Writing Mentors are undergraduate or graduate students embedded in a Writing Intensive course. If undergraduate students are interested in serving as a Writing Mentor, they should plan to enroll in the Spring Peer Tutoring course. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for undergraduates applying to be Writing Mentors. Graduate students interested in being Writing Mentors must first apply to be a Writing Consultant in the UWC, and complete a semester of work along with specific workshops and orientations to serve as a Writing Mentor the following semester or year.
The Peer Tutoring course is currently a Writing Intensive English Special Topics course (ENGL 4530). During the course, we look at some historical writing center research as well as more recent conceptions of writing work to understand and answer ‘what is a writing center?’. Beyond looking at writing center research, we will focus on ways to help you learn strategies to help student writers in either a writing center context or a writing mentor context. The goal of the course is to help students work with writers and improve their own writing skills.