The Writing Center

Located in Mead 131, the Writing Center is a place to write and talk about writing. Each year we hold over 1,500 free consultations with students, alumni, and staff on campus. We welcome projects at any stage of the writing process, whether you’re just getting started or putting the finishing touches on a draft. We also welcome writing in any discipline or form, including essays, fellowship or admissions applications, lab reports, cover letters, and senior theses.

Workshops on writing are also available.

To schedule an appointment at the Writing Center visit pitzer.mywconline.com and register an account.
Questions? Email writing@pitzer.edu, call (909) 607-4321, or stop by Mead 131 during our hours of operation.

The Writing Center accepts appointments and drop-ins on a first-come, first served basis during our hours of operation.

Fall Hours (subject to change):

Sundays 12-6 pm, 7-10 pm
Mondays 7-10 pm
Tuesdays 1-4, 7-10 pm
Wednesdays 1-4, 7-10 pm
Thursdays 7-10 pm
Fridays 10 am – 4 pm
Saturdays Saturday hours may be added later in the semester.

Who May Visit the Writing Center?

All Pitzer students are eligible–and indeed encouraged–to use the Writing Center, particularly as they write for new audiences and purposes in college and beyond. Faculty, staff, and recent alumni may also use the center.

Claremont College students enrolled in Pitzer courses are welcome to book appointments at the Pitzer Writer Center for assignments in those courses.

Why Visit the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is a place to talk about your writing. We’ll listen to your goals for a particular assignment and help you identify strategies to meet them.

Expert writers ask for feedback from peers during the writing process. The Writing Center creates a space for doing the same. When you visit the Writing Center, you share and refine your ideas with a community of readers. Perhaps you’ll leave the session with some new ideas–or a better, more interesting question to ask. We’re here to listen and are eager to read your work at any stage of its development. If you’re having trouble getting started or sustaining your momentum, we can work with you on that, too.

Writing needn’t be a solitary activity. In fact, scholars know it’s deeply social. In our everyday lives, we constantly do things with words. We use language to accomplish everyday tasks and to discover and create new meanings. What do you want to accomplish with a particular piece of writing? Who are–and who do you want to be–your readers? How can you best reach them? What are the range of choices available to you as you revise?  Tell us your questions about your writing, and we’ll roll up our sleeves and help you find answers.

How Does It Work?

You’ll meet for 50-minutes with a Writing Center Fellow. If you don’t have a draft, simply bring the assignment prompt and your sources and the Fellow will work with you to get started.  If you have a draft, please bring two hard copies (one for you and one for the Fellow). We recommend booking a two-hour appointment if your essay is longer than 15 pages. Two-hour appointments are particularly popular with senior thesis writers.

The Writing Center Fellow is likely to open the conference with questions about your project: “What are you working on?”, “Where are you in the writing process?”, and “What would you like to focus on in our conversation?” We ask questions because we believe good consultations–like good conversations–are collaborative. We also need this context so we can help you meet your goals.

If you are an international student, you may also book appointments with Jenny Thomas (M.A.), a specialist in English-Language Learning and Multilingual Writer Support.

We hope to see you in the Writing Center soon!