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SPAs (Speaking Associates)

Teacher presenting to a student

Speaking Associates are Writing Associates (WAs) who are trained to help students with their presentations. SPAs work with students on the structure of their ideas and arguments, their oral delivery, and their visual aids in a variety of capacities, including preparing final presentations, leading seminar discussion, presenting research in progress, or pitching a grant proposal. SPAs have worked with students to present their research at Senior Showcase, SWAT Tank and class presentations.

Spring 2022 SPA Schedule in the Writing Center

  • Sundays 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Mondays 11:00am to 1:30pm, and 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Tuesdays 7:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Wednesdays 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Thursdays 1:30pm to 4:00pm, and 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Speaking Associates are available for conferences in the Writing Center or by special request. To make an appointment via the Writing Center click here or simply go to “MySwat” > “Student Information” tab > “Make an Appointment with the Writing Program”.

Screenshot of Make an Appointment with the Writing Program via MySwarthmore

Once on the scheduling platform “WCOnline”- choose the “limit to” drop down box and select SPA. Click on white box (appointment slot) and complete the appointment form. A confirmation email will be sent once appointment form is submitted. 

Screenshot detailing how to make an appointment with the Writing Program


To get more information on the Program, please contact the Writing Program Director, Alba Newmann Holmes. 

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