Writing Center at UMass Amherst

Writing Center at UMass Amherst The Writing Center is a place where students, faculty, and staff in the university can work with a knowledgeable tutor on their writing. We Work with Writers We believe that every writer needs a reader.
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Writing Center tutors work with undergrad, graduate, staff, post-doc, and faculty writers on any academic genre at any point in the writing process. Our highly-trained tutors from a variety of disciplines help writers develop a draft, clarify an argument, gain control over sentence structure, re-organize a text, and learn to reflect on and build productive writing practices. We meet individually with writers in 45-minute consultations both face-to-face and online. After an initial conversation about the writing project, the tutor and writer read the text and discuss options for its revision. Writers often bring just an idea or an assignment to the Center and work with a tutor on how to begin writing. We Work with Instructors Our tutors are available to visit your classes to explain what we do and answer any questions your students might have. Presentations take about ten minutes, and some students have told us that it’s helpful to learn about the Writing Center from a fellow student writer. We are also happy to collaborate with you on teaching a writing-related concept in your class. If you’re interested in scheduling a visit or collaboration, please write to us at [email protected]. We hope that instructors will encourage students to visit the Center, but we ask that instructors not require students to see a tutor or offer extra credit for visits. Our mission is to work with self-motivated writers seeking support, and because we have a small staff, we do not have the capacity to guarantee all required appointments. For these reasons, tutors do not sign notes or otherwise provide instructors with information about students who visit the Writing Center.

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Exciting news from the Writing Center! We’ll be open during winter session! Visit umass.mywconline.com to book an appoin...
11/30/2020

Exciting news from the Writing Center! We’ll be open during winter session! Visit umass.mywconline.com to book an appointment

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11/19/2020

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At the WC, we're here to make sure your final papers are high KOALA-ty! Yes, we are open during finals week! We will be ...
11/18/2020

At the WC, we're here to make sure your final papers are high KOALA-ty! Yes, we are open during finals week! We will be closed for the Thanksgiving Recess from November 21-29. We will reopen on a reduced schedule on the following days and times:

Monday, November 30th, 10am-2pm
Tuesday, December 1st, 10am-2pm
Wednesday, December 2nd, 10am-2pm

Our finals schedule is open and taking appointments! Visit umass.mywconline.com today!

Dear UMass Writers,Starting to feel burnt out at the end of the semester? One of the best things to do when we are start...
11/17/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Starting to feel burnt out at the end of the semester? One of the best things to do when we are starting to fall behind on work is get help from a friend. Find someone you trust that you can share your writing with! Whether it's a friend, classmate, TA, or professor, working on your writing together helps bring a fresh perspective to your ideas. If you're not sure where to start, you can also book an appointment at the writing center. Go to umass.mywconline.com to book an appointment, and visit umass.edu/writingcenter to learn more.

-Kyle A., Undergraduate Tutor

Listening to music during each step of the writing process can help some writers remain motivated, focused, and positive...
11/16/2020

Listening to music during each step of the writing process can help some writers remain motivated, focused, and positive as they write! Check out these playlists suggestions that our tutors love to listen to while they write:

listening to a playlist in a language you do not understand
White noise
Cafe sounds
Mario Kart
Creativity boost
Jazz Rap
Lo-fi Beat
Deep Focus
Studio Ghibli Cafe
Achilles Come Down by Gang of Youth
Garden Indie
Stardew Valley soundtrack
Instrumental Jazz
Instrumental Disney
Gregorian Chants
Instrumental Christmas

Playlist compiled from suggestions by: Ashley, Allison, Axel, Chandler, Danyea, Elena, Faith, Jackie, and Maya

Alt text: The image shows 5 music notes against a teal-colored background. The text on the image reads, “Music for the Writing Process! Playlist suggestions from Writing Center Tutors.”

Dear UMass Writers,Sometimes the amount of what you don't know may feel insurmountable. The only way to get over these f...
11/12/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Sometimes the amount of what you don't know may feel insurmountable. The only way to get over these feelings of intimidation is to get started and do the research!

--Stacie K., Graduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers, You have worked hard and given so much this semester! But as we wrap up make sure to take time for y...
11/11/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

You have worked hard and given so much this semester! But as we wrap up make sure to take time for you too!

-The Writing Center

Alt text: An image with different suggestions for things that a person can "take" when they need time off from work.

Dear UMass Writers,Are you having trouble taking time for yourself? Do you feel like you have to justify self-care time ...
11/10/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Are you having trouble taking time for yourself? Do you feel like you have to justify self-care time - or feel like it's a waste of time that could be spent doing other things? Try making something. This can really be anything - a piece of art, something that's knit/ crocheted, a new recipe, even tidying your space or anything else that you can think of! Find something to take your mind off things in a way that still produces something at the end. This can be something as big as learning a new skill (or embarking on a large project in a skill that you already know) or as small as doing the dishes. Instead of feeling like you've "wasted" time that could be spent doing something else, you'll feel accomplished with something to validate it!

