The Oberlin College Writing and Speaking Associates Program offers a dynamic space for students to think critically, be creative, and collaborate with their peers.

We are committed to providing students with opportunities to learn and work in ways that best fit their needs. Visit us in the Academic Commons in the Terrell Main Library in Mudd Center.

We now offer the ability to schedule 30-minute meetings with Writing Associates ahead of time, in addition to our drop-in hours. Visit our appointments page to schedule a meeting.

Note: There is a 24-hour scheduling and or cancellation policy for all appointments. Missing three meetings without cancelling 24 hours in advance will render one unable to use the appointments system in the future.

Questions? Contact:

Laurie McMillin, director of Writing Associates Program
Frances Purcell, Writing Associate fellow

Writing Center

The Writing Center provides free drop-in writing consultation for students working on academic assignments for any class and on any topic. The center is staffed by student Writing Associates and welcomes all writers to a private one-on-one writing session throughout the semester.

Students can visit the Writing Center for a session at any stage of their writing process. Writing Associates can assist students early in their writing process by helping to clarify prompts and assignments, brainstorm ideas and topics, or develop research strategies. Writing Associates can also help students in the drafting and revising stage of their assignment by providing advice on paragraph organization, idea and argument coherence, among many other issues. Students at the end of the writing process can also bring in their papers for help in sentence-level corrections and editing for flow and clarity.

The Writing Center will remain open through the last day of reading period.  The Writing Center is closed during fall break, spring break, Thanksgiving break, exam periods, winter term, and summer.

Hours
  • 1–5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • 7–10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday
Fall 2018 Schedule
  1–2 p.m. 2–3 p.m. 3–4 p.m. 4–5 p.m. 7–8 p.m. 8–9 p.m. 9–10 p.m.
Sunday Closed Closed Closed Closed Carson
Rebecca
Lily
Lulu
Carson
Rebecca
Zach
Gabi
Carson
Zach
Nathan
Gabi
Monday Elijah
Hayley
Gabi
Elijah
Hayley
Lily
Lily
Eli
Lucas
Lily
Lucas Rebecca
Alex
Emily
Will
Alex
Emily
Eli
Alex
Eli
Hayley
Tuesday AJ
Alex
Eli
AJ
Alex
Cora
Cora
Nathan
Rehaan
Cora
Nathan
Rehaan
Emily
Gabi
Will
Lucas
Emily
Gabi
Will
Carson
Hayley
Elijah
Wednesday Hayley
Myles
Rebecca
Hayley
Myles
Rebecca
Bikalpa
Myles
Rebecca

Bikalpa
Cora
Carson

Bikalpa
Emily
Lucas
Bikalpa
Emily
Zach

Zach
Alex
Will

Thursday Will
Eli
Will
Cecilia
Cecilia
Cora
Nathan
AJ
Cora
AJ
Carson
Cecilia
Eli
Myles
Bikalpa
Myles
Lulu
Zach

Myles
Lulu
Zach

Friday Lily
Elijah
Lily
Elijah
Cecilia
Nathan
Cecilia
Nathan
Closed Closed Closed

Speaking Center

The Speaking Center is a pilot program launched in 2016 with the goal to support students in their speaking endeavors and instill a sense of confidence in their ability to communicate. We want students to become more conscious and conscientious speakers, and we seek to accomplish this through sparking a critical dialogue on campus that further develops student understanding of audience, purpose, and context, as it applies to both the academic and professional conversation.

To that end, we offer one-on-one Speaking Center sessions, where you are able to work with a trained peer Speaking Associate on all parts of the presentation process.

In addition, we offer a range of workshops throughout the year on speaking in both academic and professional settings, such as conference presentations or job interviews. If you are interested in this, send email to Cortney Smith, csmith5@oberlin.edu for more details.

We will open for the semester starting in the second module on October 30.

Hours

7–9 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday

Location

Writing Center space is just off the Academic Commons next to the CIT office.