On-call Hours Through Exam Period

The Writers’ Center offers on-call tutoring only from the last day of class through the end of exams. To make an appointment with an on-call tutor, please contact one of our head tutors at headtutors@colby, and they will help you arrange an appointment,
The Writers’ Center closes for the summer on Monday May 15.

Tutoring for Multilingual Students

The Colby Writing Program now has a full-time multilingual specialist, Dr. Ghada Gherwash,
who works during the academic year with non-native English speakers on all aspects of their writing in academic writing. She is available by appointment at ggherwas@colby.edu and on a drop-in basis. Her office is in Miller 207B and her extension is 5297.

Tutor Props!

If there’s one thing that we know, it’s that our writing tutors rule. They do so many things (working late shifts, teaching sections of EN112, working with professors as Writing Fellows, supporting the center at Kennebec Valley Community College, running community writing events)…and that’s just what they do as tutors! As students at Colby they do so much more, from running campus clubs, to conducting amazing research, to winning awards, to initiating new projects/initiatives, etc. … not to mention the other travel, jobs, and internships they do outside of school. You can see some of the things they do in their bios (“Meet the Staff” under appointments), but we decided that it was about time to acknowledge some of the neat things they (our current and past tutors) do in a Tutor Props post.


  • Abbott Matthews: Academic Specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense and the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. In February, Abbott left for an English Teaching Fullbright in Brazil.
  • Cale Wardell: Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center
  • Lauren Fisher: Living in Tel Aviv, working at Israel Experience and pursuing her M.A. in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University.
  • Michael Langley: Living in Lesotho, teaching English as a member of the Peace Corps
  • Rachel Haines: Completed the Columbia University Publishing Course, now Assistant Editor at eScholastic.
  • Kelsey Naruse: Working for Marquis Consonus, a healthcare company that deals with long term care and acute rehab.
  • Patrick Martin: Accepted to MA programs in Foreign Policy


  • Anna Hess: Spent JanPlan implementing clean water program in Ghana, hoping to continue working on environmental policy in the future.
  • Ariella Gintzler: Giving summer kayak tours. Accepted to the Green Corps, still waiting for placement but interested in working on renewables, food policy, and clean energy. Also considering publishing industry.
  • Emily Nadel: Accepted to Match Corps Boston, Match Community Day School doing one-on-one tutoring with students parallel to classroom instruction.
  • Gabby Johnson: Accepted to the Venice internship program for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection where she will continue to pursue her interests in art history and museum curatorship.
  • Kristen Starkowski: Will be going to Princeton University to pursue her PhD in English.
  • Kate Bellerose: PhD in Latin American studies
  • Lucas Killcoyne: Working at Penguin Group, breaking into the publishing world!


  • Em Jamieson: Over the JanPlan semester participated in the pre-med academy 
  • Savannah Judge: Spent Fall semester in residence at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences doing independent study on algae species
  • Shelby O’Neill: received the Laurie Peterson Memorial Award for “a Junior Government major who, ‘through academic achievement and evidence of leadership and character, has made an outstanding contribution to the Department.'”


FWC Offering “OnCall” Tutoring Over JanPlan

With the decreased number of students on campus during the JanPlan period, the Farnham Writers’ Center will be going down to part-time operating hours (6-10pm) and instead offering “OnCall” services during the day. Students interested in signing up for a session should email FWC Coordinator Alexander Champoux.

Colby Tutors Present at NCPTW

Three tutors from the Farnham Writers’ Center attended the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) Nov. 1-3 in Tampa, Florida, along with Director Paula Harrington and Coordinator Alexander Champoux. Olivia Biagetti ’14, Justin Lutian ’15, and Andy Kang ’15 presented a panel titled “Negotiating Tutee Anxiety and the Identity Gap” with specific focuses on working with community college tutees, tutees of diverse sexualities, and tutor-tutees. In addition to presenting, the representatives of the FWC attended presentations from other colleges and universities on topics falling under the conference theme “Year of the Writer.”

Tampa Sunset

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Andy Kang '15, Justin Lutian '15, Alex Champoux, Paula Harrington, Olivia Biagetti '14