Writing Support for Students

The Writing Center offers individualized, personal help for students crafting papers and other written assignments. 

In one-to-one consultations, our staff and peer consultants will help you put your thoughts into words and ensure your writing conveys your ideas clearly. A consultant can help you answer the question that most writers have at some point: "Does this make sense?"

Schedule an Appointment

Please call the Writing Center at 570-577-3141 during daytime business hours to schedule a day or evening appointment, or book online with a peer writing consultant.

Masks are required for all in-person sessions. No exceptions. If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave. If you are working on a draft-in-progress, please come prepared to your session with two paper copies of your draft or a laptop so you can work with your consultant via Google docs. Please do your best to maintain physical distance from others during your session.

If you would prefer a Zoom session, please contact the Writing Center.

If you have any potential COVID symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), you must cancel and/or reschedule to meet via Zoom.

What to Expect in Your Session

Individual sessions typically last for one hour. We can help you brainstorm ideas, though it may be most effective to bring a draft in progress. When you come to your session, please be ready to share your concerns and questions about your draft. The consultant will invite you to read your draft aloud (or may read your draft aloud, if you prefer), stopping when questions arise. In this manner, the consultant can help you to clarify your own thinking and writing at all levels, from organization and content to grammar and sentence structure. Consultants can also help you learn to recognize and correct mistakes in grammar and punctuation, but they will not serve as editors or proofreaders of your work.

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Workshops & Events

The Writing Center hosts workshops and events throughout the year to help students craft their writing for specific purposes, such as honors theses and graduate school essays. Our interactive workshops are designed to be helpful for writers at any stage of the writing process, from those who have completed drafts to those who have yet to begin.

Registration is required. To register, call 570-577-3141 during business hours (8:30 a.m.-noon, 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or email jo.reish@bucknell.edu. Those registered will receive a Bmail invitation with Zoom link prior to the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Honors Thesis Proposal

Learn what the Honors Council looks for in a successful Honors Proposal and how to obtain helpful feedback from others in the proposal writing process.

  • Thursday, Sept. 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 211 Academic West Building
  • Friday, Sept. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 211 Academic West Building

Personal Statement

The graduate or professional school personal statement differs greatly from the college admissions essay. Learn how to persuade admissions committees that you are an appropriate candidate for their program.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 136 Dana Engineering Building
  • Monday, Nov. 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., via Zoom

Contact Details

The Writing Center

Location

Carnegie Building