50-minutes with a Writing Center Fellow (or for 30-minutes if you’ve signed up for a special Fulbright consultation). If you don’t have a complete draft, simply bring the assignment prompt and your sources and the Fellow will collaborate with you to get started.  If you have a draft, please bring two hard copies (one for you and one for the Fellow). We recommend booking two back-to-back appointments if your essay is longer than 15 pages.

The Writing Center Fellow is likely to open the conference with questions about your project: “What are you working on?”, “Where are you in the writing process?”, and “What would you like me to focus on in my feedback?” Conferences are question-driven and collaborative to facilitate the development of your ideas on the page.

At the beginning of each session, you’ll work with the Fellow to develop an agenda for what you’d like to accomplish. At the end you’ll generate a writing plan so you leave with a sense of what to do next.

Although the Writing Center doesn’t edit or proofread, we can teach techniques for addressing sentence-level patterns. Conferences focus primarily on higher order strategies of argument and organization.

We hope to see you in the Writing Center soon!