The Writing and Speaking Center is committed to helping all Colgate students succeed as clear, effective communicators.

Peer consultants in the center work one-on-one with students and their projects, offering suggestions for revision and allowing students to experience their own work from a reader or listener's perspective. The consultants can also direct students to key resources for writers and speakers, including guides to various genres of academic writing and speaking.

Students are encouraged to visit at any stage of their process, from prewriting to polishing a final work. Although the consultants are not experts in all topics, they can ask questions that help writers and speakers clarify their ideas and organize them effectively.

Student using Writing and Speaking Center computer
The Writing and Speaking Center offers many services for students.

Fall 2020

The center will conduct appointments online this fall, and you can expect the same high quality of support offered in a regular semester. After you make or request an appointment, your consultant will reach out to you directly with instructions for how to connect. Depending on timing, you may be able to send your draft for review in advance of your meeting. Online appointments will require an Internet connection and Zoom or Google Chat.


Upcoming Events


Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism Google Site (must be logged in to Colgate account)

Contact Us

For more information, call the center at 315-228-6085, or e-mail the director:

Director of the Writing and Speaking Center


The center adheres firmly to Colgate's Academic Honor Code. We are an instructional resource and academic support center, not a proofreading service, and we will not write any portion of a student’s paper. Visiting the center does not guarantee a polished final text.

Students may have one appointment per essay draft, per day, space permitting. If all appointment times should become filled, students who have already had two appointments in that week will be moved to the waiting list.

Sessions are private except in cases when a staff member deems it necessary to contact an appropriate administrator, or in cases when the student has given express permission for sharing to occur.