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About

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 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. We open for tutoring Tuesday, Sept. 5!

Appointment Hours          
Monday
3pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm
Tuesday
3pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm
Wednesday
7pm-11pm
Thursday
3pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm
Friday
3pm-5pm
Saturday
None
Sunday
2pm-5pm, 7pm-11pm

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. We prefer hard copies of your work. At the COWS, we are not proofreaders. Instead, expect us to help you hone your ideas, discuss your organization, and identify areas for development. 

Speaking Tutoring Appointments

Coming soon!

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.

The following hours are reserved for faculty writing time.

Open Writing Hours for Faculty
Monday
None
Tuesday
9am-12pm
Wednesday
9am-12pm
Thursday
None
Friday
1pm-3pm
Saturday
None
Sunday
None

Senior Thesis Support

Thesis Boot camps

Thesis boot camps provide quiet, structured time for students to work on theses. They take place from 11am to 4pm on Sundays, one to three times a semester. Lunch and snacks are provided. Please see the Events page for the current boot camp schedule. 

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 Assistant Director Allie Donahue or a tutor to hire privately.

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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.

You may also apply for the position of Assistant Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking. This position requires a bachelor's degree.