Writing Center


Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday.
Located at Clark 230.

The Writing Center (Coordinator, Julia Suarez Hayes; Director of Writing, Robert Bensen) is available to any student on campus who needs help with writing for classes or with any writing project.

Our staff of student tutors works with students on their writing, from basic composition through senior projects and applications for employment and graduate school.

Just call or stop in to set up an appointment with a tutor. You may also drop in for help, but a tutor might not be available immediately.

You are also welcome to e-mail questions about grammar, style, and form to the Writing Center at wcenter@hartwick.edu. Please write your questions in the body of the message, and do not send whole papers or attachments. A Writing Center tutor will answer your questions during our hours of operation (see above). If you would like a whole paper to be reviewed by a tutor, please make an appointment to come in person.

When you come to the Writing Center, bring a copy of the assignment with you, if possible. A tutor will read over your paper with you and ask questions to help you find ways to express your ideas effectively. Of course, you are responsible for your finished writing.

Our tutors are upperclass students who have demonstrated successful writing skills. Some are interested in careers as teachers of English or English as a Second Language, and tutor to gain teaching experience.

They can help you with writing concerns ranging from punctuation to organization. They can also help guide you in all phases of writing from early planning to final revising. With their help, you have access to a variety of resources including handbooks, style manuals, dictionaries, and essay collections.

Typically, you might come to the Writing Center to confer with a tutor about a specific work-in-progress, such as a class composition, research paper, senior thesis, application essay, résumé, short story, or business letter.

Our priorities are defined in the Writing Competency Checklist, which serves as the College's definition of competent writing.

You can call to arrange a conference (431-4918) or stop by in person. You may also make an appointment by e-mailing wcenter@hartwick.edu.