The Upper School Writing Center is dedicated to the teaching of writing across all departments and curricula, serving as a place where students and faculty alike may visit and discuss all aspects of reading and writing.
As students strive to put forth their best work, the Center provides support in a host of areas such as reading facility; note-taking strategies; decoding essay questions; brainstorming; outlining theses and assertions; using evidence; citing sources; proofreading for grammar and style; and understanding and integrating teacher feedback. In addition, workshops focus on elements of writing across the spectrum of classes comprising math, science, humanities, and performing arts.
The Writing Center is staffed by members of Key School’s faculty and by a select number of Key’s twelfth grade students, who, after a rigorous application process, have been designated as Peer Writing Tutors. Through their core knowledge of the Upper School curriculum and with guidance from Key faculty, these students support their peers with the processes they have found successful for their own writing.
Center Director Mary Truitt Hill, a veteran Upper School Humanities teacher, holds an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and has served as a professor of literature at the College of William and Mary and at George Washington University, where she supervised peer tutors in that university’s writing center.
Fostering excellence in writing as a tool to sharpen and define a student’s thinking has always been a hallmark of a Key education, and the Writing Center is a concrete manifestation of this commitment.