How to Apply
The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program hires undergraduate students to work as Writing Fellows and provide writing tutoring to students during evening hours. To apply to become a Fellow, fill out the application and submit it electronically to the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program. To qualify, applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.0, be in good standing and have fulfilled their primary writing requirement. In addition to the application, applicants are also required to solicit at least one recommendation to be submitted electronically using the Fellow Recommendation Form. Application review begins March 2nd.
After an initial review of all applications, the strongest candidates will be invited for a personal interview with a current Writing Fellow and a group interview with the Director/Assistant Director of the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program and a few current Fellows.
Selected candidates will take a semester-long, 4-credit course, Advanced Writing and Peer-Tutoring, WRT245/ENG285, that prepares them for tutoring.
Many of our current and former Fellows found the experience of being a Writing Fellow not only very rewarding, but also beneficial for their college and post-college careers.
Hear what former Fellows have to say about how this experience advanced their own writing skills and gave them greater understanding of their own writing processes:
I find that being a writing fellow goes beyond just simply tutoring. It allows you to use the skills you learn and love to help someone see the true quality of their writing and how there is always room for improvement…Being a writing fellow lets me combine my passions for writing and teaching. In addition, the course taught me skills that go beyond my job as a writing fellow. I often catch myself using the techniques I advise students to take advantage of in my own writing.”
(Rutul Amin ’15)
The skills I've learned in Writing Fellows have been useful in all aspects of my life! No matter what discipline, my co-workers have been able to count on me to give good feedback and help them revise their work. Also, Writing Fellows are a great community. I've met so many wonderful people over the years − through being taught how to be a good tutor, to working with other Fellows, to mentoring new Fellows. Many of the Writing Fellows have become what I hope will be lifelong friends!”
(Sarah Brown ’15)
My favorite part about being a Writing Fellow is when a student starts to see the changes they want to make on their own. At the end of a difficult session, it's a fantastic feeling to see someone be able to take pride in what they've learned and start to apply it on their own. Usually, a student who reaches that point also is much more confident in what they can accomplish going forward, which is, to me, the whole point of the Writing Fellows.”
(Jordana Schmierer ’15)
The thing I enjoy most about being a writing fellow is having the opportunity to read papers from across all disciplines, which allows me to gain a brief insight into all the many brilliant things that go on in the classrooms, labs, and lecture halls at UR. It never fails to amaze me how no two papers are ever alike, even when coming from the same classes.”
(Ethan Dimmock ’17)
I love being a Writing Fellow because I love meeting new people and helping them communicate their thoughts. I've looked at everything from WRT 105 papers to grad school personal statements, and have had fascinating conversations with people I never otherwise would have met. Being a Fellow has also helped me hone my ability to articulate my responses to texts and discuss the writing process, making me a much stronger reader and writer.”
(Katherine Varga ’15)