The Writing Center

Services and Opportunities at the Writing Center

The Writing Center, staffed by well-trained peer tutors, is an invaluable campus resource. Located on the ground floor of Breidenbaugh Hall, it's a place where students across all disciplines can come to talk about their work, discuss and clarify ideas, and polish their writing style.

The Center's methodical process can benefit any   writer—from the first-year student struggling with his or her first college paper... to the student writing an application letter... to the senior writing an honors thesis. The Writing Center also offers an exceptional opportunity for prospective teachers in any discipline.

  • Students can drop in anytime during regular hours to work on individual assignments, group projects, or general improvement of their writing skills.
  • Although the Writing Center is a drop-in facility, students are encouraged to form a working relationship with a specific tutor, and return often to work on their writing.
  • The Writing Center staff encourages students to take responsibility for their own written work, and does not provide editing, proofreading, or ghostwriting services. Rather, the staff works with students and their assignments individually, assessing each writer's particular needs.

Writing Center Services

Staff members practice collaborative learning techniques as they work one-on-one with their peers, stressing a “process approach” to writing and promoting techniques that involve steps and stages. For example:

  • Prewriting activities like brainstorming, list making, and discovery drafts;
  • Writing (with multiple drafts);
  • Revision and editing.

All students are welcomed to take advantage of the Writing Center. Students may receive help with organizational or stylistic problems, or may work with a tutor to resolve specific grammatical errors that recur in their papers.

In each case, the writer will be provided with the necessary tools to make his or her own revisions.


William Lane, Director

Opportunities for Tutors

Student tutors are trained to assist with all types of writing -- from lab reports to critical essays. Students can qualify for a position by securing a recommendation from any Gettysburg College professor, completing an interview with Professor Lane, submitting a writing sample, participating in the peer associate workshop, showing enthusiasm about working with their peers.

Potential tutors should contact Professor Lane at x6756 or send email to

Hours of Operation

Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00 pm

Writing Center Appointment Form

(for staff use only)