The Herndon Writing Center

The Herndon Writing Center

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Operating as usual


Join us in the today for day 1 of our 3-day celebration of books we love! Write a love letter (or breakup letter) to a book. We’re giving away donuts to the first set of students each lunch. See you there!

Photos from The Herndon Writing Center's post 02/11/2022

Today we’re celebrating writing with our annual Haiku celebration! Thanks to everyone who submitted haiku. We’re giving away 60 cookies to 60 lucky writers during stinger today. Write on, Herndon!!! And check out our haiku poster outside of the HWC.


Cookies are so good,
Especially when they're free!
Write haiku with us!

We're giving Great Harvest cookies to the first 60 writers who submit a haiku by the end of the day today. We can't wait to read your pieces! Submit here:


Do you like helping people? Do you like to write creatively? Take Advanced Comp and become an HWC tutor next year! Apps available here: All are welcome to apply! Apps due Friday, 2/4.


Check out our October 2021 stats report! We were so excited to welcome students back in-person to the HWC for the first time in over a year via Picnic Sessions! Make an appointment in November by joining our Schoology group: VSDZ-BGTB-XF9XB


We’re open!!! Our first session of the year is a Picnic Session. Hooray!


The HWC opens for the year on Mon. 10/4! We're excited to offer Picnic Sessions in-person in the courtyard, Zoom sessions, and Pen Pal sessions (written and recorded feedback) this year. Make an appointment through our Schoology group: VSDZ-BGTB-XF9XB


What’s that sound? It’s the buzz of in-person tutoring practice!!! 🥲🥲🥲 The HWC will open on October 1! Join our group on Schoology: VSDZ-BGTB-XF9XB

HWC Graduation Party 2021 05/20/2021

THAT'S A WRAP! We are officially closed for the year! And what a year that was! :)

We tutored completely virtually this year. Our amazing tutors adapted to the challenges of distance learning with poise and grace. They made us feel hopeful, even when things felt hard.

We love you, tutors!

Ms. Hutton and Ms. Schmit

HWC Graduation Party 2021 Celebrating our amazing crew of tutors in a year like no other!

Photos from Secondary School Writing Centers Association's post 04/29/2021
Photos from The Herndon Writing Center's post 04/28/2021

Today in 6th Pd Advanced Comp, we chalked our walks! In-person students added to the front of school and virtual students joined in from their driveways. Happy National Poetry Month!


Happy birthday to us!

The HWC opened on this day 11 years ago! Thank you to our tutors, the students who've sought out writing support from us, and to our wonderful Herndon High community for supporting our mission of building a strong, supportive community of writers.


We hope you’ll join us for Bella, Leah, and Meena’s session on building community in our center this year!

Thursday @ 7PM EST via Zoom:

"Creating Time with Intention: Tutors Finding Space to be Together Through the Boundary of a Virtual World" with Bella, Leah, and Meena of the Herndon Writing Center

Registration closes at 11:59 pm TONIGHT! Please check the conference website for registration information. We hope to see you there!


Congratulations to Senior tutor Meg on a great session on Link Libraries today!

Thank you to today's presenter groups: Hannah Baran of the Albemarle Peer Tutors , Grace and Alex of Germantown Friends School , Meg of the Herndon Writing Center , Sara Primo of Germantown Friends School , Stephanie Hanson of the Atoms Writing Center , and Olivia and Gabriel of the Albemarle Peer Tutors . What a fantastic day of live Zoom sessions at


We are very excited to have several tutors presenting at next week! In addition to several asynchronous FlipGrid sessions, two groups were invited to lead live Zoom presentations next week:

"Learning to Love Link Libraries: Incorporating Digital Resources into the Writing Center" by Meg W. on Saturday, 3/13

"Creating Time with Intention: Tutors Finding Space to be Together Through the Boundary of a Virtual World" by Bella H, Leah F, and Meena M on Thursday, 3/18.

This year has been one for the books, and Ms Hutton and Ms Schmit couldn't be prouder of our crew of tutors this year.


We can't wait to attend virtually in just under two weeks!! We have several tutor groups presenting asynchronously and live via Zoom. Check back for our list of Herndon sessions!


Congratulations to tutors Meg, Bella, Leah, and Meena for being invited to present via Zoom at ‘s virtual conference!

