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The Writing Center

Our Mission

Located in Humanities 231, the Scripps Writing Center helps writers grow. We give students the chance to work on their writing by engaging in collaborative discussions with knowledgeable peer tutors, offering a comfortable space with tea, snacks, and a snazzy couch.
We believe that all writers, however accomplished, benefit from presenting work-in-progress to other skilled readers. We welcome any student at any level, studying any discipline, working on any assignment, at any stage of the writing process, from a first-year student brainstorming on a first essay to a senior finishing a thesis, in sessions averaging about thirty minutes.

Hours During the Semester

Monday through Thursday: 4:00-6:00pm
Sunday through Thursday: 7:00-9:00pm

Who We Are: The Prose Pros

We Help

  • Unpack or interpret assignment prompts
  • Brainstorm, test, and sharpen ideas
  • Iron out or strengthen arguments
  • Restructure essays for maximum clarity and power
  • Determine whether a point needs development
  • Go over revisions
  • Reformulate the presentation and language of a paper
  • Teach proper documentation

We can provide instruction in usage, grammar, and punctuation, but we don’t proofread or rewrite papers for students because these efforts don’t help them grow as writers. We won’t tell students what to say, but we’ll help empower them to say it themselves. And we won’t evaluate the quality of writing or estimate a grade, even if asked.

Workshops

The center sponsors a number of workshops in writing for Scripps students. Core Night workshops are attached to writing deadlines for Core I, followed by one-on-one tutoring. Other past workshops have included Approaching Your First College Paper, Thesis Development, Understanding the Research Process and Research Documentation, Creative Writing, Writing Essay Examinations, and Composing Resumés, Application Letters, and Fellowship Essays. If you are especially interested in having one of these topics presented again, have an idea for a workshop, or would just like to check when we will be offering workshops, contact the Director of the Writing Center, Glenn Simshaw.

Senior Thesis Buddies

The Writing Center maintains a special program for seniors working on the thesis. The program pairs a senior with a Tutor, and they work together throughout the semester, meeting either during regular Center hours or at a time arranged by the student and the Tutor. A typical session held at the Writing Center lasts 30-60 minutes, time devoted to organizing, developing, and composing the thesis project.

Multilingual Student Support

Writing Associate Pam Bromley provides individual consultations for students for whom English is an additional language. Her specialized feedback can help students develop a broad range of strategic tools for effective communication in the US academic context, with sessions focusing on any aspect of writing in English, from disambiguating sentence-level language to unpacking organizational choices to developing research strategies or engaging audience expectations. Pam has a CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and more than a decade of experience in writing center pedagogy. If you are interested in meeting with Pam, please email pbromley@scrippcollege.edu to arrange a time to meet.