What is the Writing Fellows program?
The Writing Fellows program places undergraduates in positions of intellectual leadership, emphasizes the significance of writing skills, and applies the concept of peer mentoring to the process of writing papers. It also creates new opportunities for intellectual exchange between and among students and faculty.
Two central beliefs guide this program. The first is that all writers, no matter how accomplished, can improve their writing by sharing work in progress and making revisions based on constructive criticism; the second is that collaboration among student peers is an especially effective mode of learning.
Together, Writing Fellows and faculty work hard to create a warm, friendly atmosphere in which collaborative learning takes place and to which students respond with hard work and dedication.
Who are Writing Fellows?
Writing Fellows are articulate, insightful, high-achieving undergraduates who have demonstrated an enthusiasm for thinking and learning about the writing process as well as a commitment to helping their peers. They undergo a full semester of training in an upper-level English class, in which they read recent work in composition studies, practice commenting on student drafts, conduct original research on writers and writing, and reflect on their own experiences as writers and tutors. Thereafter, they gain a full semester of experience working as a Writing Assistant in the Center for Writing Excellence.
With at least one year of experience under their belts, Writing Fellows are assigned to writing-intensive courses in a wide range of disciplines. In these courses, Writing Fellows work closely with faculty and assist students with their writing, praising effective strategies and offering specific suggestions for revision. When providing oral and written feedback to students, they bear in mind both the general principles they learn about in their training and the specific issues to which they are directed by their supervising professor.
What do Writing Fellows do?
Writing Fellows support faculty's writing instruction and students' writing achievement by attending classes, assisting students during class, meeting regularly with the course instructor, and holding office hours to help students with their writing assignments. Writing Fellows do not grade papers, nor do they assist in the grading process. Instead, they offer assistance and suggestions to students during the writing process. In particular, they help students brainstorm ideas, articulate and organize thoughts, and strengthen content. Writing Fellows can also provide faculty with feedback on syllabi, assignments, handouts, and rubrics.
How do Writing Fellows benefit from participation in the program?
Writing Fellows gain valuable teaching experience, an opportunity to improve their interpersonal skills, and a chance to develop as writers, readers, and speakers.
Are Writing Fellows paid?
Yes. Writing Fellows earn $800 per semester.
Who is eligible to become a Writing Fellow?
Writing Assistants who have taken English 397 and have worked in the Center for Writing Excellence for at least one additional semester may apply to become a Writing Fellow. Writing Fellows are selected through a competitive process for their strong writing abilities and interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity about the writing process, and commitment to assisting their peers in a variety of disciplines.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in becoming a Writing Fellow, please fill out this online application.