The Director provides writing pedagogy and curriculum development for faculty via workshops and individual consultation on course design, instructional practices, developing writing assignments, responding to and assessing writing, and creating rubrics. The Director is also available to facilitate in-class workshops, designed in consultation with faculty, to support various aspects of the writing process and course assignments. Contact Jennifer Ambrose to request.

Writing Materials for Faculty

Multilingual Student Support

If you have a multilingual student in your class who you would like to refer for writing, speaking, listening, and/or reading support, please complete the Multilingual Student Support Referral Form. Alex Hanson (Coordinator of Multilingual Student Support, and Assistant Director to the Writing Center and OCC) will contact the student to determine what type of support would be most effective.

Curricular Planning and the College’s Writing Program

The Director of the Writing Center and the faculty Writing Advisory Committee work together to mentor faculty and to assist the Dean of Faculty and the Committee on Academic Policy in administrating the college's writing program.

Peer Tutoring in Writing

Peer tutoring in writing is a key support service for Hamilton faculty and students. Nominated by faculty and selected from a very competitive pool, the peer writing tutors  comprise Hamilton's most accomplished student writers. The writing tutors help fellow students with writing across the disciplines and at all levels. The tutors are prepared to help students develop their ideas, to discuss argument and organization, and to address major grammatical and stylistic concerns.

The advantages of writing conferences are many. Students discuss their ideas and receive feedback from experienced peer readers, they start assignments early, and they write multiple drafts. Hamilton students participate in more than 2,700 conferences a year; over 90% of students use the Writing Center during their time at Hamilton. If you would like to require conferences, please submit this form.

Individual Referrals

You may refer students having significant difficulty with writing to the director for ongoing professional tutoring.

Individual Faculty Consultation

The Writing Center director and the faculty members of the Writing Advisory Committee are available to meet with you to discuss any aspect of writing instruction, from designing assignments to responding to final drafts.

Writing Advisory Committee 2021-22

  • Benjamin Widiss, Literature, Chair
  • Alan Cafruny, Government
  • Alexandra List, Psychology
  • Jose Ceniceros, Math
  • Jennifer Ambrose, ex officio  
  • Naomi Guttman, Literature and Creative Writing Department Chair, ex officio


Office / Department Name

Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center

Contact Name

Jennifer Ambrose

Writing Center Director

Office Location
Kirner-Johnson 152
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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