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The Center fOr Writing and Speaking (COWS) is committed to developing Whitman students' writing and speaking skills. The COWS employs trained student tutors who provide one-on-one consultation in academic writing and speaking to all Whitman students. The tutors are available to help students at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing. The COWS also hosts events to improve Whitman students' communication competence. The center is located in Olin 191.

Writing Tutoring Appointments

Book now to guarantee an hour-long appointment, or just drop in to meet with an available tutor. 

COWS Tutoring Hours 
Monday 3 - 10 p.m.
Tuesday 2 - 10 p.m.
Wednesday 4 -10 p.m.
Thursday 5 - 10 p.m.
Friday 3 - 5 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. & 6 - 10 p.m.

You are welcome to visit the COWS at any stage in your composition process. Please bring all materials related to your assignment including notes, drafts and professor comments. At the COWS, we are not proofreaders. Instead, expect us to help you hone your ideas, discuss your organization, and identify areas for development. 

If you are in need of tutoring in speaking, you can make an appointment on the same schedule by clicking "Limit to:" and selecting "Speaking" before creating an appointment. This action will limit the schedule to the availability of the tutors who are able to take on speaking appointments.

Open Writing Hours

In addition to tutoring, the COWS also offers a quiet and focused atmosphere for writing with access to computers, a printer, and writing resources. Whenever the door is open, feel free to use our space.

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M: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
T: 12 - 2 p.m.
W: 12 - 4 p.m.
Th: 12 - 4 p.m.
F: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Faculty Writing Hours

Faculty Writing Hours are:
T/W/Th: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
F: 1 - 3 p.m.

Copyediting Policy

The mission of the COWS is educational: we support students in their growth as writers and speakers. As such, copyediting is beyond our purview. If you would like copyediting for your senior thesis, you are welcome to contact a tutor to hire privately. 

Work for the COWS

Students are required to take COMP 310: The Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing, taught by Professor Lydia McDermott, as a prerequisite to working in the COWS. The course introduces major theories in peer-tutoring, debates concerning the teaching of writing, and practical tutoring techniques. 

Once students have completed the course, they may fill out an application to work as a tutor. 

If you have questions, please email COWS Director, Professor Lydia McDermott.

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