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.

In spaces across campus, students can get feedback on their writing from trained peer and professional staff, attend workshops and other events, and access our online resources.

Professional Writing Specialists
Located in Coram Library, Second FloorThree professional staff, each with a doctorate and much experience teaching writing, meet with students by appointment to discuss class assignments, senior theses, grant proposals, and other writing tasks.
Find out more about the Writing Specialists.

Make an appointment with the Writing Specialists


The Peer Writing Center
Located in Ladd Library

Bates undergraduates chosen for their knowledge, writing ability, and interpersonal skills meet with their fellow students in an informal learning environment. These writing assistants work with students on a drop-in basis during day and evening hours.
Find out more about the Peer Writing Center.

Questions about Writing at Bates?

Contact Daniel Sanford, Director of Writing at Bates and Academic Resource Commons
207.786.6160.  Coram 228

Questions about Peer Writing Assistants?

Contact Joanne Cole, Coordinator of Peer Writing
207.753.6986. Coram 221

Questions about Writing Specialists?

Contact Misty Beck, Writing Specialist in the Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies 207.786.8375.  Coram 222A

Contact Lauren Vedal, Writing Specialist in the Humanities
207.786.6133.  Coram 226

Contact Seri Lowell, Writing Specialist in the Sciences and Coordinator of the Peer Science Leaders 207.753.6985.  Coram 224