The Writing Center

Every writer needs a reader, and the Writing Center has a reader for every writer! Trained to respond to assignments in any discipline, Writing Center Fellows offer free, one-on-one conferences about writing at any stage in the process.

Located in New South, the Writing Center welcomes undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty working on any kind of writing project. We regularly see:

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

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

Writing Center Announcements

The Writing Center is currently open for in-person conferences.

More information is available here.

Visiting the Writing Center

To meet with a Writing Center Fellow, make an appointment using one of the links below. Come with whatever you've got—an assignment, ideas, rough notes, or a partial or full draft.

50-minute Appointments

Open to all undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty working on writing of any kind and at any stage in the process.

Bring a prompt to brainstorm, a full draft, the beginnings of a cover letter, grant proposal, personal statement, creative piece, or oral presentation!

Make a 50-minute Appointment

80-Minute Appointments

These appointments are reserved for:

  • Undergraduate juniors and seniors working on independent work. Bring ideas for a junior paper, a thesis funding proposal, or selections from a thesis!
  • Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty working on research-based writing. Bring ideas for a seminar paper or conference presentation, a full draft of an article, or selections from a dissertation!

Writing Center Fellows can provide long-term help with planning for extended writing projects as well as one-off feedback sessions.

Use the drop-down menu at the top of the window to display names of Writing Center Fellows who offer 80-minute conferences (and sort by discipline, if desired). You can modify the end time of your conference when booking your appointment.

Make an 80-minute Appointment

Questions?

Have a question or not sure how to proceed? Contact writing.center@princeton.edu.

How do I get to the Writing Center?

Conferences take place at the Writing Center in New South. Take the elevator or the stairs to the second floor and enter the door labeled "The Writing Center." Take a seat in our reception area and a Writing Center Fellow will come find you at the start time of your appointment. 

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