Writing Center

The mission of the writing program is to support learning processes that value versatile and accurate written expression, demonstrate academic excellence, and serve the world community. By experiencing the connections among writing, reading, and thinking, students will develop morally, spiritually, intellectually, and socially.

Principia’s writing program emphasizes the growth and development of the writer throughout the undergraduate curriculum. The program is both intensive and extensive and follows the models for both writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines.

The WRITING CENTER welcomes you!

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Sunday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., in the Marshall Brooks Library Café area



Wednesdays, 9 p.m. – 10 p.m., 3rd Floor Library Classroom


January 30: Getting Started

Don’t know what to write about? This clinic offers guidance in generating ideas and choosing topics.

February 6: How to Write a Thesis

Don't make your reader wander aimlessly through your paper! Come to this clinic to learn how to write a thesis that — like a good GPS — will give your reader a clear sense of direction.

February 13: Effective Research Strategies

The library and the Internet are such vast sources of information that they may seem daunting. How do you know where to look? Join us to learn skills to navigate your research adventure.

February 20: How to Organize and support a Great Persuasive Paper

Keeping your ideas organized in a paper is a snap if you start by outlining your argument.  This clinic will show you how to structure your argument and support it logically and persuasively.

February 27: How to Choose, Integrate, & Cite Sources

Learn how to 1) choose sources that will support your argument, 2)  integrate quotes, paraphrases, and summaries into your paper, and 3) avoid accidental plagiarism by crediting sources correctly.  Includes an overview of annotated bibliographies.

March 6: How to Revise like a Rock Star

This clinic will show you how to make meaningful revisions that clarify, tighten, and liven up your paper, then how to proofread for a polished, professional finished product.


March 20: How to Use Commas Correctly

End comma confusion!  The key is mastering a few simple comma rules.  If you want to feel confident in your comma usage, this clinic is for you!

March 27: Interjection! How to Use Parts of Speech

Is that a preposition? Who’s ever heard of a participle? This introduction to parts of speech will help you find and fix things that get lost in the bigger picture of grammar and paper-writing.

April 3: How to Avoid the “Awkward” Sentence

Unsure what’s “confusing” in your paper? Want to clarify your writing? Stop by for a session on structuring sentences that mean what you say without clunky words getting in the way. 

April 10: How to Write Intros and Conclusions

You’ve just made the next Citizen Kane. How to get people to come see it? You need a GREAT movie trailer!  You’ve just written an awesome paper that will change people’s lives.  How to get people to read it?  You need a GREAT intro!  This clinic will show you how to generate interest in what you have to say, then leave ‘em cheering in the aisles with a strong wrap-up.

April 17: Tips on Writing Your Final Papers

Make sure your term ends not with a "whimper," but a "bang!"  Learn how to avoid some of the most basic writing errors that keep many final papers from getting that "A."

April 24: How to Structure a Research Paper

Research papers have many components — source integration, counter-argument, facts, and your own ideas. Come learn how to organize the parts to present your findings.

May 1: Proofreading Strategies

Learn how to evaluate and revise your own work before turning it in for a grade. This clinic will provide you with strategies to self-reflect on your own style, readability, and grammar.