Writing Center

Website: writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu  

Schedule an Appointment: wcscheduler.fas.harvard.edu

Drop-in Hours: writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/drop-hours

“The Writing Center, part of the Harvard College Writing Program, is a place for Harvard undergraduates to get help with any aspect of their writing, from specific assignments to general writing skills. The Writing Center is staffed by trained undergraduate tutors who provide individual conferences to students working on any writing assignment. You don't have to have a finished paper to come for a conference. You can come with ideas, notes, or a draft.”

To learn more about the Writing Center, see their FAQ page.

The Writing Center provides several useful resources for undergraduate writers:

General

Harvard Guide to Using Sources

The Harvard Guide to Using Sources helps you think about how to develop your own ideas on the basis of electronic or print sources you consult.  Special consideration is also given to how to properly cite sources and avoid plagiarism.

HarvardWrites

HarvardWrites showcases Harvard Faculty, in a variety of disciplines, talking about the elements of academic argument.

Strategies for Essay Writing

Strategies for Essay Writing provide step-by-step guidance on how to develop ideas into a thesis and how to write a persuasive essay.

Discipline-based

Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines

Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines provide field-specific writing advice for the fields of

  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Harvard Writing Project Guides

Harvard Writing Project Guides provide

  • Field-specific writing advice for the fields of:
    • Art History
    • East Asian Studies
    • Economics
    • Life Sciences
    • Performance Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Social Anthropology
  • Field-specific senior thesis writing advice for the fields of:
    • Government
    • History
    • History and Literature
    • Social Studies
    • Sociology
    • Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Course-specific writing advice for a number of General Education courses

Department Writing Fellows

Department Writing Fellows are advanced graduate students in a number of departments who provide field-specific writing guidance to undergraduate concentrators.  Fellows meet with students during office hours or by appointment.  They can be especially helpful for students enrolled in sophomore or junior tutorials.