Congrats to featured tutor presenters who will be presenting live on Zoom during the week of the conference. These featured presenters come from Espicopal Collegiate School (AR), Germantown Friends School (PA), Albermarle High School (VA), Annandale High School (VA), Herndon High School (VA), and Thomas Edison High School (VA). Full schedule of virtual conference events coming soon!


We are thrilled to welcome 29 new tutors to Advanced Composition 1 for 2021-2022! Thank you to all who applied. Our returning tutors can't wait to meet you. Congratulations!


JOIN US! Today is the last day to apply to become an HWC tutor for 2021-2022. Apply on our website: (FCPS log in required).


JOIN US! Become an HWC Tutor for 21-22! All current 9th-11th graders are invited to apply to become tutors and take Advanced Comp next year. Applications are available on our website, and they're due 2/1/21. (FCPS Log-in Required)


Happy New Year, Herndon! The HWC is excited to continue working with you virtually this year. Request feedback from our superstar peer tutors on our website. (FCPS Log In required)


We’re doing this!


Seniors!!! The HWC opens just for you on Monday, October 5! Visit our site ( to request feedback from one of our awesome tutors.

Everyone else: we’re fully open on 10/12!

FCPS login required. 😎


The HWC will open for the year in OCTOBER!

10/5: Open to HHS Seniors (College Essays)
10/13: Open to all HHS

We're providing written & recorded feedback. Sign up: (FCPS login required). We can't wait!!!

Photos from The Herndon Writing Center's post 08/02/2020

We're building our virtual writing lab for the 2020-2021 school year, and we're feeling pretty good about it. Even though we won't be together in person this fall, the HWC will still be here to support our Hornets one way or another!

(You'll have to log in to our site using your FCPS Gmail account. :))


Well, folks! That's a wrap on the 2019-2020 school year. We are so grateful for all of our tutors, who jumped in to action and were ready to tutor online when school closed. Congratulations to our amazing Seniors. We love you all!


We've gotten a few questions from Herndon High School teachers and students about when online tutoring will start. We're waiting to hear more from FCPS about online learning. Once online learning starts, we'll be able to offer online tutoring. Until then, take care of yourselves!
Love, The HWC

NaNoWriMo 03/23/2020

Some of you may have heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which happens every November. NaNoWriMo is holding Stay Home Writing Month ( ) for the next month. It's a writing-based initiative "to help your physical, mental, social, and creative well-being."

Learn more on their website here: and follow their Twitter for more information: or check out their page: NaNoWriMo



While we're really, really sad (REALLY SAD) that was cancelled, we're jumping back into action. We're currently building on Lead Tutors Katherine and Dario's SSWCA 2020 presentation on Digital Tutoring to prepare for the HWC to go digital should FCPS close in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Conference 02/26/2020

Hey, former Herndon Writing Center tutors and their parents or grandparents! If you're home for college on Spring Break on March 13 and you want something really, really fun to do....SSWCA (formerly CAPTA) needs volunteers to help moderate sessions at our annual conference at Northern Virginia Community College- Annandale.

You get free lunch! It's still Jason's Deli, and I hear they have great pickles. Email Ms. Hutton (kghutton at fcps dot edu) if you're interested.

Conference In an effort to make our annual conference more accessible to SSWCs nation-wide, we are excited to announce that SSWCA 2020, our 8th Annual Conference, will take place March 13-14, 2020, at Norther…


This week's pieces of the week on our blog, "Write Here, Write Now," are "Flowers" by Orpheus, and "Procrastination" by Tunae. Check out our blog here:

WRITE HERE. WRITE NOW. Every day I wake up before the sun and head to school Every night I go to dance practice and do homework late into the evening And yet some still ask “Why are teenagers so tired, so dramatic” ...


This week's pieces of the week are "Every Morning I Wake Up" by Cotton Candy Bang! and "Please Lie to Me" by Soiled Plants. Check out our blog here:

WRITE HERE. WRITE NOW. Every day I wake up before the sun and head to school Every night I go to dance practice and do homework late into the evening And yet some still ask “Why are teenagers so tired, so dramatic” ...


We are so excited to bring back the HWC's blog "Write Here, Write Now!" Each Friday, we'll be posting two pieces written by our tutors and published under their pseudonyms. We're excited to share our writing with you! :)

WRITE HERE. WRITE NOW. Every day I wake up before the sun and head to school Every night I go to dance practice and do homework late into the evening And yet some still ask “Why are teenagers so tired, so dramatic” ...

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