The Writing Programs’ New Resources for Students in First-Year Seminar Courses


First-Year Seminar Tutors

Our First-Year Seminar tutors are experienced writing tutors who are here to help you out! They hold drop-in office hours in Bennet Hall, to which students of all class years can bring their work at any stage of the writing process. If you’re taking a First-Year Seminar course you’re welcome to attend these sessions for your convenience—and equally welcome to come to office hours in any of our other Writing Workshop locations.


First-Year Seminar Workshops 

We are also offering a series of workshops for freshmen:


Peer Editing Workshops

Thursday, October 10

Noon in 41 Wyllys, room 114

and 4:15 p.m. in 41 Wyllys, room 112

Friday, October 11

Noon in 41 Wyllys, room 114

and 4:15 p.m. in 41 Wyllys, room 112

The Writing Programs’ First-Year Seminar tutors and Graduate Fellows will provide guidelines to help edit your work and others’. Bring in a paper (an essay you’re working on now or one from high school) and get some feedback from your peers!

Publishing Workshop Series

Thursdays, October 17, 24, and 31

At 4:15 in the CFA Lab

Join Ford Fellow Piers Gelly for a workshop series on starting a campus publication. Workshops will cover InDesign basics, including layout and typography, as well as procedures for actually funding, printing, and distributing one’s publication. Bring a piece of your own writing and leave with a self-designed, printed booklet!


Humor Writing Workshop (with the Wesleyan Ampersand)

Friday, November 8

At 4:15 in Allbritton 004

Learn humor writing from the (semi)professionals: former Saturday Night Live intern and current editor of the Wesleyan Ampersand Sarah Esocoff ’15 will lead a discussion and workshop on the fine art of making people laugh.


More workshops to follow, including:


— How to Write a Sentence: a workshop on prose style

— How to Write a Research Paper: a workshop on organization, using evidence, and university research resources

— What is an Argument?

— Politics and the English Language: a discussion on George Orwell and good writing