La Pluma Writing Center

La Pluma Writing Center of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown provides confidential support to advanced students of Spanish. Only students registered in courses from HISP 0650 and above are welcome to take advantage of this service. The objective of the Center is to help students with their writing assignments with an emphasis on individual needs depending on the kind of assignment and the proficiency level of the student.

You should attend your appointment with the assignment instructions and a draft of your essay/ piece of writing ready to share on the Zoom screen. Observations will be given on grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, structure, tense, and stylistic features. Meetings will last 30 minutes. The director of La Pluma in fall 2020 is Ethel Barja; she will be assisted by Berta García Faet. To make an appointment, please contact Ethel and she will direct you to either her appointment calendar or to Berta’s. Appointments will be offered Monday to Friday from 2 to 3 pm, although other alternative times may also be offered. All appointments will be conducted by Zoom. If you are unable to attend your meeting, please let your assigned tutor know as soon as possible so that your appointment slot can be used by another student.

It is highly recommended that appointments be made a week or two ahead of time, depending on the assignment deadline. Please review your syllabus to confirm due dates for the written assignments. Students should submit a copy (by attachment) of the assignment to La Pluma two days before the scheduled meeting.

At the end of each appointment you will be asked to fill out an anonymous survey about the assistance provided. These surveys will be used to measure the effectiveness and importance of the Writing Center as well as to make improvements to this service in the future.

To make an appointment, please contact Ethel Barja at [email protected]