About the Trinity College Writing Center
We work with students at all stages of the writing process to develop their confidence and abilities as writers. We are committed to fostering a community of inclusion, diversity and equity through which we believe we all become better students and writers.
Our goal is to help students improve their writing skills. To that end, Writing Associates will help you identify significant issues with content or recurring patterns of error in your writing, and explain how to fix them rather than editing or rewriting your draft.
Writing Associates are primarily available for In-Person Appointments, where you’ll work one-on-one on any sort of writing project for 30 min. to an hour (you choose). You can reserve an appointment in advance using this system, though we also are happy to take walk-ins at 115 Vernon.
If you are unable to make it to an in-person appointment, some of our Writing Associates are available for eTutoring. If you choose that option when you make an appointment, you’ll upload a Word document (using WCOnline), and a Writing Associate will review your project and provide feedback. The Writing Associate will spend the 1-hour appointment reviewing your paper, which typically allows them to work through about 6 pages, and post their response at the end of the scheduled time. For more specific feedback, you can leave comments within your document to which the consultant may respond.
Who Uses the Writing Center?
Whether you are a first-year student in a first-year seminar, a second-year student taking a writing intensive course, a third-year student with a writing assignment to complete for a course in your major, or a senior with a long research paper to write, we are here for you. We even give feedback to graduate students working on thesis projects. If you write, you belong here.
Do Writing Associates help students with Grammar?
Yes. We provide instructional guidance to help students learn to identify and correct their grammatical errors. In alignment with our educational mission, writing associates do not proofread students’ essays for them, but instead provide writing coaching to undergraduates in the following ways:
- Identify patterns of grammatical error
- Teach process-oriented strategies to find and correct errors
- Suggest proofreading techniques
- Work to instill the confidence students need to progress as writers
- Suggest additional resources for studying grammar
What is Good Writing?
Good writing stems from learning that writing is a process that includes seeking out and valuing feedback. Ultimately, good writing is inherently tied to a simple and magnificent truth: writing is about making choices that have consequences. Learning to write is a process of inquiry into form, function, style, grammar, organization, and rhetoric.
"The writing associate helped me organize my essay. He helped me by guiding me as I created an outline and by helping me think through the entire writing process."