Writing Center

The Writing Center will be closed from Wednesday, November 25 through Saturday, November 28.  Scheduled appointments and drop-in hours will resume on Sunday, November 29.  Scheduled appointments may be booked online.

Every writer needs a reader, and the Writing Center has a reader for every writer! The Writing Center offers Princeton writers free, one-on-one conferences with experienced fellow writers trained to respond to assignments in any discipline.

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Located in Lauritzen Hall, the Writing Center welcomes all Princeton students, including:

  • undergraduates working on essays for courses
  • juniors and seniors working on independent research projects
  • international students making the transition to American academic writing
  • graduate students working on seminar papers, articles, or dissertations
  • students writing essays for fellowships or for graduate school or job applications
  • students crafting oral presentations.

Writing Fellows can help with any part of the writing process: brainstorming ideas, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, or revising a draft. The goal of each conference is to develop strategies that will encourage students to become astute readers and critics of their own work. Although the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service, Fellows can help students learn techniques for improving sentences and checking mechanics.

Writing Center conferences complement, but do not replace, the relationships students have with their teachers and advisors.

How It Works

To meet with a Writing Center Fellow, you can either make an appointment in advance or stop by during drop-in hours. Come with whatever you've got—an assignment, ideas, rough notes, or a partial or full draft.

Make an appointment
Appointments are recommended when classes are in session and are available during both daytime and evening hours. Conferences are available only by appointment when classes are not in session. Appointments may be booked online.

Drop-in hours
Sunday-Thursday evenings, 7-11 p.m., when classes are in session. 
No appointment required. First come, first served. There are no drop-in hours when classes are not in session.

Conferences take place at the Writing Center in Lauritzen Hall (enter through Baker Hall).

Questions?  Contact the Writing Center at writingc@princeton.edu.

Writing Center Fellows

Writing Center Fellows are there to listen, strategize, suggest, diagnose, and offer advice. They serve as sounding boards, careful readers, and helpful critics, and are able to help draw out ideas and possibilities that are implicit in a student's own thinking and writing. 

Interested in applying to be a Writing Center Fellow? See Job Opportunities for details.