The Speaking Center

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

Welcome to the Speaking Center sign
The Speaking Center is hosting an Interview Crash Course the week of 4/19! For more information, to register for our workshop, and to sign up for a mock interview, follow this link.

All sessions for 2020-21 will be conducted online and by appointment only. The Speaking Center opens for the semester on February 15th. Appointments are available Sunday—Thursday. Follow this link to schedule a session with a Speaking-Writing Associate. Please schedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance.

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. 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 students 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,, for more details.


Appointments are available Sunday—Thursday at various times throughout the day.


All Speaking Center sessions in 2020-21 will be online.

Meet the Speaking Associates!

Speaking Associates facilitate speaking workshops for various classes and hold appointments in the Speaking Center. To schedule a meeting with a Speaking Associate, visit our calendar



Cortney Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor
Sarah Dalgleish, Writing Associate Program Fellow