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Writing Center

The foundation for any great student? Writing.
Writing essays, designing websites, giving presentations--college students from all majors are constantly composing. All these forms of writing are vital ways in which students learn, share what they've learned, and develop their communication skills as future professionals. The Writing Center supports how all forms of writing are taught and learned at York College.
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At the Writing Center, we believe "Words Matter."
Naylor Workshop for writing research at York College

Work with expert researchers Naylor Workshop

The Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies is an opportunity for you — regardless of experience level — to grow as a skilled researcher and meet researchers from around the country. This is a great fit if you're an undergraduate student of any major who is interested in developing and conducting research projects to expand our knowledge and improve our practices in fields of composition, rhetoric, and writing center studies. This year's workshop is Sept. 9-11, 2016.
  • Become part of a local network of undergraduate students from varying institutions, including experienced and new undergraduate researchers guided by mentor faculty members.
  • Conference one-on-one with writing researchers in the fields of composition, rhetoric, or writing center studies to discuss research ideas, goals, and methodologies.
  • Engage in workshops to assess the quality of research, design a research question, and learn and practice qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Utilize independent workshop time to construct or develop a research study.
  • Compile authentic feedback and recommendations from writing researchers and students.

What we do

Writing help for students and faculty
  • Students

    What we do for students

    We offer individual consultations for students writers on their work-in-progress, workshops, and quiet space to get your writing done (have a noisy roommate? Come to us!). Many students and faculty benefit from our standout Writing Fellows Program, in which a peer tutor is dedicated to a particular section of a course and supports those students both in class and outside of class. Other benefits:

    • In-class workshops about specific composing & revising topics that faculty can request;
    • Workshops and other writing-related events, like writing retreats, in the writing center;
    • Support for undergraduate research through collaborations with the Schmidt Library, and with the Naylor Workshops for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies;
    • A collection of both print and electronic resources for student writers.

    Want a tutor? We make that easy. Just schedule an appointment and we'll have someone available who can give you individualized support.

  • For faculty

    What we do for faculty

    We offer Writing Fellows (for a whole semester, or just for special projects) as well as many other services to help you support your students and your own scholarly writing. Many faculty members consult individually with our director on issues like writing assignment design or providing feedback to student writers. You can request in-class visits from the writing center—either a quick introduction to our services, delivered by a peer tutor, or workshops on specific writing topics co-constructed by the faculty member and writing center director.

    • Individual consulting with the Writing Center Director on writing pedagogy, writing assignment design, and responding to student writing;
    • Workshops and group discussions about writing pedagogy;
    • Individual consulting for faculty on their own scholarly writing projects, grant or conference proposals and professional materials (Curricula Vitae, cover letters, etc.);
    • Ad hoc tutor/fellows initiatives to support student writing, like assisting a class with peer response or providing feedback to students during class meetings dedicated to researching or writing.
  • Writing research

    Writing research

    Like other writing centers around the world, the YCP Writing Center contributes to scholarship about how writing is taught and learned. We think it’s important to base our practices on serious scholarly research, so we can provide support for writers that we are confident will be effective.

    Our research is conducted by both our director and our peer tutors, and is shared at our regional conference, hosted by MAWCA (The Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association), and at national conferences sponsored by CCCC (The Conference on College Composition and Communication), NCPTW (The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing) and IWCA (The International Writing Center Association).

Contact Us
Writing Center
Jennifer Follett, Director
Humanities Center, Room 18
Phone: 717.815.2087
Hours Mon-Thu. 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Center for Teaching and Learning: 717-815-1296
Email: writingcenter@ycp.edu
Schedule an appointment