Writing Center

Writing Center

The Writing Center exists to support the F&M writing community. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all welcome. 


Diagnothian Hall, Room 200




At Franklin & Marshall College, writing is a vital part of your education, and one of the most important ways in which you explore and connect ideas as you learn. To help you with all the writing you do at F&M, the College has established the Writing Center.  

The Writing Center is a place where you can come to talk about your work, discuss and clarify your ideas, and improve your writing style.  This process benefits all writers—from students composing a first college paper or preparing an initial presentation to those writing seminar papers or honors theses. 

You may bring any type of written work to the Writing Center. In addition to traditional academic essays, our tutors can help you with anything from a resume or personal statement to a creative writing assignment or group paper.  You may also work with us at any stage of your oral presentation, from getting advice on the text of your PowerPoint slides to detailed feedback on a full dress rehearsal of your talk.

Writing assistants serve as a friendly audience, helping you to organize, develop, and clarify your ideas.  They will not edit or proofread your written work for you but will help you to discover and correct your own errors.

You should schedule conferences more than one day before a project is due, and you should bring a copy of the assignment with you.  Try to develop some ideas of what you’d like to accomplish with your writing assistant prior to your meeting, as there is seldom time to look at every aspect of a work in progress.  If you are unsure of your goals for the writing conference, the assistant will begin by focusing on the overall purpose and organization of your project. 


How to Use the Writing Center

Writing Center appointments are managed online.  You can make or modify an appointment by visiting the Writing Center and requesting assistance, or you can schedule your own appointments online!   




The Writing Center is open for in-person appointments

If health reasons require you to schedule a virtual appointment, you may do so. However, please reserve these virtual appointments for situations necessitated for health reasons. All other tutoring should take place in person


Canceling Appointments

To cancel an appointment, please call the Writing Center at 717-358-3866.

Please cancel your appointment at least 4 hours in advance. 

This will allow us to give your appointment time to another student.


We at the Writing Center enjoy working with the entire F&M community, so to avoid lost time on our schedule and ensure our maximum availability, we will be instituting a no-show and late cancellation policy.

Beginning Sunday, November 5, 2023, if you are not able to attend the appointment you scheduled at the Writing Center, please cancel your appointment at least four (4) hours in advance.

Please note, that repeated instances of no-shows or late cancellations may result in a loss of Writing Center privileges.

If, due to an emergency, you are unable to cancel your appointment with sufficient advance notice, please call the Writing Center at 717-358-3866 and leave a message with the following:

For further details regarding the no-show and late cancellation policy, refer to the following schedule of steps, each occurring after a documented no-show or late cancellation:


Step #1

You will receive an email warning and reminder about the policy.

Step #2

Your Writing Center privileges—the ability to make an appointment—will be suspended for 1 week.

Step #3

Your Writing Center privileges—the ability to make an appointment—will be suspended for 2 weeks.

Step #4

Your Writing Center privileges—the ability to make an appointment—will be suspended for the remainder of the semester.




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