The Writing Center
To be able to convey ideas convincingly, young writers first must develop critical reading and analytical skills. To this end, Pingree’s writing program emphasizes self-discovery, critical thinking, and communication with an audience. While writing essays, students learn how to analyze texts, use evidence, document sources, and develop their ideas in well-organized essays. They learn how to present their ideas to readers in clear, graceful prose.
Pingree’s Writing Center offers students assistance with all aspects of the writing process across the curriculum. Whether the focus is on brainstorming, structuring an essay, incorporating evidence, or reading over essays and research papers, individual conferences enable students to reflect on the writing process and learn strategies to become better analytical writers.
Conferences and writing workshops at Pingree demonstrate that good essays don’t appear spontaneously; rather, they evolve, usually from many time-consuming drafts. With each draft, the writer moves closer to what she or he wants to say. The willingness to revise may be the greatest difference between a confident writer and an insecure one. In fact, confident writers realize that first drafts are always more like a conversation they have with themselves than a communication with readers. After reflecting on their ideas through successive drafts, writers can then turn to the art of writing for a critical audience, anticipating and shaping readers’ responses to the essay’s ideas.
Prescheduled conferences are available in the Writing Center from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We welcome walk-ins and encourage appointments.
Please visit the Writing Center's website.