Welcome to the home page of the Ithaca College Writing Center, located in Smiddy 107. Sponsored by the Department of Writing, we serve all Ithaca College students, staff, and faculty who wish to become better writers, thinkers, and readers. The Writing Center has two main goals: to help students from all disciplines develop their academic writing skills and to foster advanced writers across the College. We are committed to helping students see writing as central to critical and creative thinking.
All writers can benefit from a second reader. At the Writing Center, trained faculty and peer tutors work with folks at any stage of the writing process, from pre-writing through drafting, revising, and editing. We believe in helping people become better writers through a facilitated understanding of their own processes: we are not a drop-off editing service, but rather a holistic, caring, and professional place where undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty writers can discover fruitful, clear ways to best express and explain their thoughts and research.
In a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, writers at all levels may participate in one-on-one conferences to work on effective strategies for all aspects of the writing process. Topics explored in these conferences include
- generating, focusing, and organizing ideas
- understanding assignments and readings
- comprehensive rewriting of drafts
- sentence structure and style
- grammar, punctuation, and spelling
- research and note-taking methods
- documentation of sources
- ESOL needs
We offer these services for students in all disciplines -- humanities and sciences, business, health sciences and human performance, communications, and music. In our conferences we encourage students to develop their own voices and confidence as independent thinkers and writers. We will not revise or correct papers for students, but will help them learn these skills.
While many students visit us to work on assignments for their classes, we are also happy to work on pieces from independent creative writing to application essays and anything in between.