- Faith P., Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers, Looking for tips on how to start your paper? Check out these brainstorming tips. -- Melanie G, Under...
11/09/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Looking for tips on how to start your paper? Check out these brainstorming tips.

-- Melanie G, Undergraduate tutor

Want to meet with a tutor? Book an appointment with one of our tutors! Go to umass.mywconline.com to book an appointment, and visit umass/edu/writingcenter to learn more.

Dear UMass Writers,Noticing a dramatic increase in screen time with remote learning? Before starting your next big writi...
11/08/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Noticing a dramatic increase in screen time with remote learning? Before starting your next big writing project, try to plan for a screen time break as a mental reset. Experts associate excessive screen time with strained eyes, increased fatigue, and disrupted sleep patterns. When you come back to your computer to write, you'll feel refreshed and motivated!

--Sam M., Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers, Election Day is TODAY!!! Check out the link below to review all the information that you need to kno...
11/03/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Election Day is TODAY!!! Check out the link below to review all the information that you need to know in order to vote in your state. Make sure that your voice gets counted!! Comment below if you have already voted (like I have!)
https://howto.vote

-- Karima, Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMASS Writers,Are you voting by mail in Massachusetts?Your ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, 2020, ...
10/28/2020

Dear UMASS Writers,

Are you voting by mail in Massachusetts?
Your ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and received no later than Friday, November 6, 2020.

-The Writing Center

[Envelope being placed in a Ballot box; the text reads: "Voting by mail in Massachusetts? Your ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and received no later than Friday, November 6, 2020."]

Dear UMass Writers,Try to do something you enjoy each day, even if it's just for a short amount of time.--Jackie O., Gra...
10/27/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Try to do something you enjoy each day, even if it's just for a short amount of time.

--Jackie O., Graduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,We look forward to seeing you!-The Writing Center
10/26/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

We look forward to seeing you!

-The Writing Center

Dear UMass Writers, Go to sleep!!!! Really!!!!--The Writing Center
10/22/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Go to sleep!!!! Really!!!!

--The Writing Center

Dear UMass Writers, Struggling with the mid-semester slump? You aren't alone. Something I've done to keep me going is se...
10/21/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Struggling with the mid-semester slump? You aren't alone. Something I've done to keep me going is setting aside 15-30 minutes a day to do something I enjoy. This can be something as simple as calling an old friend, going for a walk, or baking cookies! Whatever you choose, make sure you are enjoying yourself. Remember, we're all in this together!

-- Melanie G, undergraduate tutor

Want to work with a tutor on an upcoming writing assignment? Book an appointment at the UMass Writing Center! Go to umass.mywconline.com to book an appointment, and visit umass.edu/writingcenter to learn more.

Dear UMass Writers,Did you know that the skills you learn in the Writing Center can apply to other parts of your life as...
10/20/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Did you know that the skills you learn in the Writing Center can apply to other parts of your life as well, including being an informed voter? Here’s a list of skills that you can use in your voting and writing practices!

--Sam M., Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,Not only does your voice make your writing stand out from others, but your voice matters when you vot...
10/19/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Not only does your voice make your writing stand out from others, but your voice matters when you vote too. In today's political climate it is important to make sure your voice is heard. Get out and vote in this upcoming election!

- Emily B, Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,With so much (mis)information out there, how can you decide what to vote for? Here are our 3 quick ti...
10/18/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

With so much (mis)information out there, how can you decide what to vote for? Here are our 3 quick tips:

1. Look at multiple sources!

2. Talk to people you trust!

3. Write about it!

—The Writing Center

Dear UMass Writers, Stress, anxiety, or other bad feelings making it tough to start writing? Try starting a "venting fil...
10/15/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Stress, anxiety, or other bad feelings making it tough to start writing? Try starting a "venting file" where you jot down what's stressing you out at the start of each writing session. It can help you think through your feelings and may lead to some productive writing!

--Shannon M., Assistant Director / PhD Student

Dear UMass Writers,If you're feeling stuck and isolated at home, come talk it out at the Writing Center. Don't get trapp...
10/14/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

If you're feeling stuck and isolated at home, come talk it out at the Writing Center. Don't get trapped in your head. Writing is collaborative, so make an appointment to speak to a tutor at umass.mywconline.com.

