Welcome to the Vassar College Writing Center
Location & HoursThompson Memorial Library, room 122
Monday, January 28th - Wednesday, May 15th
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.
"Recalibrating an Established Writing Center: From Supplementary Service to Academic Discipline," The Writing Lab Newsletter 37.9/10, by Matthew Schultz, Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.