Mission Statement

The Tickner Writing Center primarily exists to serve the Gilman student population in the development of writing skills.

  • The Director of the Writing Center trains roughly 40 faculty-nominated upperclassmen to conduct cordial and helpful one-to-one essay consultations.
  • The Writing Consultants support the work of the Gilman faculty in developing students’ confidence and technique in their writing.
  • We assist students in addressing specific writing issues.
  • Student Writing Mentors work regularly with struggling writers over the duration of an academic year.
  • We guide students in the analysis and discussion of writing.
  • We create an environment in which students feel comfortable asking for and receiving assistance.

In addition, the Writing Center supports the Gilman faculty.

  • We respond to teachers’ needs for support in the teaching of writing across the Upper School curriculum.
  • We offer ideas and resources to enrich and promote the teaching of writing, including the use of new media and technology.
  • We offer support for faculty in their own writing: administrative, scholarly, and creative.

Finally, the Writing Center connects Gilman School with the literary community.

  • The Writing Center hosts the Tickner Writing Fellow, Gilman’s writer-in-residence position.
  • In conjunction with the Tickner Writing Fellow, the Writing Center coordinates and promotes literary events on campus, including the Writers at Work Reading Series.


For more information about the Writing Center, contact:

Patrick Hastings

410.323.3800 x763

Will Schutt

Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellow
410.323.3800 x763