Welcome to the Kenyon College Writing Center.
Our staff is composed of talented students with an interest in teaching writing to others; we call them Writing Consultants. Their job is to conduct individual conferences with writers. We allocate about half an hour for a conference, but we're glad to meet with you as many times as you find necessary before your deadline.
A conference with a Writing Consultant can help you further your understanding of a topic and find ways to better articulate the ideas by asking questions about your existing choices for argument, organization, development, and style on the draft or in the notes you make available at the time of the conference. You don't have to have anything written down at all, but can use your conference to discuss the assignment and decide on an approach.
Please allow the Writing Consultants to do more than merely proofread for you; they can work with you to cultivate long-term improvement by helping you recognize patterns of error or infelicitous usage. Dialogue is an essential component of the writing process and of our writing conferences.
You can walk in during our open hours or schedule an appointment with your Writing Liaison. Please note that walk-in shifts change on the hour. For a list of consultants, their majors, and the languages they speak see Who Works When.
A Writing Consultant will try to address each writer's concerns by setting an agreed-upon agenda for the conference. The best conferences are those initiated by writers who come with a clear sense of purpose or specific questions:
--Some writers ask a consultant to help them understand an assignment and brainstorm ideas.
--Other writers come with an early draft and questions regarding organization and clarity.
--Some writers want to know if their thesis is coming across clearly to someone else.
--Writers occasionally come with drafts on which a professor has written comments.
We are located on the ground floor of Olin Library, in room 131, accessible through the left-hand door to Olin Auditorium.