A Tortoise for Every Tiger: Writing At Princeton
Tigers are strong, fast, and fierce, so why would they possibly need a tortoise? To tackle their writing, of course! At Princeton’s Writing Center, our Fellows (a.k.a. Tortoises) are happy to help at any stage of the writing process—and we encourage all writers to “Be the Tortoise”: to take each assignment slowly, allowing ample time to rethink and revise. Every writer needs and deserves a reader, and our Writing Center Fellows are eager to be your reader, whether you come in with a draft for your Writing Seminar, a cover letter for your job search, or (in a few years!) part of your senior thesis. Test the clarity of your argument on an outside pair of eyes, and hone your thinking through the feedback and questions offered by your Fellow. You can even come in to brainstorm before you’ve done any writing at all. We’ll be glad to talk through your ideas and help you devise a plan of attack. One of Princeton’s most popular academic resources, the Writing Center holds more than 5,000 conferences a year with students across the university. That’s about 250 conferences a week during the academic year, most of them 50 minutes long, some 80 minutes long (for junior projects and senior theses), and all of them free! Sign up for an appointment ahead of time on our website http://writing.princeton.edu/center, or visit during drop-in hours from 7-11pm, Sunday-Thursday. You’ll find us on the ground floor of Lauritzen Hall in Whitman College. Our Tortoises can’t wait to meet you!
The director of the Princeton Writing Program oversees the program's three core initiatives: the Writing Seminars, intensive courses in academic inquiry taken by every Princeton freshman; the Writing Center, which offers one-on-one conferences to undergraduate and graduate student writers; and Writing Across the University, which includes workshops for JP and Senior Thesis writers, Dissertation Boot Camps, and special six-week courses on writing in science and engineering.
Amanda Irwin Wilkins teaches a writing seminar called Modern Memory, which draws on her research into how writers imagine war from the home front and navigate the aftermath of collective and individual trauma. She also co-teaches GEO/WRI 201: Measuring Climate Change: Methods in Data Analysis & Scientific Writing.
A graduate of Haverford College, Amanda has been at Princeton since 1998 where she earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature and then served as associate director for the Writing Center. She became director of the Writing Program in 2010.