On June 26, 2013, Princeton Writes launched an interactive website as part of its mission to enhance the quality of non-academic communication on our campus. Fully accessible to employees and students with a Princeton netID, the website is both a learning and teaching tool and a gateway to face-to-face instruction and assistance. It is intended to be an online meeting place for writers of every level of experience, regardless of their role at Princeton, and includes the following features:
• A synopsis of seven key principles of effective communication.
• A service portal, allowing employees and students to sign up for classes and tutorials, to obtain timely answers to questions through a digital helpline, and, in the case of managers, to request departmental assessments leading to targeted workshops and other forms of support.
• Open forums on subjects ranging from grammar and usage to digital etiquette, where participants can guide the conversation.
• A blog featuring tools and insights designed to facilitate the work of writers and celebrate their craft.
• A “word of the week” and “book of the month” that showcase the richness of our language.
• Announcements and a newsletter subscription service for those who wish to keep abreast of Princeton Writes‘ activities.
Princeton Writes traces its genesis to a personal initiative that began in the summer of 2008 when President Shirley M. Tilghman’s speechwriter, John S. Weeren, developed a class entitled “Write or Wrong: Improving Written Communication.” The enthusiastic response to this class and those that followed confirmed the need for a full-fledged program devoted to helping members of our University community express themselves with “greater confidence, effectiveness, and ease.” Establishing an online presence is a major milestone in this process, as well as a tribute to the talents of Sorat Tungkasiri and his colleagues in Princeton’s Office of Information Technology.