The Writing Fellow Program

The Writing Fellow Program has been designed to supplement peer tutoring already available at the ARC/Writing and Reading Center. It aims to reach a wide array of students for retention purposes and to ensure that critical thinking through writing is encouraged across the disciplines by using a team approach that includes the student, the faculty member, and the peer Fellow.

Writing Fellows work with approximately fifteen students in a class, providing written responses to their first paper drafts then holding individual conferences with them before they revise and submit final papers to the instructor.  All students in a class are required to participate; this program is designed not just to remediate but to provide students with the actual experience most published writers will encounter.  They receive editorial commentary regarding idea development and clarification, audience needs, style and mechanics.  Academic writing assignments then become what they are meant to be: vehicles for thinking, rethinking, then synthesis.

One footnote to this description should be included.  While it is clear that manner can never be wholly separated from matter, the Writing Fellows will attempt as much as possible to limit their concerns to how material is being presented and explained rather than to the accuracy of what is being discussed; that evaluation belongs to the professor.  Whenever possible but not in all cases, then, Fellows will be assigned to courses in disciplines with which they are very familiar.  They will serve as the very educated audience of works in process.

Fellow Responsibilities

  • Enroll in and complete English 279b, Peer Tutoring in Writing, the semester prior to participation in the program.

  • Attend occasional seminars and/or workshops during the following semesters of participation.

  • Meet with faculty member to discuss expectations and to establish specific paper draft due dates of at least two weeks prior to final paper due dates.

  • Read and comment upon first drafts of at least two but no more than four papers a semester for up to twenty students in a class.

  • Establish conference hours and sign up students to meet for a fifty minute draft discussion prior to final paper due dates.

  • Keep records of conference attendance for instructor and Program Director and provide any other necessary feedback when requested.

  • Refer students for further individual tutoring when needed.

  • Meet periodically with Program Director to discuss personal and student progress and concerns.

  • Complete necessary Program evaluations and paperwork.

Student Responsibilities

  • Submit first drafts to faculty (to be passed on to the Fellow) on due date.  NOTE: This is required of all students in the class.

  • Sign up for and attend a conference with the Fellow in time to discuss suggested draft revisions.

  • Evaluate Fellow’s suggestions and make appropriate revisions to first drafts.

  • Hand in the marked first draft along with the final paper to the professor.
    Sign up for further tutoring assistance at the Writing Center if necessary.

  • Participate in Program evaluation.

Faculty Responsibilities 

  • Require that all students in the class participate in the Program and have at least two but no more than four papers fellowed.

  • Have students complete first drafts for review, attend 50 minute conferences at the Writing Center, and submit fellowed drafts along with final papers.

  • Specify draft and final paper due dates and required fellowing activities on syllabus.

  • Collect drafts and give them to Fellows in time to allow for responding, conferencing and revising before final paper due dates. (Generally, a minimum of two weeks is needed.)

  • Allow Fellows to arrange conference appointments with students.

  • Maintain contact with Fellows and inform them of paper topics and your expectations.

  • Ensure that Fellows not be employed for actual grading of papers.

  • At semester beginning, send Program Director (1) two copies of the course syllabus, (2) posted office hours, and (3) finalized course meeting time and place.

  • Keep Program Director informed of any problems or successes.

  • Keep course enrollment to the agreed upon maximum.

  • Participate in Program evaluation and data collection for grant proposals.

  • Meet formally at least once a semester with other faculty in the program.

  • Nominate worthy fellow candidates once a semester upon request.