The Writing Center

Visit the Cornish Writing Center Lounge

The Writing Center staff enjoys welcoming students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our space. When visiting Cornish, come by and we’ll make you a cup of tea or coffee and show you around. We’re located in MCC 212, conveniently next door to the library. Not only can writers address all of their research and writing needs in one corridor, our space is carefully outfitted with a cozy lounge with sofa and chairs. We have the usual amenities you'd look for in a writing space, including tables for group or individual work, and nine PC computer workstations. Follow us on Facebook  and Instagram for announcements about writing workshops and other word-themed special events.

What is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center provides Cornish students with free personalized writing support through individualized half-hour conferences. Writers visit the Writing Center to chat with consultants about any kind of writing, such as:
  • class essays
  • creative writing
  • presentations
  • resumes and cover letters
  • artist statements
  • anything else they’re composing
And there’s no need to have a draft for an in-person conference because our consultants love to help writers brainstorm! We are here to help during any and all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to editing. During a conference, writers can expect our consultants to be active readers. We focus on the writer’s goals and concerns and provide practical feedback by asking questions and helping writers think through the possibilities in their writing.

In-Person Consultations

What to Expect & What to Bring 

We begin by asking each writer about her project and what she’d like to work on together. It’s always helpful when a writer brings any notes or drafts she’s written, as well as a copy of the assignment if the project is for a class.Schedule an appointment, or just drop in. Drop in anytime we’re open and a consultant will usually be available to chat shortly. We also welcome appointments so we can reserve a time just for you. Contact us by emailing writingcenter@cornish.edu or stop by our office to reserve a 30-minute or 1-hour consultation time.

Can’t make it in? Submit your writing online 24 hours a day.

We invite our busy Cornish writers to submit drafts online. Online, consultants respond to a variety of writing concerns, such as:

  • How can I achieve better organization in my paper?
  • Does the tone of my cover letter sound professional? How could I make it more polished?
  • Does the conflict between these two characters come across in my short story? What could I do with the dialogue to emphasize that?
  • And many more!

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Our Writing Center consultants are Cornish students, mentored by the Writing Center Director, Amanda Hill. Peer consultants are inquisitive writers and artists who are thrilled to talk with fellow artists about their writing. Writing Center consultants take a semester-long class dedicated to theories about writing and developing strategies for supporting all kinds of writers with all kinds of writing questions.

Writing Center Mission Statement and Learning Objectives

WRITING CENTER MISSION STATEMENT

We believe that writing is a means to think through and communicate about our art, and an art-form unto itself. By using collaborative, question-based, and writer-centered approaches, we support students of all backgrounds and abilities as they develop into more effective, confident writers.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Through our consultations and services, we aim for writers to achieve the following objectives, differentiated by frequency.
       We aim for new users of the Writing Center to:

  • Know what the Writing Center offers and when to seek our resources

  • Know that writing is a process & there’s no wrong way to go about it

  • Develop new writing strategies

  • Feel comfortable talking about their writing


    We aim for seasoned users of the Writing Center to:

  • Exercise agency in discussing and revising their own writing

  • Build awareness of their own strengths & weaknesses as writers

  • Recognize that writing choices depend upon audience

  • Feel confident writing in different contexts

Alumni are Welcome!

Cornish alumni are welcome to continue to use Writing Center services after graduation. They may visit face-to-face or submit online using their Cornish email. We just ask that alumni users respect the volume of current student consultations we conduct by doing two things: 

1) Be thoughtful about the frequency with which they seek feedback, especially during mid-term and finals week.
2) Be aware that during busy times of the semester we may need to prioritize currently enrolled students. In practice, this may mean it takes us a few days to get back to you with video feedback, rather than 24 hours, or we need to find an alternative time to meet with you. We'll let you know if that's the case. 


Consultants

Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill

Writing Center Director

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Amanda is the Writing Center Director and Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Humanities & Sciences Department. Amanda enjoys collaborating with Cornish Peer Consultants, faculty, and staff to support Cornish writers. She also works as a consultant in the Writing Center and teaches writing courses in Research and Digital Writing. When not in the Writing Center, she enjoys reading sci-fi and fantasy, writing short stories and articles she only sometimes finishes, shamelessly binging on reality TV cooking shows, and puttering in her vegetable garden with fair-to-middling success.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Lily Shababi

Lily Shababi

Lily is a fourth year music major studying Violin/Composition. When she’s not yelling at her laptop music machine, you can probably find her in the Writing Center sipping on some coffee and working (not yelling) with her peers. 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Areas of specialty: resumes, cover letters, research papers and any type of music analysis writing. 


Kit Bernal

Kit Bernal

Kit is a fourth year student in the art department here at Cornish. Her passions are art and curating. Originally from Colorado, Kit loves cacti, all types of noodles, Top Pot donuts and museums. Her favorite part of being a peer consultant is empowering writers to express their ideas and experiences. 

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Areas of specialty: Academic writing, cover letters, proposals, artist statements


Gabrielle (Gabby) Friedman

Gabrielle Friedman

Gabrielle is a third year musical theater major from Southern California who is fueled by R&B music and caffeine. She has an appreciation for all genres of writing and expression. Gabrielle would like to help her peers unapologetically share their voice and creativity with others.

Pronouns: she/her

Areas of specialty: Research papers, creative writing, scripts & screenplays, poetry 


Adrianna Taffel

Adrianna Taffel

Adrianna is a fourth year student in the Original Works program of Cornish’s Theater Department. Adrianna loves drinking coffee and the power of language and story. She grew up in Southern California, and as a result can often be found wishing for snow whenever it rains or enjoying hot drinks while walking around in cold weather.Her favorite part of being a Peer Consultant is supporting each individual's ownership of their written language. 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Areas of Specialty: Playwriting, poetry, creative writing, creative brainstorming tools, journaling


Megan Wright

Megan Wright

Megan is in their third year student at Cornish College of the Arts. They came to Seattle to work in the theatre arts as a performer, director, writer, and/or creator. Megan exclusively spends their time going to rehearsals, working, or sleeping. They have a great passion for art and would be thrilled to assist anyone in communicating their voice, whether it’s on a stage or in writing. 

Pronouns: they/them/their

Areas of specialty: Database research, resumes, cover letters, narrative essays, research essays