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Writing Initiatives

Writing Initiatives

English classroom discussion

Decade after decade, Loomis Chaffee graduates find that their writing skills far exceed those of many of their peers, no matter what major and career they pursue.

With a longstanding emphasis on superior writing, Loomis teaches students not only how to write well, but also how to understand the science of good writing. Our English Department faculty members lead these efforts with a four-year writing program, the heart of which is the Writing Workshop, which meets once a week throughout the sophomore year.

The emphasis on good writing extends well beyond our English instruction: in the sciences, students learn to formulate cogent lab reports; in history classes, they write extensive research papers; in social sciences, language, philosophy, and religious studies classes, they compose papers, personal reflections, and narratives. Over the course of their Loomis careers, our students develop essential writing competencies across the curriculum.

Writing Studio

The Loomis Chaffee Writing Studio offers inspiration and support for Loomis writers across the curriculum as they work to communicate their ideas, arguments, discoveries, and voices. Believing that engaging an audience of readers during the writing process promotes, in the words of our school's Founders, “skilled and discerning minds,” the trained staff members of the Writing Studio offer non-evaluative feedback and guidance to writers at any stage of the writing process. Staff members support writers as they craft works that evince both robust writing and thinking skills. The Writing Studio staff serve not in lieu of, but in addition to, students’ own teachers, with the students setting their agendas for their studio sessions and holding sole command of the pen.

The Writing Studio is located on the first floor of the Katharine Brush library.

Opportunities for Writers