The Center for Writing and Public Discourse is the home base for writers at CMC, providing resources for students, faculty, and staff. Whether you're working on an essay for a class, writing a piece of journalism, applying for your first job, refining your written communication skills—or just eager to talk about writing—the CWPD is the place for you.
Student Consultations at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse
Our highly trained student consultants review drafts of papers at any stage of the writing process from any and all disciplines, including the Senior Thesis and class presentations. Consultants assist CMC students with issues related to argumentation, clarity of prose, and overall quality of composition. To schedule an appointment with one of our Writing Consultants, please click on the box above to access the TutorTrac system. You may also call extension 74142 to schedule an appointment. Consultations are also available on a walk-in-basis.
International Student Language Support
The International Student Language Support Coordinator, Mellissa Martinez, located in Kravis 202, specializes in assisting CMC and Robert Day School International Students and Scholars. She can provide information about American discourse conventions and clarify expectations regarding correctness and style. She can supply students with tools useful in increasing their control of communication in English, whether English is one of their first languages or is an additional language, whether they went to high school in the U.S. or abroad. To schedule an appointment, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. See more...
Academic Mentor Program
The Academic Mentor Program is designed to help first-year students get the most out of their college experience. The Academic Mentor team consists of graduate and post-graduate students who work with students individually and in groups on a variety of topics, including writing, library research, and study skills. Mentors hold regular workshops throughout the semester and are also available for consultation in office hours.
In order to foster a community of thought leaders and public intellectuals, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse offers a variety of workshops on writing-related topics. We bring well-known writers to speak at the Athenaeum, host hands-on sessions with professionals in journalism and writing fields, and sponsor field trips to the offices of Los Angeles-area publications. We also offer trainings each semester on library resources, the research process, and the senior thesis.