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The West Point Writing Center enables cadets and faculty across the United States Military Academy to advance 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 to research the most powerful ideas and effective practices available within composition studies, to contribute originally to high-level scholarly conversations, and above all, to enhance the resources on hand to all cadets for the development of their thinking and writing.

We offer regular individual one-on-one consultations and periodic group workshops to cadets working on writing tasks for all academic courses. (Pending availability, we'll also work with you on writing for personal interests and professional opportunities, such as personal statements.) Bring in work for courses in the humanities and social sciences as well as your scientific and technical writing, including lab reports, memos, executive summaries, even writing for oral presentation.

All sessions are led by Cadet Writing Fellows who have demonstrated exceptional promise as writers, teachers, and communicators. These Writing Fellows are trained to help you with any part of the writing process, including: 

  • clarifying a focus
  • developing a thesis
  • structuring an argument
  • analyzing, integrating, and documenting sources
  • refining your style 
  • revising and polishing a draft

While Fellows will not edit or proofread papers, they will help you to learn to identify and correct patterns of awkwardness and error. Their foremost goal is to engage you in focused conversations that help you become skilled readers and revisers of your own writing.

 

For more information about the Writing Center and Writing Fellows Program, please contact:

 
Dr. Jason Hoppe, Director
Jason.Hoppe@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-2198
 
LTC Sean Cleveland, Associate Director
Sean.Cleveland@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-2058

LTC (P) Trent Mills, Executive Officer
Trent.Mills@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-2691
 
Mr. Robert McLoughlin
Assistant Director, Resources and Technology
Robert.McLoughlin@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-3187