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Writing Center

Located in the J. Walter Wilson Building at 69 Brown Street, the Writing Center is a free academic support service for all members of the Brown community: graduate students, undergraduates, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff.

Graduate students can bring in papers, course syllabi, and dissertation or thesis chapters, as well as personal essays for job or grant applications. The Writing Center is staffed by graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines with extensive experience as both writers and teachers.

Staff members participate in ongoing training in composition theory and practice and are prepared to discuss all stages of the writing process, from identifying a topic through revision and editing strategies. They can also help writers address writer’s block, audience awareness, argumentation, organization, grammar, research skills, the conventions of academic writing, English as a Foreign Language, and issues of clarity and style.

The Writing Center offers individual appointments and an ongoing series of workshops geared toward writers in specific disciplines. Announcements for upcoming workshops are posted near the graduate student computer cluster on the second floor of the Rockefeller Library.

Students can make single or ongoing weekly appointments for specific writing problems or projects. Writing Center conferences generally last about an hour. The Writing Center’s website provides an extensive list of resources for writers in every discipline and writing-related resources such as departmental style guides and other instructional materials.