What is the difference between revision, edting, and proofreading? When should I use each of these?
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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.

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Making appointments with Writing Faculty

<p>To Meet with Writing Program Faculty</p>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, AccuTrack. 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 online link at the Writing Center website Scheduling usually happens a few days in advance, but sometimes students find last minute openings. Some students schedule weeks ahead to ensure that they get the help they need on a particular paper.

If we have no openings in AccuTrack that fit your schedule, feel free to email Jennifer Bates(jbates@middlebury.edu) or Mary Ellen Bertolini (mbertoli@middlebury.edu), or  Catharine Wright (cwwright@middlebury.edu) (Catharine Wright is available W15 & S15 only), to inquire about alternate times. Sometimes we can create alternate times and/or accommodate last minute requests. You may try one or all of us.

It is very acceptable to meet with two different tutors, at different stages in the writing process, on the same paper (professional then peer, peer then peer, peer then professional).

If we are unable to meet with you on a particular paper due to scheduling/time constraints, we urge you to work with a Peer Writing Tutor during their drop-in hours in the CTLR from 7:30 p.m.- midnight, Sunday-Thursday evenings. Peer Writing Tutors, also, hold drop-in hours in all five Commons. Find the most current the hours and locations here.

 

Sessions with peer writing tutors  usually run about 30 minutes per student.

Visit or Contact the Writing Center

To meet with Writing Faculty, you'll want to plan ahead when possible and schedule appointments using the computer based scheduling system, go/appt.

During the semester, Peer Writing Tutors are available for drop-in tutoring in CTLR and some evenings in the Commons.

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Contact us: Writing Center at MIDD

Questions? Mary Ellen Bertolini, Director Writing Center

 

Peer Writing Tutors

Drop-in peer writing tutoring begins the second week of the fall and spring semesters. Drop-in Peer Writing Tutors are available for writing tutoring sessions:

7:30 pm - midnight Sunday through Thursday
(except during school vacations)

in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research (Davis Family Library 225) and some evenings in the Commons. Commons peer writing tutoring occurs in all five Commons on various evenings.

Peer writing tutors can, also, help with oral presentation skills. Sessions usually run about 30 minutes per student. No appointment is necessary. Drop-in tutors are not available during Winter Term.

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Writing and Academic Mentor for FYS

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, time and project 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. To learn more about the program contact:

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.

The prize was established in 1978 by Paul W. Ward's widow, Dorothy Cate Ward '28, their daughter Marren Ward Meehan '62, and their son-in-law Tom Meehan '62. In her letter to the College Mrs. Ward wrote:

"This prize is offered in memory of Paul W. Ward, whose life-long career as a journalist and diplomatic reporter bought him both the Pulitzer Prize and the French Legion of Honor. During his long career he emphasized the use of basic English as a writer's most necessary tool. Precise and exact usage of words, exact meanings, phrases expressed lucidly and gracefully, seemed to him the most direct and understandable means of communicating with his readers. We, his family, hope these beliefs and standards will furnish the criteria on which this prize will be judged."

And so they have, every year, since 1978.