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.
The Writing Center offers both Online Appointments and eTutoring Appointments. An Online Appointment is recommended for any stage of the writing process including drafting, revising, and final edits. You should schedule an Online Appointment especially if you are working on the outlining stage, essay development or argument evidence, or if you need to talk through ideations or brainstorming, or if you are concerned about clarity in your writing.
Schedule an eTutoring Appointment for review of sentence level concerns, such as sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, mechanics, or grammar. At this point, your work should need just one last read through but is well developed. Please leave comments within your document or highlight sections you want to work on specifically.
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."