Writing at Bates

Read the shared core values of Writing at Bates here.

Bates believes that writing and critical thinking are inseparable. That’s why we emphasize the importance of writing as a means of learning across the four years—from the First-Year Seminar to the Senior Thesis.  All Bates graduates will have taken three writing-attentive courses: the W1 (a First-Year Seminar), W2 (and upper-level course with a disciplinary perspective), and W3 (a senior thesis or capstone course).

Bates also believes that speaking is an essential skill for every Bates graduate.  Writing at Bates workshops, staff, and resources promote the rhetorical connections between writing and oral communication.

Everyone who writes or gives a talk can benefit from getting feedback from a reader or audience member who can ask questions, point out strengths, and suggest improvements.  When they need an outside perspective, students at Bates have access to both highly trained peers and professional staff at the peer-run Writing and Speaking Center and through the professional Writing Specialists.  In addition, we encourage students to be explore the intersections between writing and speaking and are pleased to offer rehearsal space for student presentations at the Writing and Speaking Center’s Presentation Studio in Ladd Library.


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