Rhetoric and Composition
Department Chair:
Laurie McMillin

Phone: (440) 775-6601
Fax: (440) 775-8619

Rice 116
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Oberlin Campus Resources

Oberlin Campus Resources
  The Writing Room (in Mudd 101A)--peer tutors trained by the Department of Rhetoric and Composition provide free advice in this room on weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Anyone in the campus community can bring any writing to them for their feedback--for example an assignment a student can't get started on, a rough draft the writer isn't sure makes sense, a nearly finished draft the writer needs help editing, a graduate school application essay or poetry the writer would like to show someone. Tutoring usually starts up around the third week of every semester. Contact the Department of Rhetoric and Composition (x8617) to find out the exact hours when tutors are available.
The Rhetoric & Composition Program (in King 139)--offers courses in foundational writing skills designed to help students who don't feel prepared to meet the Writing Requirement or who aren't satisfied with their writing skills regardless of the requirement. They offer a range of courses every semester, and they can also offer students advice about fulfilling the Writing Requirement in other ways, such as taking the Writing Proficiency Exam offered every semester or transferring credit earned in writing courses at other colleges or universities.

The English Department (in Rice 130)--offers numerous courses in which fine published writing is studied, sometimes by inviting students to attempt forms of creative writing themselves. Several of the faculty members in this department are also willing to sponsor Private Reading or Winter Term creative writing projects in a variety of forms, including genre writing (like science fiction) or teleplay or screenplay writing.
The Creative Writing Program (The Yellow House, 153 West Lorain Street)--offers courses in "creative writing," especially poetry, fiction, and playwrighting. Admission to their 200 and above level courses is competitive; you must submit a portfolio of your work for consideration by deadlines that are available in the Creative Writing Program Office and the Course Catalog. Their 100-level courses, however, are not as difficult to get into and give you the opportunity to study in detail the work of published writers. Many people also find that the Creative Writing Program's Translation Workshops are an interesting way to develop their creative writing skills.
Learning Assistance Programs (in Peters 116)--offers courses and advising that can help students with special problems that get in the way of writing well. The faculty and interns who work in this office welcome students with learning or physical disabilities, students who need help developing study skills or better time management, or anyone who'd like assistance in adapting to the academic demands of studying at Oberlin College.

Experimental College courses --often students and/or staff decide to create ExCo courses that create spaces for students to share various kinds of writing with each other. If you're looking for other people interesting in workshopping their writing, try proposing a course yourself.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (Peters 205) - offers courses for students who need students who need help with the writing of English as a Second Language. A placement test given before the start of the academic year begins will help determine the course ESL students should take. Ann Deppman and Amy Monoit in the Dean of Studies Office oversee this program and can help place you in the appropriate course