The Writing Center is one of Pitzer’s most popular academic resources. Each year Writing Center Fellows hold over 1,100 free individual conferences with students, alumni, and staff on campus. Writing Center Fellows are Pitzer students trained to consult with you at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a draft. You 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 accepts appointments and drop-ins on a first-come, first served basis during our hours of operation.
Fall Hours (subject to change):
|Monday||3 – 6 pm, 7 – 10 pm|
|Tuesday||3 – 6 pm, 7 – 10 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am – 1 pm, 3 – 6 pm, 7 – 10 pm|
|Thursday||10 am – 1 pm, 3 – 6 pm, 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 within a community of readers.
How Does It Work?
You’ll meet for 50-minutes with a Writing Center Fellow. If you don’t have a draft, simply bring the assignment prompt and your sources and the Fellow will work 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 a two-hour appointment if your essay is longer than 15 pages. Two-hour appointments are particularly popular with senior thesis writers.
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?”, “Have you talked with anyone yet about your project?,” 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.
Conferences usually focus on higher order strategies of argument and organization. Although the Writing Center doesn’t edit or proofread, we can teach you techniques for addressing sentence-level patterns.
If you are an international student, you may also book appointments with Jenny Thomas, a specialist in English-Language Learning.
We hope to see you in the Writing Center soon!