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About The Farnham Writers' Center

  • What: Since 1984, the Farnham Writers' Center has been working with Colby students, faculty, and staff on their writing. We are a free resource available to all writers on campus. No matter how far along your paper is, no matter the subject, we are qualified and anxious to talk to you! We'll ask and answer questions about your writing, discuss your style and technique, and encourage you to take a pro-active role in your own writing. The Writers' Center also has a number of references on various types of writing, writing across the cirriculum, writing theory and pedogagy, and different styles of citation. Our Writers' Center library catalog has more details.

  • Who: Twenty trained Colby students staff the Writers' Center. They range from sophomores to seniors, and represent several disciplines, including:
    Administrative Science
    American Studies
    Creative Writing
    Environmental Studies
    French and Italian
    International Studies
If you'd like, you can request to work with a tutor who is majoring in a particular subject. ALL the tutors, however, are trained in tutoring ALL the disciplines, so you're guaranteed to work with someone who is familiar with the expectations for writing in your particular discipline. To learn more about who we are, check out our profiles. All of the tutors who work in the Writers' Center undergo rigorous training in our EN214 class, Tutoring Writing, in which students combine tutoring theory with practice in preparation for becoming Writers' Center tutors.
  • Where: Miller 9C, at the Roberts end of the Street (down the hallway next to Miller 8).

  • When: We're open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sunday through Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.; and Thursday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. To find out which tutors are working when you're making an appointment, take a look at this semester's schedule.

  • How: To guarantee yourself an hour-long tutorial, make an appointment by calling extension 5290 (207-859-5290 off campus). Or if you're in the area, just stop by--walk-ins are welcome!

  • Why: Every published writer has had at least one person give him or her feedback. When other people read your writing, they can point to places for elaboration or clarification, gaps in logic, or a problematic thesis--and then work through these areas with you. The Writers' Center provides a second (or third, or fourth...) review of your paper, and we'll talk you through the process of refining and synthesizing your ideas, and then the fine-tuning that makes a paper shine.

So stop on by! We offer a great (FREE) service here at Colby. We hope to see you soon!

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