What types of writers can benefit from sharing their writing with others? All of them. We often think of published writers sitting down, already knowing what they want to say, brilliant thoughts and witty phrases flowing out of their pens (or keyboards). But every single “Acknowledgements” page reminds us that this is a false image. They thank editors, friends, teachers, and colleagues, waxing eloquent about how their book wouldn’t have been possible apart from the team that supported them.
Writers write with others. The Spartan Writing Center is committed to supplying a space and providing services to enable students to improve as writers. Our goal is not perfect papers, but growing writers. We believe that writers progress by writing and by learning to talk about their writing and their writing process.
Located in Room 7 of the Upper School, the Writing Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m for help with brainstorming, organizing, executing, or editing their assignments. The Center is staffed by junior and senior students (whom we call Writing Fellows) who have been trained in peer tutoring and were nominated by faculty members.
We encourage students to visit the Writing Center for assignments in all disciplines, including those assigned in STEM subjects. Our Writing Fellows have written their own biology lab reports, and history research papers, and English creative writing assignments through their years at Webb, so they are uniquely positioned to encourage and guide underclassmen as they tackle these sorts of assignments. We also assist many juniors and seniors as they compose their personal essay for college applications.
Spartan Writing Center Services
- Peer readers and listeners
- Individual appointments throughout the day and after school
- Specific feedback on organization, grammar, and cohesion
- Resources from established writing organizations, including the Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Assistance with avoiding plagiarism and understanding proper citation
The Writing Center hosts workshops throughout the year to coach students on writing in academic and non-academic settings. Topics include: resumé writing; the difference between MLA, APA, and Chicago citation; and composing thesis statements.
The Spartan Writing Center is led by Rachel Pope, a member of the English department.