What is the difference between revision, editing, and proofreading? When should I use each of these?
How do I structure a college essay?

Most college papers need a thesis that argues a point that can be proven or demonstrated with evidence in the paper. Use this worksheet to help see if  the paper has the points, evidence, and analysis to prove the thesis: Structure of an Essay.


Making appointments with Writing Faculty

To Meet With Writing Program Faculty and staff, you'll want to plan ahead when possible and schedule appointments with us via our computer based scheduling system, go.middlebury.edu/appt. The student workers or faculty or staff in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR) can show you how to do this, or you can use the link above. Please schedule appointments a few days in advance.

Drop-in Tutoring

Drop-in Writing Tutoring in CTLR and in the Five Commons  begins the second week of the fall and spring semesters.

About Us

The Writing Center offers a number of different services for students including drop-in peer tutoring at the CTLR, drop-in peer tutoring in the 5 Commons and the Anderson Freeman Center on Sunday evenings and embedded tutor support for FYS, CW, and WRPR classes. Additionally, we offer appointments with peer or faculty and professional writing tutors.

The Writing Center Director and CTLR drop-in site are located in the CTLR (Library 225). Email Genie Giaimo (ggiaimo@middlebury.edu) for more information. 

Embedded Tutor Support for FYS, CW, and WRPR Courses

The Writing and Academic Mentor for First-Year Seminars (FYSM) serves as a mentor and writing tutor for first-year students, assisting them with writing and oral presentation skills, and some time and project management (Jennifer Bates has a more in-depth support program for time management). The Mentor can work with students individually or in groups, either during class time or outside of class, for up to 60 hours over the course of the semester. The Mentors will be trained, supervised, and paid by CTLR.

The Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize


Ward Prize Certificate



The Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize competition recognizes annually those first-year students who are judged by the faculty to have produced outstanding essays in writing classes during that academic year.