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Peter J. Benelli Writing Center, Established September 2011

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BWC Mission Statement

Questions, not corrections; support in place of criticism; and understanding above evaluation. The Peter J. Benelli Writing Center seeks to foster a cross-curricular, whole-school approach to writing as a process and strives to celebrate the endeavor for all students.

The Writing Center is a place where students can come to collaborate in the spirit of collegiality or for help with any part of the writing process - brainstorming, researching, outlining, hashing out a thesis, crafting a rough draft, polishing a final copy. Benelli Writing Center Fellows can assist student writers at any stage of the process and across disciplines. They're trained and eager to help all students with all types of writing (literary essays, poetry, non-fiction, fiction, history research papers, college essays, lab reports, contest entries).

2013 Benelli Writing Center Fellows


Writing Center Contact Info

Janet Langer, Interim Writing Center Director / Upper School Librarian (

Karen Jersild, Writing Center Coordinator / History Teacher (

Susan Witt, Writing Center Coordinator / Senior Class Dean

In 1958, Peter Benelli started teaching English at Thayer, and in 1967, he became headmaster. During his 33 years at Thayer, Mr. Benelli was esteemed for his writing skills because of the many letters and notes he wrote to former students and their families. It is therefore more than fitting that Mr. Benelli's legacy at Thayer Academy should be the Writing Center - dedicated to the craft in which he has taken such a keen interest.


2013-14 BWC Fellows

Evan Berk
Matt Campos
Ben Daly
Isabelle Dunne
Foster Eymer
Stephen Gorson
Lilly King
Julianne Landry
Rachel Lit
Danielle Mahar (Not pictured)
Katie McKenna (Not pictured)
Tim Mills
Eliza Murphy
Shefali Shrivastava
Mal Smith
Olivia Valicenti
Elizabeth Waltman
Mollie White


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