The Writing Center offers student writers free, one-on-one conferences with experienced fellow writers trained to consult on assignments in any discipline.
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 not used to the conventions of American academic writing,
- graduate students working on seminar papers 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 teach 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 see 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.
Conferences take place at the Writing Center in Lauritzen Hall (enter through Baker Hall).
Map to the Writing Center (.pdf)
Sunday-Thursday evenings, 7-10 p.m., when classes are in session.
No appointment required. First come, first served.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Center Fellows are there to listen, suggest, diagnose, and advise. They serve as sounding boards, careful readers, and helpful critics, and are able to suggest possibilities implicit in a student's own thinking and writing.
Interested in applying to be a Writing Center Fellow? See “Job Opportunities” for details.