The Hixon Writing Center (HWC) at the California Institute of Technology promotes excellence in writing and communication. The HWC operates on the premise that writing is a mode of discovery and learning as well as a tool for communication, and thus strong writing skills are fundamental to learning and success across disciplines.
We pursue excellence in writing and communication through working actively with Caltech students, faculty, and the Caltech community.
We believe that all writers benefit from sharing their works-in-progress with trained, knowledgeable, and interested readers, so we provide one to one tutoring experiences for students that are collaborative and interactive. These meetings teach students composing strategies and introduce them to the many rhetorical choices available to academic writers. We also lead group workshops on topics of student interest.
We provide consulting and feedback for faculty interested in developing their use of student writing in the classroom. Topics such as effective syllabus design, innovative assignment creation, using low-stakes writing in class to meet learning outcomes, and giving effective feedback to student writers are subjects of both one to one and group meetings between writing center staff and faculty.
Beyond our direct discussions with students and faculty, the HWC acts as a hub of intellectual engagement to foster and support a culture of writing at Caltech. To that end, we sponsor writing-related activities that encourage student, faculty, staff, and community engagement.