Our writing consultants help with concepts such as focus, structure, style, and grammar. Speaking consultants help with planning a presentation or practicing its delivery.

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

To make an appointment, click the appropriate box below. You may also just walk in, but a scheduled appointment guarantees you a meeting. All writing appointments, including walk-ins, begin at 15 minutes past the hour. If you find that all times are taken, you may add yourself to a waiting list within the scheduler. See additional policies.

Location and Hours

208 Lathrop Hall
Monday - Thursday 10:15 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Friday 10:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Closed Saturdays
Sunday 2:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

To make an ESL/EFL appointment with the Second Language Coordinator, please click the "Writing Appointment" button. After logging in, click the drop-down menu at the top and select "ESL/EFL Prof. Varney." Appointments are available for any language area, including writing, speaking, reading, listening, and grammar.

MAKE/CHANGE A WRITING APPOINTMENT
REQUEST A SPEAKING APPOINTMENT

Workshop Resources

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 meet individually with students interested in more intensive language acquisition work. Please contact Megan Varney at 315-228-7913 or mvarney@colgate.edu with any second language concerns.
 

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.

Please come to your writing appointment prepared to share a draft and discuss your work actively; consultants will not provide content for essays or silently "fix up" you writing for you. If you have a full draft ready for review, please proofread and edit it to the best of your ability and then bring two printed copies to your session. Please also bring your professor's assignment prompt, if available. If you have not yet started writing, bring your notes and ideas; your consultant will ask questions to help you move forward and create an outline.

Overall, consultants respond to drafts by discussing a variety of 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.

Policies

  • Under no circumstances will we do a quick proofreading job in the hours immediately before a deadline. Sessions are interactive and designed to have help you develop a plan for revising your essay on your own, after the appointment.
  • You may schedule two appointments per week, but never on the same day. If you've used up your two scheduled appointments, you may walk-in on other days of the week, but never on the same day as another appointment. In other words, you may have one appointment per day every day that we are open, but only two appointments per week can be scheduled and reserved in advance.
  • If you have a draft, bring two printed copies. Also bring your professor's assignment sheet and any notes or other relevant material. Consultants will not read drafts on a laptop or computer.
  • Proofread your draft for errors to the best of your ability before your visit.
  • If you will be a few minutes late, call the Writing and Speaker Center at (315) 228-6085. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will give your appointment to someone else.
  • If you "no-show" twice without calling, you will lose appointment-reserving privileges for the semester.
  • Appointments are private. If a professor or advisor refers you to us, he or she may receive an acknowledgement that you visited, but the details of the session will remain private unless you give us permission to share.
  • You may modify or cancel your appointment online up to within 3 hours of its scheduled start-time.

IMPORTANT: The Writing and Speaking Center is not a computer lab; the printer and computers are reserved for use only during appointments. Thank you for understanding.

Mission

Serving undergraduates at Colgate, the Writing and Speaking Center is committed to the improvement of writers and speakers of all levels and abilities. Our peer consultants work with students from all disciplines at any stage of their project's process. 

The center aims to build confident and accomplished writers and speakers by helping students develop strong composing and delivery skills. We approach students' texts and presentations as works in progress, and we consider writing and speaking as powerful methods not only for communicating to others, but for developing and clarifying ideas themselves.

The center adheres firmly to Colgate's Academic Honor CodeWe will not write any portion of a student’s paper; we are not a proofreading service but an instructional resource. Sessions are highly interactive, focused on helping the student develop skills and plans for improvement. Visiting the center does not guarantee a perfectly polished final text.

Sessions are private except in cases when a staff member deems it necessary to discuss the student's work or personal situation with an appropriate administrator, or in cases when the student has given express permission for such sharing to occur.