The Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Center


Barnard prides itself on the writers it produces—many prominent authors, including Zora Neale Hurston ’28, Erica Mann Jong ’63, Anna Quindlen ’74, and Jhumpa Lahiri ’89, got their start as Barnard undergraduates. The Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Center plays an important role in the development of our young, aspiring authors and academics.

The Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Center has two principal programs, which it provides for free to the Barnard community: the Barnard Writing Fellows and grammar workshops.

The Barnard Writing Fellows Program is designed to help students of all disciplines strengthen their writing through discussion of their work with intelligent readers. Writing Fellows are specially selected Barnard undergraduates who, after participation in a semester-long training workshop, staff the Writing Center. They are available by appointment to provide writing feedback to Barnard students as well as Columbia students taking Barnard courses. Students of all years take advantage of the Writing Fellows’ services—first-years, seniors working on their thesis, students for whom English is a second language, and even Writing Fellows themselves.

Additionally, the Writing Center presents grammar workshops conducted by professional writers. Held every semester, workshops are open to all Barnard students and cover a variety of topics such as sentence construction, writing transitions, punctuation, and crafting introductions and conclusions in academic writing.

Your gift will ensure the vitality of the Writing Center’s programming and provide Barnard’s students with access to invaluable training.