Writing Center

Thompson Library

Welcome to the Vassar College Writing Center

Location & Hours

Thompson Memorial Library, room 122
Sundays - Thursdays: 3:00-11:00pm

The Vassar College Writing Center is staffed by Vassar undergraduates who are committed to thinking and talking about writing in all its forms. Through peer-to-peer consultations, we provide a sounding board for writers who seek feedback on any type of writing project and at any point in the writing process: from brainstorming and invention to organization and drafting to revision and citation. 

We aim to develop an awareness of the writing process, and to facilitate a critical examination of how writing enables our participation in the academy and the community. Through one-to-one peer meetings, the Writing Center forges connections among all writers regardless of their class year or discipline. Working with our peer writing consultants, who come to us from across Vassar’s curriculum, students are afforded the opportunity to practice empowering strategies for communication in all its complexities – an essential component of a Vassar education.

Freshmen

Welcome to Vassar College and to the Vassar Writing Center. We offer free individual consultations to writers at any stage of the writing process and for any written, oral, or digital media project. If you’re working on an assignment for your Freshman Writing Seminar or any other course at Vassar, drop in to meet with one of our consultants.

Sophomores

In the sophomore year, Vassar students typically declare a major. The Writing Center staff is available from 3-11pm Sundays through Thursdays to discuss writing conventions across the disciplines from Art History to Economics and from Philosophy to Organic Chemistry. We can also offer feedback on Junior year abroad applications.

At any point after you’ve successfully completed your Freshman Writing Seminar, consider enrolling in “Process, Prose, and Pedagogy,” a course that invites you to interrogate writing’s place in the academy, discuss your writing process from inception to revision, and share your own writing and writing practices.

Juniors

Writing Consultants are available to offer feedback on any type of project, including grant proposals, research presentations, fellowship and internship applications, and thesis prospectuses. Feel free to drop in just to talk about your ideas, ask questions about the writing process, or to discuss strategies for incorporating research into your longer writing projects.

Seniors

Team up with a writing consultant on your thesis project. Our consultants serve as a sounding board and interrogating reader for your longer project. We also host a series of thesis writing workshops over the course of four Saturdays throughout the year. We also offer feedback on graduate and professional school applications as well as job application letters and résumés.