Am I eligible to be a Writing Fellow?
Writing Fellows are organized, self-motivated, kind, intelligent, and flexible. Fellows
also tend to have excellent writing skills and an interest in helping others, and
we prefer that students commit to the program for at least one full academic year.
Do you sacrifice sleep to help your friends revise their papers before a big deadline?
Do you find yourself grumbling about typos in the newspaper? If so, you should probably
Do I have to be an expert in a specific subject? Do I have to be a perfect writer?
Writing Fellows are NOT perfect writers—there is no such thing. Fellows are good writers
who want to improve their skills and encourage their peers. When possible, we place
Fellows in courses related to their major, but many Fellows work far outside their
academic comfort zone with great success. As you go through the application process,
you’ll learn more about where you might be placed.
What do Writing Fellows do?
Fellows are assigned to a class, usually in pairs. Each Fellow meets with the professor
regularly to learn about the writing assignments. Then, the Fellow works with a group
of students on two or three major papers throughout the semester. Fellows read drafts
of each paper, write thorough endnotes, and conference with each student to discuss
revision strategies. Fellows are not required to take or attend the class itself.
They are not copy editors, and they are not responsible for grading or planning any
New Fellows are required to take USI 202 during their first semester; this is a one-credit
training course that help Fellows learn how to improve their own writing skills and
give positive, helpful feedback to students.
How and when should I apply?
New Fellows begin work in the fall, so you should apply no later than March 20 th. Any time before that is fine; most Fellows apply during the spring semester, then
find out where they’ll be assigned during the summer. Here is the application.
How many hours do I work? How much does it pay?
This is where time management really matters. Fellows typically work a “feast or famine”
schedule. Some weeks you’ll have very little work, and other weeks will be quite busy.
Fellows are paid on an hourly basis. Your hourly pay rate is contingent upon your
experience and other factors.
Is this a work study job?
You do NOT need to be work study to be a Fellow, but work study is accepted if you
I still have questions. Whom should I contact?
Mattie Davenport, Associate Director of the Writing and Learning Commons, is always
happy to talk to potential Fellows. Call (828-227-3426) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) any time.
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