On-Campus Writing Resources
Your Professor’s Office Hours:
Many new college students don’t realize that all faculty at Colby hold “office hours,” a few hours each week the professor schedules (usually in their office on campus) specifically for their students to bring questions about class materials, a new assignment, research ideas etc. Going to your professors’ office hours is a good way to learn more about their expectations and to ask specific questions you might not want to raise in class. When it comes to writing assignments, “Could you read this paper and tell me what you think?” is too big a question; many professors will not welcome this question. Try to bring more specific questions or ask the professor to review your introduction, the first page of a draft, or your research sources.
First-Year Writing Courses (W1s):
Every Colby first-year student will take a small (16 students), writing-intensive seminar (a “W1”) in the Fall, JanPlan, or Spring of their first year. Though many Colby courses will include lots of writing and reading, this course is designed to ensure that Colby students have a small course in their first year that places an emphasis on writing, revision, and an introduction to college-level academic writing and research practices.
W1s and many other writing-intensive courses are matched up with a designated peer writing tutor. If your class has a Writing Fellow, make sure to get to know this upper-class student as they can be very helpful in explaining the professor’s expectations, going over comments on papers, and working with you on drafts of your writing . Usually, Writing Fellows will do things like make short presentations in class or help lead in-class writing review groups. Some WF’s may choose to have set office hours, while others may prefer for you to set up a meeting with them at a time that works for you.
Farnham Writers’ Center (FWC) Peer Writing Tutors:
The Farnham Writers’ Center supports writing at Colby through peer writing tutoring, faculty support, and special writing events. Trained peer writing tutors are available to work with you on all aspects of writing from brainstorming to revising a draft to polishing a final project. Writers’ Center tutors use a “non-directive” approach to most tutoring, so they will ask you to remain the owner and expert on your writing rather than telling you the “right” way to revise or “fixing” your paper for you. Peer writing tutors are trained to produce better writers, not just better papers.
The Writers’ Center has a new space in 206 Miller on the 2nd floor! You can make an appointment online with a tutor from 10AM-4PM and 6PM-midnight from Monday to Thursday and 6PM-midnight on Sunday. If you’re in urgent need of a writing tutor on a Friday, contact email@example.com and he’ll find an “on call” tutor for you. Make an appointment under the Appointments tab on the FWC website: http://web.colby.edu/farnham-writerscenter/
EN112 Expository Writing Workshop:
Writing Program faculty coordinate EN112, a non-graded, one-credit course for individualized one-to-one writing help available for students who would like additional help with a particular writing-intensive course, advanced writing projects, or assignments in writing-intensive classes at any level. EN112 students are matched with a tutor and meet weekly for ten individual tutoring sessions throughout the semester.
Colby’s librarians are also important resources for writing that you might not think of at first. They can be the key to helping you find research and information beyond Google and Wikipedia (which your professors will usually require). They can also tell you about the research databases and books owned by Colby’s libraries, help you figure out good search terms, and how to narrow your search so that you don’t always get hundreds (or even thousands) of results. Colby has three libraries: Miller (Humanities and Social Sciences), Olin (Natural Sciences), and Bixler (Art and Music) and expert librarians work in each building, though Miller is always a good place to start for first-year class help. The libraries’ home page can also help you get started: http://libguides.colby.edu/home2
For More Information or Questions:
Colby Writing Program Director, Stacey Sheriff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Farnham Writers’ Center Director, Paula Harrington (email@example.com),
Writing Program Coordinator, Alexander Champoux (firstname.lastname@example.org)