What We Are…
We provide carefully selected, fully trained student Writing Advisors to work on writing assignments in all subjects, in all grades in the Upper School. Students can bring assignments at any stage of development: brainstorming, outlining, rough or polished drafts. We'll help them wherever they are to make their writing clearer and more effective.
We are also the "home base" for creative writing here at GA. We will sponsor several programs each year that bring professional, working writers to campus to meet and work with our students. We hope to bring writers of all type and description: poets, fiction writers, journalists, editors, playwrights among others.
The Writing Center will also promote opportunities for students to participate in writing competitions and to send their work out for publication. We plan to institute a program of coffeehouses, where students can share their work with each other and with the community.
Through connections with off-campus programs, such as the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, we will seek out opportunities to connect with the larger writing community, and to expand and promote creative writing here at GA. We also plan to support our on-campus publications, and to offer an ongoing writing workshop for students interested in sharing and critiquing their original creative writing.
What We Are Not…
A fix-it shop. Student Writing Advisors will offer an objective opinion to help clarify ideas and provide support in the revision process. They will not rewrite papers for their student-clients. Their job is to provide a second set of eyes to help spot flaws, and to provide a sounding board as a student clarifies her or his goals and ideas. But the writing, and the work, is and must always be wholly the student's own.
A place exclusively for struggling writers. Even the most confident, accomplished writers can benefit from expert feedback. A trained Writing Advisor can offer valuable advice and perspective to anyone from a new ninth grader to a seasoned AP veteran.
Only for English papers. We welcome students working on writing from any subject, from a lab report to a research paper to a journal entry. We're interested in any kind of writing, in any discipline. We can also help with college admission essays and even teacher recommendation letters.