--Stacie K., Graduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,Feeling restless and having trouble focusing? I'm there with you! One thing that's really helped me i...
10/13/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Feeling restless and having trouble focusing? I'm there with you! One thing that's really helped me is setting a timer for 25 minutes, where I commit to ONLY working on my writing for that time. I don't let myself look at my phone, browse the internet, shop online, or even change the music on Spotify. Then I take a break from my screen for 5 minutes, and repeat. Breaking my work up into short chunks and committing to focus helps me concentrate on my work, and building in a break ensures I don't burn out. Give it a try!

-- Bo, Assistant Director / PhD student

Seeking more writing support? Book an appointment with one of our tutors today! Go to umass.mywconline.com to book an appointment, and visit umass.edu/writingcenter to learn more.

Dear UMass Writers,Though this isn't directly related to writing, we still care about everyone's health and safety! Reme...
10/12/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Though this isn't directly related to writing, we still care about everyone's health and safety! Remember to wear a mask to keep those around you safe and practice social distancing. We want to be back on campus as soon as possible, so we all have to play our part. Stay safe!

-Danyea, Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,When I find myself staring at a blank page and don’t know where to start, saying my thoughts out loud...
10/07/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

When I find myself staring at a blank page and don’t know where to start, saying my thoughts out loud can feel easier than writing them down. It sounds simple, but it helps me get unstuck at so many points during my writing process! Try stepping away from your screen and recording some ideas as voice memos on your phone. Or come brainstorm with a tutor at the Writing Center—you may realize that you have more to say (and write) than you think!

— Margaret, Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,Heard about anyone being proud of their sh*tty first draft? I am that person and I encourage you to b...
10/06/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Heard about anyone being proud of their sh*tty first draft? I am that person and I encourage you to be proud of your sh*tty first drafts. Just keep writing and let it flow with sh*tty ideas. Trust me! It will take you to your best draft. All great writings come out of those sh*tty drafts. So, why not start now!?

----Rowshan Chowdhury, Graduate Tutor/PhD Student

P.S. Check out Anne Lamott’s article “Sh*tty First Drafts”

Dear UMass Writers,Feeling overwhelmed as the semester picks up? Don't get spooked! Try focusing on one writing assignme...
10/05/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Feeling overwhelmed as the semester picks up? Don't get spooked! Try focusing on one writing assignment at a time by making an appointment with a Writing Center tutor at https://umass.mywconline.com.

--Sam M., Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,Struggling with writing motivation? Feeling anxious about starting a writing project? Try breaking yo...
09/29/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Struggling with writing motivation? Feeling anxious about starting a writing project? Try breaking your writing down into smaller steps (such as free writing, creating an outline, or writing a paragraph on the main idea) and then treat yourself to a break and a latte, chocolate, or other treat you enjoy once you accomplish those smaller goals!

-Ashley Canter, Graduate Tutor

Dear UMASS Writer,Struggling to create a topic sentence?Start writing, then transplant!Even when we have a plan, we freq...
09/27/2020

Dear UMASS Writer,

Struggling to create a topic sentence?

Start writing, then transplant!

Even when we have a plan, we frequently develop our ideas by writing them out. Often, the very last sentence or two of a paragraph can be "transplanted" back up to the top to serve as a topic sentence with only a little revision!

-The Writing Center

Dear UMass Writers,Are you struggling with the organization of your essay? We've all been there! Write out the main idea...
09/23/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Are you struggling with the organization of your essay? We've all been there! Write out the main idea of each paragraph on index cards and rearrange them until you like the order! Once you find something that you're satisfied with, tape it all down to a piece of paper. As you're writing, if the flow doesn't work for you anymore, peel off the tape and start again!

- Faith Palermo, undergraduate tutor

Dear UMass Writers, Stuck on how to start writing? We've all been there. I always have to remind myself that my first dr...
09/21/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Stuck on how to start writing? We've all been there. I always have to remind myself that my first draft isn't my final. We have to start somewhere, though, and allowing ourselves to ease into the writing process can make it feel more approachable. You don't have to be in love with your first draft, but it's a great way to get your ideas down!

-Danyea, Undergraduate Tutor

Dear UMass Writers,Everyone gets writer’s block from time to time. I find the best solution is to clear my head. Get out...
09/17/2020

Dear UMass Writers,

Everyone gets writer’s block from time to time. I find the best solution is to clear my head. Get out of the house and go for a walk, take a shower, listen to some music. Once I come back to the prompt, I write whatever comes to mind and see where things go from there. If I’m still stuck, I’ll make an appointment at the writing center to talk it out with a fellow tutor. We all need help sometimes!

-- Emily B Undergraduate Tutor

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Training looks a little different now that we’re fully online, but we love seeing everyone on Zoom at our monthly staff ...
09/16/2020

Training looks a little different now that we’re fully online, but we love seeing everyone on Zoom at our monthly staff meetings!

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