The Writing Workshop offers a variety of resources for Wesleyan seniors working on a thesis, regardless of topic or department. In an effort to add to the support available for thesis writers, we have expanded our events and programs. All services are, of course, free. We look forward to working with you!

Thesis Mentor Program

Each spring the Writing Workshop offers a thesis mentoring program in which thesis writers are paired with trained mentors. Each mentor is a junior or senior student who is a veteran writing tutor. Thesis writers and their mentors meet weekly. Mentors can offer writing advice, assist with time management, and help plan or revise thesis chapters. Thesis writers have greatly appreciated this program in the past.

We will be accepting applications to work with a thesis mentor for the 2018-2019 academic year in November. To apply for a thesis mentor, please fill out this thesis menor application by Friday, November 9th at 9:00AM.

Successfully matched thesis students will be notified via email by November 19th and given the name of their mentor.

If we are not able to pair you with a thesis mentor, you may apply for a standard mentor and specify in your application that you would like to focus on your thesis. If you are seeking additional assistance, we encourage you to schedule regular appointments at the Writing Workshop. Please email us with any questions at

"I was so grateful to have a thesiss mentor to help give me some perspective on my thesis, tell me when my ideas needed more clarity, and provide necessary proofreading.  The free editing alone is reason enough not to miss out on this opportunity.  You will never get a chance to have this service outside of Wesleyan- take advantage of it while you can!"

-Elizabeth Trammell '10
High Honors from Russian Studies and Government,
nominated for University Honors

Students paired with a thesis mentor are expected to meet with their mentor at least twice a month (and ideally on a weekly basis) for approximately one hour. For more information, please contact Ford Fellow Isabel Steckel at  

Thesis Boot Camps

Thesis Boot Camps are free workshops offered by the Writing Workshop, one during Winter Break and one during Spring Break. These all-day workshops provide a space for senior thesis writers to do focused work on their projects. With goal-setting discussions, timed writing sessions, designated breaks, workshops and tutor-writer consultations, seniors will be able to make progress on their projects alongside fellow thesis writers and with the help of trained writing tutors. Both events will take place at the Shapiro Center for Writing (116 Mt. Vernon St), and students that attend will be provided with breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout.

Boot Camp days will be divided into “sessions” to allow students to spend the amount of time they need working. Interested students are asked to sign-up and indicate what sessions they are available to attend. More information about the upcoming sessions is below. 

Winter Break Boot Camp

Winter Break Boot Camp will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd, from 9AM to 4:30PM at the Shapiro Center for Writing. Boot Camp will be divided into two sessions: morning (9AM - 12:45PM) and afternoon (12:45PM - 4:30PM), though students are allowed to leave at any time. Interested students are asked to RSVP up using this Winter Thesis Boot Camp Sign Up so we can order the right amount of food. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Spring Break Boot Camp

Spring Break Boot Camp will be held on Friday, March 22nd at the Shapiro Center for Writing. Boot Camp will be divided into two sessions: morning (9AM - 12:30PM) and afternoon (12:30PM - 4:30PM), though students are allowed to leave at any time. Interested students are asked to sign up using this short form Spring Break Thesis Boot Camp Sign Up so we can order the right amount of food. The tentative schedule is below.

Morning Session (9AM - 12:30PM)

9:00 - 9:30: Free breakfast

9:30 - 9:45: Check-In

9:45 - 10:45: First Timed Writing Session 

10:45 - 11:15: Optional break

11:15 - 12:15: Second Timed Writing Session

12:15 - 12:30: Check-Out

end of morning session

Afternoon Session (12:30PM - 4:30PM)

12:30 - 1:15: Free lunch

1:15 - 1:30: Check-In

1:30 - 2:30: Third Timed Writing Session 

2:30 - 3:00: Optional break

3:00 - 4:00: Final Timed Writing Session

4:00 - 4:30: Final Check-Out

Weekly Write-Ins

Weekly write-ins are events designed to support thesis writers by providing them a consistent space in which to work on their theses and to build a community of thesis writers on campus. During four Wednesday nights in March and April, the Shapiro Center for Writing will be open to seniors writing theses and senior essays to come in and work on their writing. Interested students are not required to sign-up, but can attend whenever they need the space. Students that attend are also not required to stay the entire 2-hour period. Every write-in will be staffed by one or two Thesis Mentors, who are trained peer tutors available to answer writing questions, if needed. The Shapiro Center will also provide snacks and drinks for students, as well as activities for de-stressing.

The current dates for these write-ins are as follows:

  • March 6th, 8-10pm
  • March 27th, 8-10pm
  • April 3rd, 8-10pm
  • April 10th, 8-10pm


If you have any questions about these resources, please contact Ford Fellow Isabel Steckel at