West Point Writing Center
Based in the Department of English and Philosophy, the West Point Writing Center enables cadets and faculty across the United States Military Academy to further their study of critical thinking, academic argument, writing within the disciplines, college pedagogy, and professional communication. Through a variety of forums, especially the Writing Fellows Program, select students and faculty work together in order to research the most powerful ideas and effective practices available within composition studies, to contribute actively and originally to high-level scholarly conversations, and above all, to enhance the resources on hand to all West Point cadets for the development of their thinking and writing.
The Writing Center also offers individual consultations in JH423 to cadets enrolled in a number of specific, writing-intensive courses; these consultations take place with more experienced peers who have demonstrated success across the writing-intensive courses they have taken at West Point. As Writing Fellows, these latter cadets (yearlings, cows, and firsties) are trained to assist their peers at any stage of the writing process, whether clarifying an initial focus, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, integrating and documenting sources, or revising a draft. While Writing Fellows will not edit or proofread papers, they can help students learn to identify and correct patterns of error or awkwardness. Their foremost goal is to engage other cadets in sustained dialogues which help them to become skilled readers and revisers of their own writing.
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