Writing & Language Center

The Writing & Language Center empowers Bates students in becoming more effective writers, communicators, thinkers, and learners by providing a supported environment for students to generate ideas, collaborate, draft, write, revise, edit, and present. The center supports students in using writing and language to achieve their personal goals. 

Writing Tutors

What are Writing Tutors?

Writing Tutors are peer tutors who specialize in assisting students with any and all writing assignments. They are trained and willing to help you with papers, essays, speeches, presentations, and group projects in any discipline. You can seek help from a writing tutor at any time during your writing process, from brainstorming to reading through drafts, incorporating instructor feedback and polishing it all up. The writing tutors’ goals are to support your growth as a writer and your improvement on skills like organization, thesis statement construction, incorporation of outside sources, argumentation, and more. Drop by and see a writing tutor anytime that ARC is open, and let them know what you would like to work on. They provide an empathetic and non-judgmental , collaborative environment that is centered around your questions and goals. 

Many of our writing tutors have been certified as Writing Fellows through the short term course, The Theory and Practice of Writing and Tutoring. This means that they have completed intensive training on the pedagogy of tutoring writers.

Who are my Writing Tutors?

Fall 2021 photos and names coming soon!

When can I find writing support in the WLC?

Beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, all in-person peer tutoring services will be offered during our Fall ’21 Hours of Operation:

Monday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Tuesday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Wednesday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Thursday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Friday11am – 3pm
SaturdayClosed
Sunday6pm – 10pm

Thanks for visiting. We look forward to seeing you!

English Language Learner Support

What does the WLC have for English Language Learner support?

We seek to foster and promote the use of diverse languages at Bates while also providing support in English to improve academic writing and speaking skills.  Writing@Bates staff members are trained in the foundational approaches to support ELL students and multilingual speakers. If possible, we can arrange an appointment with a writing tutor who is also fluent in your first language.  Resource Representatives (at the front desk) can accommodate your preferences in language support.

Please contact us with any further questions or concerns.

Language Tutors

What are Language Tutors?

Language Tutors are here to support all modern and ancient languages offered at Bates. The tutors support Latin, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German, and French. They can help with vocabulary, grammar, and translation questions. Language tutors will introduce themselves in classes at the beginning of each semester but can help support classes of all levels. They can be particularly helpful to help organize notes or practice before a test/exam.

Who are my Language Tutors?

Fall 2021 photos and names coming soon!

When can I find a Language Tutor?

Beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, all in-person peer tutoring services will be offered during our Fall ’21 Hours of Operation:

Monday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Tuesday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Wednesday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Thursday11am – 4pm and 6pm-10pm
Friday11am – 3pm
SaturdayClosed
Sunday6pm – 10pm

Thanks for visiting. We look forward to seeing you!

Course-Attached Tutors, or CATs

What is a Course-Attached Tutor, or CAT?

Course Attached Tutors, or CATs, for Writing & Speaking  CATs (formerly known as PWSAs and TWAs) are writing tutors assigned to a specific course.  We have CATs for writing and speaking attached to each First Year Seminar and many W2s, or courses in our Writing-Attentive Curriculum. This position provides class-oriented support, including but not limited to written and oral assessments. CATs are in this position because they demonstrated expertise in the subject, built a strong relationship with the professor, or have previously taken the course.  CATs will introduce themselves at the beginning of the semester, but you can also ask your course instructor or come into the Writing & Language Center to find their contact information. If you are enrolled in a course with a CAT attached to it, schedule a meeting with them. They possess the tools and background to assist you with the particulars of your assignments and content.  Think of CATs as a subspecies of general writing tutors–their sole responsibility is your course. CATs are designed to help you, in your class, when you need it. 

Who are my Course-Attached Tutors (CATs)?

Fall 2021 photos and names coming soon!

When can I find my Course-Attached Tutor in the Writing & Language Center?

Your CAT will set hours when they are available based on they syllabus for your class. Watch for communication from them!

Writing Fellows

What are Writing Fellows?

Writing Fellows take Education s19, ‘Writing Center Theory & Practice,’ where they engage deeply with the academic field of composition and writing center studies while practicing their skills in a practicum supporting writing in the local community. Writing Fellows apply their training and experience to working within the ARC, supporting Bates students as writers and Bates faculty as teachers of writing.

Who are my Writing Fellows?

Thesis Support

When can I find thesis support?

Thesis Cafe

Thesis Cafe offers students a quiet, supportive space to write, research, and think with other thesis writers. Come for inspiration, motivation, and helpful answers to your writing questions. ARC tutors who are also writing their theses will be on duty, ready to offer you a friendly reading of your drafts, to point you to additional support, or simply to commune with you as you all write together. You need only bring yourself and your writing and researching tools of choice. 

In Module C, Thesis Cafe will happen four times per week, every week at the following times and locations:

DayTimePhysical Location or Zoom Link
Monday 7pm – 9pmRoger Williams 105 (13 students max)
Tuesday 7pm – 9pmZoom Link
Wednesday 4pm – 6pmRoger Williams 105 (13 students max)
Thursday9am – 11amZoom Link

We hope that offering two sessions per week in a physical, socially-distanced digital learning lab and two sessions online, and offering both morning and evening cafes will accommodate students’ diverse learning preferences and students studying from “away” or in other time zones (we know you’re out there!).

We look forward to seeing you, hopefully, on a regular basis!


Please use this calendar below to view time, location and Zoom links for each scheduled Thesis Cafe. Click on a scheduled session to place that information on your own Google Calendar.

Meet with an ARC Peer Tutor for Writing

ARC Peer Tutors for Writing are available whenever the Writing Center is open. Log in to WC Online to see our tutor schedule and make an appointment.

Meet with Writing @ Bates Professional Staff

Writing @ Bates professional staff are also available to meet for one on one consultations.

Bridget Fullerton – Social Sciences, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

Stephanie Wade – Natural Sciences, Pyschology, and Interdisciplinary Studies

The WLC also provides support for grants and proposals and job/internship applications. Contact us for more information about these services.