Mission Statement

CWS-New-SpaceThe Center for Writing and Speaking (CWS) is a peer tutoring organization that provides students with individual assistance in writing, speaking, and multimodal assignments and in developing writing and public speaking skills. The CWS also supports the efforts of English language learners to develop and hone their ESL skills. The CWS is an integral part of the academic program at Agnes Scott College. Collaborative in philosophy and practice, the Center bases its work on identifying students’ strengths and building on them to achieve further progress. Students at every ability level and stage of an assignment come to the CWS to work in collaborative relationships with tutors, who offer guidance and serve as responsive readers or listeners for the evolving text, presentation, or project. The tutors help student writers and speakers develop confidence in their ability to translate thoughts into written work or speeches, to use writing and speaking to express and substantiate their ideas, and to produce a polished final product. The tutor’s goal is to help students develop good writing or speaking habits and become their own best editors and coaches. The CWS endeavors to provide writing and speaking assistance and support for all students and courses at the college and also to be a center for writing- and speaking-related activities and for research on writing, speaking, tutoring, and related topics. The CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity, or age. We welcome diversity and strive to be a center that is accessible to all, where all students can work in a positive, collaborative, cooperative atmosphere to attain their potential. This service is free of charge, available to all Agnes Scott students, and confidential.