Senior Thesis Writers: Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor!

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting data and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis. And when I say soon, I mean really soon. As in this weekend. (Seriously.)

But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor!

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting as regularly as you’d like to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out this form by Friday, November 16 at 5 PM. Please note that this is a very popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we will likely not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest that you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please direct them to Ford Fellow Emma Mohney at (860) 265-2440 or

“From Science to Writing” Lecture — 11/6, 4:15 p.m.

Evelyn Lamb:  “From Science to Writing”

              Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012     4:15pm       311 Allbritton

Evelyn Lamb is a freelance science writer with a Ph.D. in math.  Or maybe she’s a mathematician who does freelance writing on the side.  She talks about her start in writing and how to incorporate writing into your career as a scientist or mathematician.

Evelyn received her Ph.D. in Math from Rice University in 2012.  In 2012 she was awarded the American Math Society’s Mass Media Fellowship.  She spent her fellowship at Scientific American, where she continues to write, blog and podcast.

Apply For A Writing Mentor — Apps due 9/16

If you’re seeking to improve your writing this semester, you should sign up for a Writing Mentor! Your mentor will work with you one-on-one throughout the semester on anything and everything you’re writing, from term papers to cover letters to short stories.

Students of all academic disciplines and levels of expertise are encouraged to apply. All services are free.

You can read more about the program and access the online application here. Please note that this is an incredibly popular program that consistently has a wait list. If you’re interested, get your application in quickly!

Applications are due Sunday, September 16th by 11:59 p.m.

Questions or concerns? Please contact Emma Mohney, Ford Fellow in the Writing Programs, at (860) 685-2440 or .

Apply to be a Writing Tutor! Apps due 4/23

 Improve your writing, help other students with theirs, and impress the whole world with your skills.

The Writing Workshop is currently hiring tutors and mentors for the 2012-2013 academic year!

As a writing tutor, you will receive one course credit in English and a $400 stipend for one semester’s work. All tutors are trained in ENGL 491, the Ford Teaching Seminar, which meets weekly on Tuesdays from 12-1pm. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

The pre-application, which consists of a brief online questionnaire, is due Monday, April 23 at 5 pm.

The full application is due Monday, April 30 at 5 pm and is to be delivered to Professor Greene’s office in hard copy (Downey House Room 207).

To learn more or apply, please visit:


Questions?   Contact Professor Anne Greene at x3604 and, or Ford Fellows Anya Backlund and Katherine Mechling at x2440 and

The Writing Workshop — Drop-in & Appointment Hours

Four eyes are better than two. Visit a tutor at Wesleyan’s Writing Workshop!

At the Writing Workshop, students can meet privately with a trained tutor who will help with any stage of the writing process. Come in to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, to structure your essay, or to edit a completed draft.

Our tutors are experienced fellow students who are here to serve as non-judgmental readers and helpful critics. They will listen, ask questions, and offer advice about your writing.

Whether you’re working on an essay, a research proposal, an honors thesis, a creative piece, or an internship application, the Writing Workshop can help! All services are free.

Drop-in Hours:

Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 PM                        Olin 106 (First Floor)

Appointment Hours:

Monday-Wednesday, 1-4 PM                     Shapiro 306 (Third Floor of Allbritton)


Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 PM                        Shapiro 306 (Third Floor of Allbritton)

                                                                         Science Library 77 (Basement) 

To make an appointment, click on “Writing Workshop” in the Academic Resources section of your E-Portfolio. 

For more information, visit:

We look forward to working with you!

Anya Backlund and Katherine Mechling, Ford Fellows in the Writing Programs, 103 and 104 Downey House, (860) 685-2440,

Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs, 207 Downey House, (860) 685-3604,

48 Hour Magazine Project — Starting Friday Noon

48 Hour Magazine Project 

We are going to write, edit, design, and publish a magazine over the course of forty-eight hours.

We’re seeking writers, photographers, artists, filmmakers, designers (both print and web), copy editors, and anyone else who thinks this is even remotely a good idea. Your efforts will define this project because we can only make it happen with a great team of contributors. You can spend anywhere from one to forty-eight hours with us, assisting with any or every step of the process. Experience is not necessary.

Here’s how it will go:

At noon on Friday, November 11th, we will announce the magazine’s theme, a loose topic that you can use as a jumping-off point for your work. We’ll also have a selection of prompts, prods, and suggestions if you’re looking for a little extra direction. Over the next forty-eight hours, you will join us in selecting and editing content, establishing the magazine’s graphical and editorial identity, and designing the print and web editions. You’ll even get to help choose the name.

Why bother? It’s going to be forty-eight hours of frenzied fun and free food. When we’re done we will have an awesome magazine to distribute throughout campus (for free!), and we will weep joyous tears of elated exhaustion and/or exhausted elation.

If you want to contribute, send an email to At noon on Friday, will will announce the theme and prompts  via facebook and email (and on Wesleying).

Follow us on FacebookAlso, tell your friends.

Many thanks to the Shapiro Creative Writing Center for making this event possible.

Introducing the Writing Workshop Blog for Student Writers

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Writing Workshop Blog. The Writing Workshop Blog is a resource for student writers and students who write. Affiliated with the Writing Workshop, where students can meet one-on-one with a trained peer tutors, this blog is meant to serve as a space to discuss, promote, and improve our writing.

Topics range from the academic to the personal, the practical to the fantastical. With student interviews, advice, events, and suggestions, the blog is updated daily and will provide a hub for discussions and information about writing at Wesleyan.

The blog is entirely student-written and student-run.  We encourage you to all check it out!  

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email us at Happy reading!

Writing Prizes & Fellowships 3/3

Apply for the Writing Prizes and Fellowships Awarded By the ENGL Department and Writing Programs. Sophomores should feel welcome to apply for most of the prizes and fellowships, except for where indicated. Sophomores are eligible to apply for an Olin Fellowship for independent study over the summer. The fellowships are to be used for work in English outside the Wesleyan course structure. Suitable projects may include, for example, study in an academic program, research, training in research methods, or sustained work on a piece of writing. Unless otherwise indicated, all entries are due by March 3, 2011 by 5:00 PM.

 Sophomores are also welcome to apply for the Wesleyan Writers Conference Scholarships. They should note that the deadline is March 24th, 2011.

 Visit the Writing Prizes website for prize and fellowship information: