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Writing Fellows

The WCU Writing Fellows Program provides focused, genre-specific support for undergraduate writing. The program began in 2007 and works with a variety of majors and departments. This model was updated Fall 2022 to expand access for both faculty and students. 
Here’s how the program works
Writing fellows are carefully selected and trained peer tutors who provide support for styles of writing that challenge students new to the field. Examples of genres writing fellows can be selected for include lab reports, screenplays, treatment plans, SOAP notes, technical writing, and program notes. 

Students from any class and at any point in their writing process may make appointments with writing fellows. Faculty who assign writing in a genre covered by these fellows are encouraged to communicate with the tutors and send assignments and examples to help the tutors make good use of their time in sessions. 

Additional duties include classroom visits, staff meetings, and regular meetings with faculty members. Fellows collaborate with the Writing and Learning Commons' director, associate director, faculty, and other fellows. 

Fellows are chosen in a highly competitive application process. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional oral and written communication skills, intellectual curiosity, attention to detail, mature judgment, and an interest in helping others become better writers. Fellows are required to enroll in a one-credit course on the theory and practice of peer tutoring. Fellows are hired based on available funding and demand. 

What do I have to do? Does this require a lot of extra work from me? 
Keep an eye out for strong writers and friendly people in your classes. If you have a student who has successfully written in a genre of writing you teach, we’d love to hire them! Please complete a faculty recommendation and contact Mattie Davenport () to begin the process. 
For more information, contact: 
Mattie Davenport, Associate Director 


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