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. Come visit us in the Academic Commons in the main library in Mudd Center. The hours are 7 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and from 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.

The Writing Associate program curates a blog, the WA Journal , which serves as an archive for projects and papers written by students in the program.

Browse the website to learn more about our program. If you have questions or concerns, let us know by sending an email to Laurie McMillin, program director, at lmcmilli@oberlin.edu .

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 spring semester 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
  • 3–5 p.m., Sunday
Spring 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 Charlie 
Delaney
Vanessa
Charlie 
Delaney
Vanessa
Tavi
AJ
Giselle
Dylan
Tavi
AJ
Giselle
Dylan
Tavi
AJ
Giselle
Monday Delaney
Grace
Min Hye
Delaney
Grace
Delaney
Elijah
Sihan (Simon)
Elijah
Sihan (Simon)
Sean
Janine
Julia
Sean
Janine
Julia
Sarah
Janine
Julia
Tavi
Tuesday Vanessa
Ellen
Vanessa
Ellen
Charlie
Thobeka
Charlie
Thobeka
Will
Dylan
Sean
Elijah
Will
Dylan
Sean
Elijah
Will
Dylan
Sean
Wednesday Lucas
Miche
Min Hye
Lucas
Miche
Min Hye
Miche
Giselle

Giselle
Tavi

Janine
Giulia
Will
Sarah
Janine
Giulia
Will
Sarah

Janine
Will
Sarah

Thursday Rehaan
AJ
Rehaan
AJ
Charlie
Thobeka
Charlie
Thobeka
Grace
Ellen
Julia
Grace
Ellen
Julia
Giulia

Giulia
Ellen
Julia

Friday Vanessa
Miche
Min Hye
Miche 
Sihan (Simon)
Elijah
Sihan (Simon)
Elijah
Sihan (Simon)
Closed Closed Closed

 The Writing Center is a collaborative space Sunday through Thursday night. Quantitative Skills (QS) tutors and a Media Center tutor will be available for drop-in consultation in the Writing Center these nights from 7–10 p.m.

In addition to holding hours in the main library, Writing Associates staff open drop-in hours each week at the Multicultural Resource Center and the International Student Resource Center.

MRC

Monday

  • 10 a.m. to noon (Thobeka Mnisi)
  • 1–2 p.m. (Jad Kaiss)
  • 3:30–5:00 p.m. (Victoria Albacete)

Tuesday

1–3 p.m. (Jad Kaiss)

Wednesday

1–3 p.m. (Brian)

Thursday

1–3 p.m. (Jad Kaiss)

Friday

1–2 p.m. (Jad Kaiss)

ISRC
  • 7–10 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday

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, contact Cortney Smith, csmith5@oberlin.edu for more details.

We will open for the semester starting in the second module after spring break.

Hours

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

Location

Writing Center Space off the Academic Commons next to the CIT office.