Center for Writing

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 Center is available, for free, to 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

Visiting Author Series

Through the generous donation of Michael and Loretta Kahn, Cheshire Academy is able to bring notable authors to campus each year.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, visiting authors included New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka and Michael Belanger, author and history teacher.


About the instructor


Mrs. Wendy Swift began her career at Cheshire Academy working as an instructor in the Roxbury Program. She has directed the writing center since 2015. 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 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 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. Her short story, Eliminating Doubt was published in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, July 2018.