About the Center for Writing

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  • About the Director

    Wendy Swift has spent the past ten years at Cheshire Academy working as an instructor in the Roxbury Program. Prior to joining the faculty at CA, Mrs. Swift taught writing at the University of Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. 

    In addition to her new role as the Director of the Center for Writing at Cheshire Academy, Mrs. Swift is the In-Brief’s Editor for the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering’s quarterly Bulletin. Mrs. Swift won the Long Island Press Club Award for her non-fiction essay, Ritter’s Pond, published in the March 2005 issue of Long Island Woman and her essay, Disappearing Wilderness was published in the spring 2008 edition of Adirondack Explorer. 

    Mrs. Swift is very excited about Cheshire Academy’s Center for Writing where students and faculty alike can visit for guidance and help with all of their writing needs!
  • Center for Writing Mission Statement

    The mission of Cheshire Academy’s Center for Writing is to cultivate confident writers who enjoy writing as an integral aspect of their everyday life. We believe confidence is generated in an atmosphere of collaboration where emphasis is placed on the writing process.  The writing center serves all members of the community in every phase of their writing including: idea generation, organization, development, and editing. We focus on supporting writers in all genres including research, academic, creative and informal texts.
  • Center for Writing Goals

    • Offer writing support in the center and the classroom
    • Provide targeted workshops
    • Partner with all academic departments to facilitate department writing initiatives
    • Develop and sustain Writing Fellows Program
    • Create writing groups for students and faculty
    • Inform community of publishing opportunities
    • Inspire writing through author talks, writing retreats, and mentoring
  • Center for Writing Values

    • Collaboration
    • Process before product
    • Integrity
    • Acceptance
    • Creativity

Peer Tutors

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  • Amalia Gutierrez

    Amalia Gutierrez is a junior at Cheshire Academy.  She lives in Southbury, Connecticut, with her parents and her pet cockatiel, Steven. When she is not studying, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, studying animation, and playing video games. She is looking forward to helping her peers improve their writing, whether the tone is creative or academic.
  • Grace Greene

    Grace Greene, a senior at Cheshire Academy, is from Waterbury, Connecticut, where she lives with her parents and four out of her five siblings. Grace has enjoyed writing all of her life, particularly the editing process. When she is not writing, she is involved with Science Olympiad, the newspaper, and the theatre department. Grace is very excited for her second year as a Fellow for the Cheshire Academy Center for Writing and is looking forward to working with you this year.
  • Patrick Brown

    Patrick Brown is a senior at Cheshire Academy. Born and raised in Cheshire, CT, this marks his sixth year at the Academy. At home, he enjoys spending time with his dog and studying music. On campus, he keeps himself busy as president of the CA Model United Nations Association, captain of the varsity fencing team, a tenor saxophonist in the CA Jazz Band, and an IB student. Patrick anticipates an excellent year working closely alongside his fellow students in the CA Writing Center!"
  • Puenda Namgyel

    Puenda Namgyel is a senior at CA and this is her second year here. She is from Thimphu, Bhutan. At home she lives with her parents, grandmother, her older brother and her pet dog. When she is not in school, she likes to travel and learn new languages. In CA she is involved in various activities such as the GSA club, Ich Dien, the track team and serves as a Prefect in her dorm. She is really looking forward to meeting everyone this year!!
  • Shuqi (Emma) Zheng

    Emma Zheng is a junior at Cheshire Academy.  She is from China where she lives with her parents. When she is not studying, she enjoys writing, listening to music and running.


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About Cheshire Academy

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  • The student-centered private school in CT

    Cheshire Academy is a boarding school in Connecticut that challenges students in grades 9-12 and Post Grad to discover and hone their unique talents. This college preparatory school offers personalized learning opportunities like the Roxbury Academic Support Program and the IB Program. Artists can benefit from the Art Major program, while high school athletes can benefit from competitive athletics. Overall, students at the private school are encouraged to become culturally sensitive and internationally minded, and develop the critical thinking skills, confidence, and character that enable them to succeed in college and as citizens of a global society. 
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