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The Writing Center continues to unpack and adjust to its new space. Courtesy of Katie Tam.


Since the beginning of this academic year, the Writing Center has operated from its new location on the second floor of the New South Building.

The Writing Center, which was previously located in the basement of Whitman College, relocated to New South at the end of August after a temporary placement in Green Hall over the summer.

Deputy Dean of the College Elizabeth Colagiuri notified the Center of the relocation shortly after Commencement. According to Genevieve Creedon, associate director for the Writing Center, the move was to accommodate 40 or more additional students in the Class of 2022 in the dorms of Whitman. This was confirmed by Colagiuri.

“The Writing Program was the only academic unit housed in a residential building, so the swap makes sense on that level,” Creedon wrote in an email to The Daily Princetonian.

Minor changes to the second floor of New South, including painting and bookshelf installation, were made before the move. Otherwise, the space was untouched, Creedon wrote.

Although the Writing Center has a new location, appointments and drop-in hours have remained unchanged, according to Creedon.

“Of course, we are always developing new techniques for teaching writing skills, but in terms of the appointments format, we are keeping everything consistent,” Writing Center Head Fellow Delaney Thull ’19 said.

The Writing Center is still getting used to its new location and will continue to monitor how it uses its space to provide the best functionality for students. The Center is working with the Office of Capital Projects to note ways to optimize their use of the rooms and offices.

“We expect that it will take a full semester to fully understand how our space accommodates the regular use patterns of the Center,” Creedon wrote.

While they continue to unpack boxes, the Writing Center Fellows and staff have been enjoying the change in scenery.

“I love that the conference rooms have windows now and that the views are of the lovely sycamore trees and the nearby sculptures,” Thull said.

As deadlines for R1s and D2s loom closer, the Writing Center hopes that its new home can be a space for reflection and inspiration.

“I hope that the nice new offices will have a positive mental effect on everyone who comes in to talk about their papers,” Writing Center Head Fellow Eliot Chen ’20 said.

The Writing Center is open for drop-in appointments from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays.

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