Endowed by alumnus Allan K. Smith, Class of 1911, the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric offers the Interdisciplinary Minor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Media Studies and writing courses taught by rhetoric and composition faculty, administers Trinity’s Writing Foundational Requirement, provides support services and special programs for students, faculty and the community as well as assesses and promotes writing at Trinity College. The Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric also houses the Writing Center where tutors help students perfect their writing skills. The Writing Center is staffed by peer tutors who participate in a 30-year-old Writing Associates Program.


The Writing Center

The writing center provides help with all kinds of writing, from the first critiques assigned in first-year seminars to senior theses and admissions essays for graduate and professional schools.


Rhetoric, Writing, and Media Studies Minor

The minor offer students the opportunity to develop expertise in writing for academic, professional, community, and personal purposes.


A.I. Writing and Effective Learning

Dr. Alex Helberg, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric, has made an informative guide as to what A.I. Writing Software can and can’t do.

Alexander Helberg

Professor Spotlight: Alexander Helberg is Bringing the Digital World and Social Media to Trinity Classrooms


Visiting Assistant Professor in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric Alexander Helberg advocates for an educational atmosphere that integrates more research on online media through students’ engagement with what they define as a digital world.
Read the article in the Trinity Tripod

“Writing for a Digital World” Course Partners with Hartford Food System


Student editing audio files on a computer Visiting Assistant Professor in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing in Rhetoric Alex Helberg teaches RHET 125 “Writing for a Digital World,” where students seek to understand the influence of digital technologies on writing and communication practices. Borrowing from rhetorical theory on concepts like genre, discourse communities, intertextuality, and rhetorical ecologies, Helberg  teaches students how to write for public audiences through a Community Learning podcast project in partnership with Hartford Food System and Healthy Hartford Hub (HHH).
Read the blog post on the CHER blog


Irene Papoulis’s book The Essays Only You Can Write, published October 2023

The Essays Only You Can Write
is a textbook offering strategies for writing academic and personal essays. It also gives you advice about some of the psychological factors that can get in the way of doing your best writing. Read it if you want to write essays that grow out of your own particular thoughts and experiences!

Supporting Trinity’s International Students

To help ease the transition to living and studying on an American campus, a pilot program introduced in fall 2019 in Trinity’s Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric connects first-year international students with mentors who provide academic and social support.


Writing Center

115 Vernon St
Hartford, CT 06106

Sunday 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday - Thursday 3:00pm - 10:00pm