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Writing and Speaking Center

All writers and speakers benefit from constructive feedback. At the center, writing consultants can help with aspects such as focus, structure, style, and grammar. Speaking consultants can help you organize a presentation and practice its delivery.

Two students work through a paper in the writing & speaking center.

Location & Hours

208 Lathrop Hall
Monday - Thursday 10:15 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Friday 10:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Closed Saturdays
Sunday 4:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

For help with a paper or oral presentation, please click the box above to make an appointment. All appointments begin at 15 minutes past the hour. If all times are taken, you may add yourself to a waiting list within the schedule. You may also just walk in during open hours, but an appointment guarantees you a space. Please bring 2 printed copies of your draft plus any source material (see our policies).

Writing in College

Professors Jennifer A. Lutman and Suzanne B. Spring provide an introduction to writing in college, and provide advice and tips for students to learn to write for their college classes. READ MORE


Learn more about learning opportunities offered by the Writing and Speaking Center with our 2014-15 brochure. READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions

Who comes to the Writing and Speaking Center?
Each year, hundreds of Colgate students visit the center, and most rate their session as “Helpful beyond expectations” and return at least once. The center's visitors range from students who experience some level of difficulty in meeting college-level expectations to those who excel in class assignments at Colgate yet still want to hone their craft as part of a writing community.
Does the center support multilingual ESL/EFL students?
Yes, all WSC consultants are trained to help students with diverse linguistic backgrounds adapt to the conventions of Standard U.S. Academic English.

Additionally, our affiliated ESL/EFL specialist is a faculty member who can work individually with students interested in more intensive language acquisition work. Please contact Suzanne B. Spring at 315-228-7316, or sspring@colgate.edu with any second language concerns.
Who are the consultants?
The consultants are current Colgate students from across the disciplines and class years. The peer consultants receiving ongoing training and have been selected not only for their skills, but for their genuine interest in others' ideas, voices, and learning.
How should I prepare for a session?
If you have a draft or an outline, bring two copies to your appointment. Please also bring your professor's assignment prompt, if available. If you have not yet started writing, bring your notes and ideas along with the prompt; your consultant will ask questions about your understandings and potential arguments to help you move forward.

Overall, consultants respond to drafts by discussing a variety of relevant aspects, such as focus, development, structure, style, grammar, source integration, or delivery. Be prepared to talk with your consultant about honing your own craft and think about each session as a part of the process of cultivating the arts of writing and speaking.

Contact Us

For more information, call 315-228-6085 or e-mail the director, Jennifer Lutman at jlutman@colgate.edu