Writing & Language Center

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The Writing & Language Center (WLC), located on the first floor of Ladd Library (Room 101), empowers Bates students in becoming more effective writers, communicators, thinkers, and learners by providing a supportive environment for idea generation, collaboration, drafting, writing, revising, editing, studying, speaking, and presenting. WLC tutors are Bates students trained to listen to and guide their peers in using writing and language to achieve students’ personal and academic goals. 

Check out our drop-in hours

or make an appointment with a tutor on Penji.

Fall 2022 Hours

We are open!

Day of WeekMorning/AfternoonEvening
Monday11:00am – 3:00pm6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday11:00am – 3:00pm6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday11:00am – 3:00pm6:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday11:00am – 3:00pm6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday11:00am – 3:00pmCLOSED
SundayCLOSED6:00pm – 9:00pm

THESIS CAFE will be held every Wednesday from 9-11am and from 4-6pm for seniors writing theses or working on their capstone projects. More information available here.

The WLC is located in Room 101 on the First Floor of Ladd Library. To drop in, please enter Ladd Library, turn left, then left again. You can see us through the windowed walls behind ARC.

Hiring Information for 2022-2023 School Year

We are currently hiring for Language Tutors in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German, Latin, Greek, and French. Please view the “WLC Language Tutor” job description and apply here by Noon on Friday, September 9, 2022, or email Bridget Fullerton with questions at bfullert@bates.edu or writing@bates.edu.

Our 2022-2023 writing tutor roster is full at this time. We will be hiring writing tutors for the 2023-2024 school year beginning in February of 2023. Stay tuned for those ads on Handshake and consider taking our short term (’23) tutor-training course EDU s19 Theory & Practice of Writing & Tutoring.

Have a question about working as a WLC tutor? Please email Bridget Fullerton at bfullert@bates.edu or writing@bates.edu. Bridget will be happy to talk to you about the positions available, how to apply, and the awesome benefits of becoming a tutor.

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Our Values

In the Writing & Language Center, we seek to

  • Collaborate as equal partners with our peers.
  • Center processes over products.
  • Embrace and uplift our linguistic diversity.
  • Anticipate all learning styles.
  • Support the whole student.

Please read below for more detailed information about our services. If you have other questions, contact Bridget Fullerton, Acting Director of Writing@Bates and the Writing & Language Center.

Writing Tutors

What are Writing Tutors?

Writing Tutors are Bates students just like you 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 the WLC is open–or search WCOnline to find and book an appointment with the best tutor for your needs–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 are Writing Fellows who have taken the short term course EDU s19 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 2022 photos and bios coming soon!

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.

Drop by and see a language tutor anytime the WLC is open–or search Penji (coming soon!) to find and book an appointment with the best tutor for your needs–and let them know what you would like to work on.

Who are my Language Tutors?

Photos and bios coming soon!

When can I find a Language Tutor?

You can also search for writing and language tutors by time/day available in Penji (coming soon!).

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.

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, or CATs?

Photos and bios 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 the syllabus and due dates for your class. Watch for communication from them via email!

Writing Fellows

What are Writing Fellows?

Writing Fellows take the short term course EDU s19 Theory and Practice of Writing & Tutoring 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 Writing Fellows?

Photos and bios of current and alumni Writing Fellows coming soon!

Thesis Support

Thesis Café

Thesis Café offers students a quiet, supportive space for seniors to write, research, and think with their peers. Come for inspiration, motivation, and helpful answers to your writing questions. Professional staff will also be on duty, ready to offer you a friendly reading of your drafts. You need only bring yourself and your writing and researching tools of choice. 

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


Meet With a Peer Tutor or Professional Staff

WLC tutors are available during our open hours to read sections of your thesis or just to talk through and ask questions about your thesis research and ideas. Several of our tutors are also writing their theses and are happy to share strategies, tips, and empathy to help you along in this challenging process. Log in to Penji (coming soon!) to see our tutors’ schedules, to search for a writing or language tutor by subject or class, and/or to make a face-to-face or online appointment.

If you have specific thesis needs that a peer tutor may not be suitable for, please contact Bridget Fullerton, Acting Director of Writing@Bates and the Writing & Language Center.

Other Writing Support

We also provide support for grant proposal writing, cover letter and resume writing, job/internship applications, and graduate school applications. Contact us for more information about these services.