Resources for Undergraduates
Available to all Princeton students, Writing Center conferences are free one-on-one sessions with experienced fellow writers trained to consult on assignments in any discipline. Writing Center Fellows welcome visits at all stages of the writing process, from getting started to developing a thesis, structuring an argument, and revising a draft. 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. Typically, these conferences run 50-minutes. JP and Senior Thesis Writers may also request longer, 80-minute conferences.
Senior Thesis Writing Groups
Led by departmental faculty and graduate students, Senior Thesis Writing Groups meet throughout the year and are designed to complement the individual guidance students receive from their advisers. The groups help thesis writers learn the methods and expectations of research and writing in their concentration, provide practical guidance for tackling big research projects, and establish communities of writers for support and feedback. They also sponsor occasional weekend or evening Thesis Boot Camps, which give seniors a quiet space to write, focused time for reading and thinking, the camaraderie of fellow writers, and the opportunity to reflect on the writing process. For Senior Thesis guidelines and schedules, please see the Guides to Independent Work from the Office of the Dean of the College.
Senior Thesis Boot Camps in the Residential Colleges
Together with the residential colleges and departmental senior thesis writing group leaders, the Writing Program supports a number of intensive writing opportunities during the academic year, especially during Intersession in January and Spring Break in March. All of these opportunities offer students the chance to make headway on senior thesis projects, write in the company of others, and partake of abundant food and caffeine. These offerings differ in terms of time and structure, however, so read more here to decide which setting is the right one for you!
Here’s what students have to say about the Boot Camp experience:
“In setting tangible yet manageable goals, I was able to break down seemingly monolithic tasks. In the words of my mother, ‘Q: How do you eat an elephant? A: One bite at a time!’”
“I feel leagues ahead in terms of how I conceive the long-term writing process. The kind of work that we did in Boot Camp feels sustainable across a semester, as opposed to the race to the finish that is usually my main source of momentum.”
“Boot Camp helped me make significant progress on the first half of my thesis. It also raised my spirits – ‘Wow, I might actually be able to do this!’”